Laced with her usual amount of attitude and confrontational approach, ANTI saw Rihanna pulling the creative reigns with force and broadening her horizons. It featured songs which were more raw, more direct and more unapologetic, if that is even possible. Demanding respect on tracks such as 'Consideration' and 'Kiss it Better', Rihanna also displayed her vulnerability on 'Yeah I Said It' and 'Close To Me' as she navigated the turbulent throws of love and lust.
Unlike its predecessors, ANTI was a step in the direction of a succinct fluid album structure. Rihanna managed to incorporate one of the biggest tracks of the year Work, whilst sharing her eclectic tastes with a cover of Tame Impala's New Person, Same Old Mistakes (Same Ol' Mistakes). Though it may have not been an album which was welcomed by doting fans, it opened Rihanna up to a whole new audience and showed another side of the pop songstresses' repertoire.
Words: Lois Browne