We're beginning to become shiny. This is Diamonds by Rihanna.
Official audio, click here.
Diamonds, the first single off Rihanna's seventh studio album, is very different. Not like any of her past hits, even most fans are actually agreeing with me. However, this is not a negative point, but rather, an exclusive and a plus point to Rihanna's already extravaganza career.
Seven, which is the name of Rihanna's seventh studio album, will hit stores November. However, Diamonds, as said, is a very typical love song with same exact tunes of a ballad. Not saying it's not targeted in the pop genre, but it is favorable and it is a very magnificent work.
Co-written by Sia, and produced by Benny Blanco and StarGate, Diamonds is going to rock the world with it's release. Already debuting on the Billboard Hot 100 with a top 20 entry, it is surely going to become a top 10 hit steadily like most of Rihanna's other songs (singles, not re-releases or promotional singles). On to the song.
As the song starts, you can hear the piano being played with a voice similar to Lana Del Rey repeating 'Shine bright like a diamond / Shine bright like a diamond'. After that, the song kicks in with the drums and Rihanna's first verse. 'Find light in the beautiful sea / I choose to be happy / You and I, you and I / We're like diamonds in the sky / You're a shooting star I see / A vision of ecstasy / When you hold me / I'm alive.' Which, I must say, is also a deterrence from her past hits, which Diamonds proves to be slow, soft and very edgy on most terms. However, Rihanna's softer side showed that she was still able to deliver. And the lyrics however, also talked about love, which is very uncompromising.
The pre-chorus and the chorus are what really revolved around the song. It was probably the nucleus, as I'd say. 'So shine bright, tonight, you and I / We're beautiful like diamonds in the sky / Eye to eye, so alive / We're beautiful like diamonds in the sky'. This is what Rihanna does so perfectly, that she had never done before. At least, for me, that I'd never hear her done before. She hits the notes without actually exerting too much pressure and eventually killing the song. With a slow ballad, she does it absolutely well. Filled with electronic music and soul, with touching lyrics and a positive attitude, Rihanna's direction is in great amplitude.
ORIGINALITY: 9/10 - Rihanna's departure could mean something positive, an originality, she scores a 9. That's just one.
SOUND: 9/10 - A back bone of so many soundings that felt really similar with a new direction, Diamonds is a pure, raw and soft powerful ballad.
LYRICS: 9/10 - Positive, great and happy. As Rihanna has said, it is well-written, well-crafted. That is all that is, a powerful package in one.
OVERALL RATINGS: 27/30 - Rihanna's new direction has got me amped for Seven. You ready? Because I'm playing Diamonds for days, since it's already on My Playlist. Let's spin it!
Benny Ong: Just your regular guy who likes soccer more than most people, and also a little downtime is pretty nice.