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Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded
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Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0602517721425
Format: Extra tracks
Label: Island
Manufacturer: Island
Number Of Discs: 1
Publisher: Island
Release Date: 2008-06-17
Studio: Island

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Editorial Reviews:

In one of the biggest jumps ever recorded in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Rihanna's newest single "Take A Bow" rockets from #53 to #1 this week. "Take A Bow" also debuts at #1-bullet on the Billboard Hot Digital Songs Chart with a phenomenal first week of 266,696 scans. The song was written by fellow Def Jam artist Ne-Yo and produced by Stargate, the same team responsible for Rihanna's "Unfaithful" (of 2006), and "Hate That I Love You," her Top 10 duet with Ne-Yo released late last year. "Take A Bow" raises the curtain on the upcoming new CD U.S.release of Rihanna's GOOD GIRL GONE BAD: RELOADED. The new configuration arrives in stores on June 17th - the week after the album officially marks its historic 52nd week on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

The original 12-song CD version of GOOD GIRL GONE BAD - source of the non-stop string of hit singles that began with the MTV VMA and Grammy Award-winning global #1 hit "Umbrella" (featuring Jay-Z), then "Shut Up and Drive," "Hate That I Love You" (featurĀ­ing Ne-Yo), and the current "Don't Stop the Music" - will now be augmented with three bonus tracks: 1) "Take A Bow"; 2) a cover version of Maroon 5's "If I Never See Your Face Again" (featurĀ­ing Maroon 5); and 3) "Disturbia."

GOOD GIRL GONE BAD (released June 5, 2007) was the third album release in less than two years by multi-platinum MTV VMA, Grammy, and American Music Award winning artist - and CoverGirl spokesperson - Rihanna. It followed-up 2006's RIAA platinum A Girl Like Me, containing the back-to-back hits, "S.O.S." and "Unfaithful"; and her RIAA gold debut from 2005, Music Of the Sun, featuring the worldwide smash, "Pon De Replay."


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Summary: A New Album for Three Songs?
Comment: Pretty slimey on the part of the record company rereleasing the 2007 version of the an album a year later with three new songs tacked onto the old version. Couldn't they come up with more than three new songs so they could release a new album? I already have the 2007 version...I'm not buying the 2008 version. What's next? Another three new songs for a 2009 re-rerelease?

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Summary: Good CD
Comment: The Cd is worth purchase if you are a fan. The CD has several hits old and newer.

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Summary: what a pity....
Comment: .....the US-version of this Rihanna latest outing doesn't have the song "Cry"(UK exclusive bonus track...WTF? How about her fans in the US and also from around the globe?). Another evil marketing ploy played by the people in the music industry who are milking her success while she's on heavy rotation around the world.
"Reloaded", "Special Extended Version", etc. It seems useless buying the first pressed cds. Because after a very SHORT while, the greedy music company will released...ooops, re-released the cd as a spanky new cd with 1 or 2 worthless track. No wonder the music industry is dying. No offence,
but i am truly tired of repackaged cd, tour-version cd and all these rubbish. Sighs.

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Summary: An angel
Comment: She sings like an angel, and she looks like an angel. Brilliant record, gorgeous songs. She can touch your heart. She has certainly touched mine!!! I play her record every day, since the day I've got her album.
Robyn thank you for your songs...Jakob

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Summary: This good girl is pretty bad; that is, bad meaning good...
Comment: Some say that Rihanna is just a gimmick. I actually had a debate with some friends recently on Rihanna and Beyonce, trying to decide who the better singer was. Don't get me wrong, in all technical terms Beyonce has the better voice, but I hate the term technical for it has no emotion attached to it. Technical is just a lazy term we adopt to try and give our opinions validity. You either enjoy listening to Beyonce's blandly familiar vocals or you don't. Honestly, she has pipes, but her pipes sound like everyone else's pipes. To me she doesn't stand out. Rihanna on the other hand has a voice all her own. Sure, she may not be able to hit the Mariah octaves, but she has this sultry spunk in her voice that engages me much more than Beyonce.

