@Rihanna shines bright on the genre-refracting #Diamond #SongOfTheMoment

“Find light in the beautiful sea | I choose to be happy | You and I, you and I | We’re like diamonds in the sky

You’re a shooting star I see | A vision of ecstasy | When you hold me, I’m alive | We’re like diamonds in the sky”

– Rihanna, “Diamonds”

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Artist: Rihanna

Song: “Diamonds” (on sale online – iTunes – today!)

Album: (Untitled as of now…), to be released November 2012

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Taking the fans and listeners in a totally different direction, Rihanna bounces back from her darker club-influenced hip-hop/electro releases (Look to “Cockiness (I Love It),” “Birthday Cake” or even “Where Have You Been,” three of my favorite bar-dancing songs — still to this day) to release a singer/songwriter-esque single that had been jazzed up with some electronic drifts and sound effects. Overall, it’s very different from what we may be used to from the Barbadan beauty, especially recently, but that’s the thing about Rihanna: her record label/manager she knows just when to pull out and reinvent the whole pop genre.

During the first 10 seconds, I had to check to make sure I hadn’t accidentally played a Lana Del Rey song instead. It’s that diverse from her work from the past four years. The only songs she released that come close to this new sound are “Hard” and “Russian Roulette” due to their militaristic style — this comes out in the beat for “Diamonds.”

Side note: does anyone else see the striking similarities (melodically) with M83’sMidnight City?” (One of my MOST favorite Free Singles of the Week on iTunes)

Lyrically, the single has nothing to worry about; it was penned by “in” singer/songwriter Sia Furler. So, in other words, Rihanna has an all-star team behind her and is able to pull out this amazing song. The thing is, while I clearly hear Rihanna’s voice crooning to the beat, I keep picturing it so much better with Sia’s voice.

Though the song does not feel like the most perfect fit for this R&B princess, I’m hoping it will become a hit  for her. I mean she has some balls her work cut out for her trying to redefine her signature sound. But, hey, maybe after 30 listens, I’m sure I, along with the rest of the world, will be at Rihanna’s feet saying this is the best thing ever made.

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GRADE: ★★★★☆

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What’re your thoughts on this new single? Comment Below!

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