This is the second track off Rihanna's second album, A Girl Like Me, which follows the massive "S.O.S." But don't think it gets drowned out: "Kisses Don't Lie" is a gritty, reggae-tinged groove that finds the then-budding singer toeing the line between her island roots and a more decisive pop sound.
Rihanna's slow jams have always showcased her vulnerability, and "Final Goodbye" shows that she mastered the tearjerker early on in her career. If the lyric "Outside the world wages its wars, I'll rest in peace as long as you know" doesn't tug at your heart strings, you might want to check your pulse.
"Sell Me Candy" has production notes from Timbaland and The-Dream, so it was bound to become a bop (yes, I still unapologetically use the word "bop"). It's a hodge-podge of hip-hop, pop, R&B and electronic melodies that will have you grooving. And Rihanna's coos of "I’m weak by your touch and when it’s melting on my lips" and "I run through my body when you lick my fingertips" will have you tingling.
Co-written by Justin Timberlake, "Cold Case Love" is the melancholic penultimate track on Rated R. When Rihanna broods, "And then I tried to cage it but your love ain't the kind you can keep," you can almost hear the tears flowing in the studio. Her willingness to display an unguarded mentality during the worst time in her life is what separates her from other artists.
"Watch n' Learn" is found way deep into Talk That Talk, but it is not to be ignored! A fan favorite, the sparkling track is flecked with dancehall basslines, Rihanna's naughty vocal inflections and a vibrant melody that will find you wanting to sway your hips on a significant other (or your sidepiece...we won't tell).
“Kiss it Better” is a toxic thrill about an addicting love that slipped through her fingers—and now she wants it back even if it feels like crack. It is a little bit of ’80s Prince, a splash of TLC’s “Red Light Special” and all-around heartbreaking and beautifully intimate. Let's just hope it becomes ANTI's next single.
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