Barbadian beauty turns up the heat

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 June, 2007, 12:00am

Rihanna's new album Good Girl Gone Bad offers both good news and bad. To expand her repertoire, Rihanna has dropped the unique Barbadian rhythms of her previous albums in favour of urban beats and mainstream melodies. This should attract new listeners, but may disappoint existing fans.

On the upside, the 19-year-old's third album features twelve tracks bursting with a variety of musical styles, from reggae-influenced pop to acoustic R&B.

Opening song Umbrella is a soulful duet with hip-hop master Jay-Z which has done well on music charts around the world.

Another highlight is Shut Up and Drive, a 'bad girl' song which combines Rihanna's unique voice with a deafening bass line to create a highly danceable tune.

But despite its title, the album features more passionate songs than sleazy rhymes.

There is also a deluxe edition of the album available, with twelve dance remixes including international hit single SOS.

With three albums under her belt and collaborations with hit-makers like Ne-Yo, Jay-Z, and Justin Timberlake, Rihanna's music is set to grow and develop with each new album.

For now, Good Girl Gone Bad is a must-buy for the summer.