Alex’s Pop Music Vault: 10 Years of Rihanna’s ‘Rated R’

by Alex Knepper Rated R is Rihanna's Blackout. It's nocturnal, aggressive, slightly sinister, and comes from a place of genuine emotional desperation and an exhaustion with everyone's expectations of her. From the album cover, we can tell what the attitude of this record is going to be: in the metallic close-up of her face, Rihanna, … Continue reading Alex’s Pop Music Vault: 10 Years of Rihanna’s ‘Rated R’

Alex’s Pop Music Vault: Rihanna – ‘Love Without Tragedy/Mother Mary’

by Alex Knepper As I'm coming up on 30, I think it would be a fun project to chronicle some of the best songs I have come across over the years in my typically-gay obsession with melodic pop sung by women. I don't claim any great original taste in this department, but my curation of … Continue reading Alex’s Pop Music Vault: Rihanna – ‘Love Without Tragedy/Mother Mary’