January 28, 2016


Rihanna's 'ANTI' Bonus Songs: Track-by-Track Breakdown

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Christopher Polk/Getty Images for WESTBURY ROAD ENTERTAINMENT LLC

By now you definitely know that Rihanna's new album ANTI is here, streaming on Tidal and available for free to Samsung users

But coming soon to iTunes will be a deluxe version of the LP that includes three new bonus tracks: "Goodnight Gotham," "Pose" and "Sex With Me." The tracks were revealed when the iTunes store shared the album in non-United States territories, and we've got your first-listen reviews of them. 

-"Goodnight Gotham": Originally thought to be titled "A Night," this Florence & The Machine-sampling song sounded promising, with its interpolation of "Only If for a Night." Unfortunately, the final version somewhat disappoints, as Rih just sings along with the looping sample and doesn't particularly go anywhere with it. The sample was a brilliant idea and could have been crafted into a gorgeous pop track, but this ultimately falls flat.

-"Pose": A grimy beat backs Rih as she aggressively boasts about her riches and badassness ("I smoke it / I ain't never liked a broke bitch / I ain't never fucked with a ho, bitch / Quiet down!") before a chant-heavy breakdown. Also, is that the sent-message sound off an iPhone?Wonder how Samsung feels about that...

-"Sex With Me": In classic Rihanna style, the star coos about how hot she is over a dreamy beat. Some of the best lines include: "And sex with me, so amazing / All this all work, no vacation / Stay up off my Instagram with your temptation." The song closes with a trippy blend of woozy vocals, appropriately ending the deluxe version of ANTI in an experimental mode.