The Bottom Line
There is nothing complex or particularly moving about Rihanna's new single "We Found Love." However, it is certainly breezy and catchy. She heads to the dance floor with Scottish producer and DJ Calvin Harris on this first single from her upcoming sixth studio album. It has barely been a year since "Only Girl (In the World)" kicked off the music from Loud and that album's single "Cheers (Drink To That)" is currently in the pop top 10. There is a risk here of over-exposure, but with Rihanna's track record, it is likely to just keep the momentum moving.
- Breezy, light, and catchy production
- Solid unaffected lyrics
- Memorable hook line - "We found love in a hopeless place"
- A little slight
- Produced by Calvin Harris
- Included on Rihanna's upcoming sixth studio album
- Released September 2011 by Def Jam
Guide Review - Rihanna - "We Found Love" featuring Calvin Harris
The chorus line of, "We found love in a hopeless place," will certainly sound fantastic booming out of club speakers. It won't be bad from your car radio as well. "We Found Love" is slight on lyrical depth, but the dance pop production from Calvin Harris is flawless. The producer and DJ has six top 10 pop singles at home in the UK and his second album Ready For the Weekend hit #1. He was an opening act on part of Rihanna's tour in support of Loud which was the occasion for their artistic connection.
"We Found Love" is the lead single from Rihanna's upcoming sixth studio album. As always, this marks another stylistic shift. Unlike her past dance floor smashes "Don't Stop the Music" and "S.O.S.," there is a very light touch here. Rihanna's vocals are also simple and unaffected here without being faceless. There is no doubt this is a Rihanna record, but it does manage to sound original yet again. Rihanna's greatest strength, the lack of repeating herself, works once again.
"We Found Love" should have no problem becoming Rihanna's phenomenal 20th top 10 pop hit in the US. It will also create her sixth consecutive year with three or more top 10 pop hits. No one, not Lady Gaga or Katy Perry, make creating pop hit singles sound easier and more effortless than Rihanna. "We Found Love" will sound great on any fall pop playlist, and that really is all we can ask.