So, with that said I decided to give her latest album another listen and give it my grade. I was meaning to do this with Beyonce as well, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I imagine my review for her album will start out pretty much the same as this one.

So let's look at `Good Girl Gone Bad' track by track, shall we.

`Umbrella' has such a catchy and infectious beat; one can't help but love it. You just want to move to it, sing along with it, and a song like that is worth its weight in gold. There's no question as to why this song has been adopted as the anthem of this past summer.

`Push Up on Me' has a club ready beat complete with Rihanna's inviting vocals that drive the song from beginning to end. The track may not be suited for listening to while driving in your car, but it is prime dance music; as is `Please Don't Stop the Music', which I was less than impressed with until I actually heard it played in a club and the beat took over my body. Now I have a better appreciation of this track, for while I may not just sit and listen to this, I hope they play it every time I'm at a dance club.

`Breakin' Dishes' may be the best track on the album, and like `Umbrella' the beat is so infectious that one cannot help but get lost in it. Also, like `Umbrella', `Breakin' Dishes' is not strictly dancehall fun. Sure, the song is tailor-made for the club, but I enjoy listening to this song in the car, at work, in my house; pretty much anytime it comes on I stop and enjoy. `Shut Up and Drive' was one of the singles from the album that caught everyone's attention. The rock-and-roll vibe to the song is a lot of fun and the lyrics are flirty and suggestive and a lot of fun to recite. The song is just enjoyable, even if it is nothing short of pop fluff.

`Hate That I Love You' is a nicely done ballad featuring Ne-Yo. I like Ne-Yo sometimes, but his congested sounding voice can get on my nerves at times, and in my opinion Rihanna should have went with her real life leading man Chris Brown instead. The song is a nice track, but it could have been better in my opinion.

`Say It' is the first annoying track on the album. I like the beat, which is bouncy and fun, but Rihanna gets on my nerves in this song. It's just poorly constructed in my opinion. I skip it.

`Sell Me Candy' is kind of corny in parts but is ultimately engaging. The whole bridge part saves the track, Rihanna's vocals caressing our eardrums beautifully. It's a great club song (as you can tell, the album is littered with them) but it is also engaging enough to be listened to outside of the crowded dance floor. `Rehab' is a nice club/ballad; Rihanna's vocals move softly against a beat that sounds lifted from Justin Timberlake's last album. It's silky, and I like that. It's an easy song to listen to, and it sounds fresh when placed alongside the albums heavier hitting balance.

`Question Existence' is a strange track to say the least. It was a nice effort, but ultimately I think it fails at what it sets out to do. I carries a darker message when compared to the balance of the album, and the way Rihanna goes about it, the beat, the lyrics, the structure; it just doesn't quite work that well. `Good Girl Gone Bad' is another deeper track in the vein of `Question Existence', and it fares better thanks to a more standard delivery; almost sounding soulfully folksy at times. I don't particularly care for the track all too much, but it is not technically `bad'.

The album picks up with `Lemme Get That', a island influenced track that thrives on hard hitting beats and Rihanna's sensual vocals. Thankfully she embraced her background, bringing flare to this track that is not really seen on the rest of the album. This is probably my favorite track here; for she brings the islands to the states with power, spunk and charisma.

And then there are the three bonus tracks included on this version of the CD. Of course we all know and love `Disturbia', or at least we all should. It may not be as great as `Umbrella' but seriously, it's awesome. `Take A Bow' is yet another attempt at the ballad, and Rihanna really should stay away from these (thankfully this album is club heavy as apposed to ballad heavy). She doesn't have a very strong ballad voice, but her slinky accented voice is very comfortable with club hits. Her duet with Maroon Five is a definite highlight, and she really seems right where she belongs. Great choice; really.

So, gimmick or not, Rihanna has the goods. Yes, her songs don't broach any new territory (the majority are about relationships) but they are fun and fresh and enjoyable. Her unique vocals are instantly recognizable, and it's nice to listen to someone who sounds like herself, and not a carbon copy of every other (superior) diva out there.


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