Rihanna A Girl Like Me
Rolling Stone: 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he burning rock guitar of 'Kisses Don't Lie' and haunted strings of 'Unfaithful' help make A GIRL LIKE ME much more likable."
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- Released: April 25, 2006
- Originally Released: 2006
- Label: Def Jam
Rolling Stone - p.983 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he burning rock guitar of 'Kisses Don't Lie' and haunted strings of 'Unfaithful' help make A GIRL LIKE ME much more likable."
Entertainment Weekly - p.135"[With] effortlessly cool reggae-lite confections like 'Dem Haters' and 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love'." -- Grade: B-
- $1.29 on iTunes1.S.O.S.
- $1.29 on iTunes2.Kisses Don't Lie
- $1.29 on iTunes3.Unfaithful
- $1.29 on iTunes4.We Ride
- $1.29 on iTunes5.Dem Haters - (featuring Dwane Husbands)
- $1.29 on iTunes6.Final Goodbye
- $1.29 on iTunes7.Break It Off
- $1.29 on iTunes8.Crazy Little Thing Called Love
- $1.29 on iTunes9.Selfish Girl
- $1.29 on iTunes10.P.S. (I'm Still Not Over You)
- $1.29 on iTunes11.A Girl Like Me
- $1.29 on iTunes12.Million Miles Away, A - (bonus track, featuring Corey Gunz)
- $1.29 on iTunes13.If It's Lovin' That You Want, Pt. 2
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Personnel: Rihanna (vocals); Dwane Husbands, Cory Gunz, Sean Paul (vocals); Carl Sturken (guitar, piano, keyboards, programming); Luke McCaster, Andy Bassford (guitar); Abe Appleman, Maura Giannini, Jeanne Ingram, Yana Goichman, Marti Sweet, Cenovia Cummins , Richard Sortomme, Katherine LiVolsi Stern, Ann Leathers, Jan Mullen, Yuri Vodovoz (violin); Sue Pray, Crystal Garner, Jill Jaffe (viola); Eugene Briskin, Gene Moye, Richard Locker (cello); Kevin Batchelor (trumpet); Clark Gayton (trombone); Ted Hemberger (percussion); Evan Rogers (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Donovan "Vendetta" Bennett; Al Hemberger; Mike City; Patrick Viala; Phil Tan.
Recording information: 2 Hard Studios, Kingston, Jamaica; Avatar Studios, New York, NY; Barmitzvah Hall Studios, Century City, CA; Battery Studios, New York, NY; Blue Wave Studio, St. Philip, Barbados; Conway Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Digital Insight Recording Studios, Las Vegas, NV; Hinge Studios, Chicago, IL; Record Plant Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; The Loft, Bronxville, NY; Unsung Studio, Sherman Oaks, CA.
Photographers: Nichell Delvaille; Tony Duran .
Rihanna's "Pon the Replay" was the jam of summer 2005, and with good reason: its Caribbean-flavored rhythms and infectious, singalong chorus made it nearly irresistible. The Barbados-born singer's full-length, MUSIC OF THE SUN, performed well on the strength of the single, and offered more of Rihanna's commercially tailored dancehall-pop.
A GIRL LIKE ME, Rihanna's sophomore release, is less overtly dancehall-influenced than its predecessor. Instead, the album makes a more straightforward play for mainstream R&B appeal. The album's lead-off single and video "SOS," for example, centers on a sample from Soft Cell's version of "Tainted Love" (including the immediately recognizable laser-gun sound), making for a bouncy, sexy pop confection. "Unfaithful" is an R&B ballad that finds Rihanna in torch mode, and sounds like a hit in the making. While there's nothing quite as striking as "Pon the Replay" here, there is plenty to power Rihanna's rise up the charts.