Rihanna's 'Birthday Cake': Reasons to listen
February 22, 2012 7:30 AM Subscribe
Rihanna's 'Birthday Cake': Reasons to listen (Ann Powers, NPR)
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"I'm choosing to do something else, though — to wrestle with the material at hand. As a music critic and, on a personal level, as someone who's long considered pop to be a crucial avenue for understanding the intricacies of the human heart and soul, I'm committed to engaging with the music that makes us sit up and take notice. I'm willing to try, even if those songs expose or even encourage aspects of behaviors that aren't so savory. I don't think "Turn Up the Music" tells us much; "Birthday Cake" is a different matter. So I'll continue trying to grasp what's happening in a song that makes many — but not all — of us want to turn away."
all round.)Chris Brown perfomed twice and won an award at the Grammys
on Sunday February 12th, two years after his brutal physical assault
(trigger warning: photos and description
) on then-girlfriend Rihanna led to her performance being cancelled
. Brown lashed out at criticism on Twitter (and then deleted the tweets)
, evidently seeing his award as vindication.
Just as the Grammys controversy was dying down, Rihanna and Brown confirmed speculation that they had been collaborating, each releasing
a remix featuring the other. The result has been a shitstorm, with the remixed described as "Cynical. Painful. And unbearably pathetic."
and, er, GENIUS mind-fucking the world
Birthday Cake (Remix) - Rihanna feat. Chris Brown
Turn Up the Music (Remix) - Chris Brown feat. Rihanna