Does Rihanna ever take a day off?
Besides singing hooks on every major rapper's single and constantly touring, she cranks out an album a year, even if that means recording in the tour bus. To her credit, Talk That Talk doesn't come across like a rush job pumped out between sound checks and hotel check-ins. It's actually more solid than last year's inconsistent Loud.
She's less gloomy and dark than on her last few albums, but the horny, sex-obsessed subject matter is even more dominant. She's amped up that side of her persona so much that it's starting to come across as camp, which works better than you'd think.
The brilliantly ridiculous Bangladesh-produced Cockiness (Love It) shows what she can do when paired with a hitmaker who isn't trying to emulate the established RiRi formula. When she's not challenging herself in that way, she can sound a little bored, but you could argue that's part of her ice-queen R&B appeal.
Top track: Cockiness (Love It)