Tuesday, January 01, 2008

#31 Rihanna, "Don't Stop The Music"

I just can't refuse it
Like the way you do this
Keep on rockin' to it
Please don't stop the
Please don't stop the music

I did not adore "Umbrella." I thought it was...fine, which would be OK, but I'd loved both of the lead singles for Rihanna's previous albums, "Pon de Replay" and "S.O.S.", as well as "Pon de Replay"'s follow-up "If It's Lovin' That You Want." Luckily, her third album (and the first one I own), Good Girl Gone Bad, proved to have more than enough good-to-great songs on it to make up for any less-than-total-love feelings I might have had about "Umbrella" (give me six to twelve months and I'll probably adore it). The Michael Jackson-sampling "Don't Stop The Music" is one of them, a pop-dance track that manages to be something that seems rare for commercial songs in that subgenre: classy.

Find it on: Good Girl Gone Bad


madforsadler said...

I definitely agree with your idea of Umbrella- I was in Italy when it was released over there, and heard it almost everyday there, and then came home, where it became big here. Being overplayed against my will also ruined "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley for me, but oh well. Have you heard McFly's cover? That is worth replaying.

Yuяi said...

PPG, thank God I'm not alone in liking "DSTM"! I totally agree with your assessment. Very classy indeed. The sample is not overused, nor is the song built around the sample. I think it complements an already "good" pop song.

Poster Girl said...

Oh gosh, yes, I can completely understand! It's so difficult for songs to not lose some of their sparkle when you hear them over and over and over and over and over again. I think I did hear McFly's cover once, but haven't since--I'll have to go look it up again!

Oh, no, not alone at all! You're exactly right about the sample, too, and that's a really good point to make--it's not just a case of a good sample pulling a song along, but it adds something to it.