Rihanna benefits from the knowing production work of Syndicated Rhythm Productions, aka Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken, who together produced a laundry list of contemporary teen pop sensations during the prior decade. What these guys do that's so irresistibly shrewd is synthesize Caribbean rhythms and beats with standard-issue urban dance-pop: Caribbean-inflected urban, if you will. So while a song like "Pon de Replay" is driven by booming dancehall/reggaeton-lite beats and a reggae vocal cadence (and title spelling), it's a simple and distinctly American, dance-pop song at its core. In other words, it's like a dancehall remix of Beyoncé that's not too dancehall. The best songs on Music of the Sun follow this appealing template, including the similarly catchy few songs that follow the aforementioned album-opening smash hit: "Here I Go Again," "If It's Lovin' That You Want," and "You Don't Love Me (No, No, No)."
Performance CreditsRihanna Primary Artist
Rob Mounsey Conductor
Full Force Background Vocals
Kenneth Burward-Hoy Viola
Stephanie Cummins Cello
Ann Leathers Violin
Richard Locker Cello
Jan Mullen Violin
Sue Pray Viola
Mark Orrin Shuman Cello
Richard Sortomme Concert Master
Carl Sturken Guitar,Piano,Keyboards
Marti Sweet Violin
Cenovia Cummins Violin
Avril Brown Violin
Debra Shufelt Viola
Carol Webb Violin
Yana Goichman Violin
Lawrence Glazener Bass
Vince Lionti Viola
Elizabeth Nielson Violin
Uri Vodoz Violin
Technical CreditsWillie Cobbs Composer
Rob Mounsey String Arrangements
Full Force Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Evan Rogers Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Samuel Barnes Composer
Scott La Rock Composer
Ellas McDaniel Composer
Matt Noble Engineer
Carl Sturken Composer,Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Diane Warren Composer
Nathan Watts Composer
Poke & Tone Producer
Jean Claude "Poke" Olivier Composer
Vada Nobles Composer,Producer
Johnny Nice Producer,Engineer
Makeba Riddick Composer
Michelle "Graffitti" Graf Package Production
Rudy Maya Producer,drum programming
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen Composer
Andy West Art Direction
Tor Erik Hermansen Composer
Lawrence Parker Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Music of the Sun [iTunes Reduced Price Version]] based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
i really like this cd it really cool
When I heard her first single I didn't think that Rihanna was goning to have any talent but I did like the single a little bit so when her C.D. came out I checked it. Suprise Suprise she does have talent and she is very good at every different knid of music she does on the c.d. I really enjoyed this c.d.
A talented young lady with a beautiful voice and no dirty lyrics. Congrats! We here in Barbados are proud of you girl.
Great CD..nice vocals..Great Songs..My favorites are "Here I Go Again" and "If It's Lovin That You Want".
The best song on this cd is S.O.S. I always have liked this song.
this cd was really good i thought. its so surprising that rihanna is ONLY 17 years old and she sounds so mature. and for the most part, she's a pretty clean artist. she reminded me in some songs, especially "the last time" of a young beyonce. she's one to watch.
She's amazing and she got my first name robyn but anyways i wanna say that her album is great and "Pon De replay" And If It's Lovin That You Want" those hits are banging and dancehall vibe to it and that she really talented upstage and she has beyoncesque and ciarasque in her and she really beautiful in out and inside and she gonna get even bigger her album is a smash hit and her singles or smashes they are bananas!!!!!!!! I also Keep going gurl do your thang!!!!!!!
I love this cd, especially the song Pon de Replay, it's such a good dance song!
Rihanna I just have to give you props on this CD!!! I remember hearing Pon De Replay on the radio wondering who it is. I didn't care I would make up these dances to it and then I learned it was Rihanna. I didn't know who Rihanna was but I knew she had to be talented to be heard on the radio every 5 seconds. Once I heard the cd, I just love all the songs and them lyrics are just phenomenal. No dirty or triflant lyrics just straight clean like we whould be listening to. I hope you make more albums. My favorite song has to be "If It's Lovin That You Want" and the video is tight too.
Rihanna is soooo good, I love her new CD. She doesn't really have a unique voice, she sounds like JoJo, Ciara, and/or Beyonce. I still think the style of her music IS unique. Some of the songs sound "island-like". I've never heard anything like it, over all!!!
Rihanna is reallly good and I think that she has an outstanding voice. She's so new, and pretty, and Rihanna really stands out in the crowd. Her music is especially different, because most of her songs are hip hop, or R&B, but some of her music is island reggae and I can't wait til her next CD, A girl like me, comes out. I'll be the first one to get it!!