Rihanna - ANTI (2016)

Reason for Listening:
#96 on the Billboard 200 (Week of 20210213). Weeks on Chart greater than 1.5x the rank.
Last Week: 109 | Peak: 1 | Weeks on Chart: 254
There was a time when I found a lot of Rihanna's popular pop songs to be annoyingly repetitive but eventually many of those songs grew on me. As such, when I saw this album on the charts, I thought I should give it a listen (I've yet to listen to a Rihanna album). On a totally unrelated note, my mind was blown when I recently learned that Rihanna pronounces her name ree-AN-na (rhymes with Princess Diana of Wales) not ree-AH-na (rhymes with Princess Anna of Arendelle from Frozen).
Standard cover

Released 20160128.
13 songs. 43:36. ANTI (2016)
13+3 songs. 43:36+07:18. ANTI (Deluxe) (2016)
First listen. Deluxe.

Songs in bold are the bonus tracks on the deluxe edition.
3: "Love on the Brain";
2: "Work" (ft. Drake); "Higher"; "Sex with Me";
1: "Needed Me"; "Same Ol' Mistakes"; "Close to You"; "Pose";
0: "Consideration" (ft. SZA); "Kiss It Better"; "Desperado"; "Yeah, I Said It"; "Never Ending"; "Goodnight Gotham";
-1: "James Joint"; "Woo";

Prior to listening to this album, I had heard the singles "Work" and "Love on the Brain" - I really liked the latter. Unfortunately, the rest of the album didn't interest me to the same degree. I did, however, like the sound of "Higher." It reminded me of her vocals on "FourFiveSeconds".

Overall Rating: 3.0/5
Favorite Song: "Love on the Brain"

Deluxe edition cover

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