Rihanna’s ‘Loud’ Album: Sneak Preview

Barbados-born songbird Rihanna will unleash her fifth studio album, Loud, on November 10, and to hold us over we have an advanced glimpse of what is probably one of the most anticipated discs of the year.

MTV was given the opportunity to sample six songs form the album, and judging from their subsequent report, Loud should be quite the sexy offering indeed. One track,  the Stargate-produced “S&M,” serves as a musical paean to the joys of edgy lovemaking, with Ri-Ri belting out such bawdy lyrics as,

“Sticks and stones may break my bones/ But chains and whips excite me.”

Slightly more toned down, but no less sensual, is the power ballad “California King (Bed),” which finds Ri-Ri reflecting on better times in a recently dissolved relationship and singing,

“Chest to chest, nose to nose, palm to palm, we was always just that close.”

Love gone wrong is a recurring theme on the album, particularly on the much-hyped “Love the Way You Lie (Part II),” her follow-up to her collaboration with Eminem earlier this year. Once again paired up with Em, Rihanna offers her side of the dysfunctional relationship chronicled in  “Love the Way You Lie.” Over a tinkling piano, the singer opens the song with the ominous lyrics,

“On the first page of our story, the future seemed so bright/ Then this thing turned so evil.”

Despite such grim themes, the album does lighten up on occasion, such as on the reggae-infused party anthem “Cheers,” which hangs its hook on a sample from the 2003 Avril Lavigne song “I’m With You.”

Are you excited to hear what Rihanna has cooked up for the world with Loud? Kick up the volume a little yourself and sound off in the comments section.