Mike Atkinson

Rihanna – Umbrella (Def Jam, 2007)

Posted in The Stylus Decade by Mike A on February 26, 2010

This review originally appeared as part of The Stylus Decade, January 2010.

It’s a snowball of a song: accruing power as its arrangement steadily builds, its anthemic status boosted by each week spent at the top of the charts (seven in the US, and a decade-besting ten in the UK). Even as late as January 2009, we could still buy into its happy-ever-after sentiment—as demonstrated on the last Chris Brown tour, where Rihanna habitually strolled out unannounced, dressed down in sweater and jeans, for a re-worded duet (Brown: “You can be my Cinderella, ella, ella.”) But as the fairy tale fractured, key elements of the track’s magic drained away, perhaps diminishing its stock value in polls like these. Well, didn’t we all expect it to place higher than 70th?

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  1. Gigs of 2010 « troubled diva said, on December 31, 2010 at 11:41 am

    […] etc 14. Avi Buffalo 15. Hadouken!, Unicorn Kid 16. Jackie Leven 17. The Invisible 18. Plan B 19. Rihanna, Pixie Lott, Tinie Tempah 20. Bella Hardy Trio 21. Sugarhill Gang 22. Chris Wood 23. Belleruche 24. Squeeze, […]


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