Anti

Anti

by Rihanna

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Overview

Anti existed as an album cycle before it existed as an album -- arguably long before Rihanna knew what form her eighth album would take, either. Work on Anti began in the autumn of 2014 and proceeded in semi-public, progress being measured in Instagram posts and tweets, along with intermittent singles, each released to white-hot anticipation but none metamorphosing into massive hits. When Anti finally appeared in January 2016 -- three years after Unapologetic and months later than expected -- it bore none of these 2015 singles, a move that suggests a tacit acknowledgment that neither the curiously muted Kanye West and Paul McCartney collaboration "FourFiveSeconds" nor the unrestrained roar of "Bitch Better Have My Money" functioned as appropriate anchors for the album. Then again, neither would've felt at home on the cloistered Anti, the first of Rihanna's records to feel constructed as a front-to-back album. Such a sustained sensibility distinguishes Anti from its predecessors, records where album cuts often felt like afterthoughts. That's not the case with Anti. This is an album whose heart lies within its deep cuts. Mood matters more than either hooks or rhythm: it's a subdued, simmering affair, its songs subtly shaded yet interlocked to create a vibe caught halfway between heartbreak and ennui. The latter has always been a specialty of Rihanna -- her distance from her material was at once appealing and alienating -- so hearing her lean into "Love on the Brain" and "Higher" is something of a revelation: her voice is hoarse and ravaged, yet she's also controlled and precise, knowing how to hone these imperfections so her performance echoes classic soul while feeling fresh. These songs come at the end of the album, after a series of songs that drift and wonder, the sound of an artist trying to figure out not only what her album is but who she is. By the end of Anti, Rihanna may not arrive at any definitive conclusions about her art but she's allowed herself to be unguarded and anti-commercial, resulting in her most compelling record to date.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/05/2016
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0851365006103
catalogNumber: 002299302
Rank: 20247

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rihanna   Primary Artist
Nuno Bettencourt   Guitar
James Fauntleroy   Background Vocals
Fred Ball   Drums,Keyboards
Brian Seals   Keyboards
Mick Schultz   Guitar
Joseph Angel   Drums,Keyboards
Shea Taylor   Keyboards
Travis Scott   Vocals
Carter Lang   Organ,Synthesizer Bass

Technical Credits

Jerry Butler   Composer
Jean-Paul Bourelly   Composer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Monte Moir   Composer
Kevin Parker   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Ernest Wilson   Composer
Kuk Harrell   Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer
Chris Godbey   Composer,Engineer
Dido Armstrong   Composer
Tim Mosley   Composer
Daniel Jones   Composer,Producer
Jean Baptiste   Composer
Paul Herman   Composer
Jeff Bhasker   Composer,Producer
James Fauntleroy   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Daniel Jones   Composer,Producer
Brian Kennedy   Producer
Fred Ball   Composer,Producer
Marcos Tovar   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
S.C.U.M.   Producer
Nathaniel Alford   Engineer
Mick Schultz   Composer,Producer
Aubrey "Drake" Graham   Composer
B. Seals   Composer
Joseph Angel   Arranger,Composer
Shea Taylor   Composer,Producer
Frank Dukes   Producer
Brian Kennedy Seals   Composer
Jeremy Felton   Composer
DJ Mustard   Producer
Kevin Parker   Composer,Producer
Matthew Samuels   Composer
Dijon McFarlane   Composer
Terius Nash   Composer
Charles Hinshaw   Composer
Chauncey Hollis   Composer
Daniela Rivera   Engineer
Khaled Rohaim   Composer
Nick Audino   Composer
Lewis Hughes   Composer
Robyn Fenty   Composer,Poetry,Executive Producer
Abel Tesfaye   Composer
Travis Scott   Additional Production
Adam Feeney   Composer
Blake Mares   Engineer
Stan Greene   Engineer
Allen Ritter   Composer
Glass John   Additional Production
Jacques Webster   Composer
Solana Rowe   Composer
Bibi Bourelly   Composer
Fade Majah   Producer
Krystin Watkins   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Brittany Hazzard   Composer
Derrus Rachel   Composer
Te Whiti Warbrick   Composer
Rupert Thomas   Composer
Evon Barnes   Composer
Jahron Brathwaite   Composer
Tyran Donaldson   Composer
Chad Sabo   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Chloe Mitchell   Poetry
John Glass   Composer
Roy Nachum   Poetry,Artwork
Rook Monroe   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Teddy Sinclair   Composer

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Anti 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Con More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for We Found Love and Rude Boy Rihanna, go buy her first 7 albums. This 8th album shows her growth and shows you a range of different genres. There's a taste of Neo, trap, dancehall, even a dash of western inspired all in one braille covered album. This is ANTI-RIHANNA , its not the music you'd expect from the "Music of the Sun - Unapolagetic Rihanna" . It's something new and I LOVE IT!