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Wednesday 08 October 2008

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5th September 2008

Rihanna doesn’t wear the pants

Posted by: Kitten Power

rihanna2.jpgRihanna and Chris Brown are coming to New Zealand . . . to celebrate, my friend “Kermitguy” (who is much keener on pop than I) has checked out her re-released album, which includes a DVD featuring some live performances.  So just what might Kiwi fans expect from the pop princess onstage . . .?  Keep reading to find out!  KP

Multi-platinum Grammy winning artist Rihanna is back with her re-released album ‘Good Girl Gone Bad.’ The two-disc package includes her single, “Take A Bow” and a cover version of Maroon 5’s “If I Never See Your Face Again” (featuring the band).

Second time around, fans get a sneak preview of her live show with several performances on the DVD bonus disk.  There seems to be a trend with pop artists at the moment… record an album… if it’s deemed almost a success… add additional tracks…. throw in a DVD, repackage it and sell it all over again.  Perhaps a clever marketing ploy to capture the ipod generation of ‘free-downloaders’.

The album has a string of smash hits commercial familiar to R&B radio fans, but it’s the DVD that could take some by surprise.  In its live perfomances, Rihanna might as well be naked on stage, as she frequently dances around poles in skimpy PVC tops, minus pants, in underwear probably best sold at most adult mega stores.

The stage production is let down by tacky scaffolding pushed around on stage by over the top sexed up dancers. 

Rihanna can sing live, and her decision to employee background singers, instead of opting for the usual pre-recorded backing track, gives her performance credibility, well almost.  Her vocal ability, general matches her album, and the live band does an excellent job of dressing up the thinly produced production heard on some of her singles.

But you can’t take Rihanna seriously, especially when she sings about love, dressed in outfits more fitting for an underground strip show.

The tracks on her album produced by Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake are all too clear, as they have managed to stamp their trademark sound all over her singles, making it difficult to distinguish where she starts and they end.

Still, judging by the demo DVD, she puts on an entertaining high production values show, which is sure to sell out when she and her ‘rumoured boyfriend’ Chris Brown perform in Auckland and Wellington in October.


Rihanna and Chris Brown play Auckland’s Vector Arena on Monday, October 27 and Wellington’s TSB Arena on Wednesday, October 29.

Tags: General · Music

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chris Moran // Sep 5, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Nice writing style. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Chris Moran

  • 2 Matt // Sep 6, 2008 at 12:19 am

    Rihanna is greaaaat! I bet she’s one of the most reliable current artists! Who else, in the music world, released three EXCELLENT albums in such a short time??

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