Song of the Day #2,926: ‘Love On the Brain’ – Rihanna

rihanna_antiBack from a splendid vacation on the islands of Hawaii, I’ll resume blogging with a week dedicated to five new albums I’ve bought this year.

I’ve purchased a total of eight albums in 2016, but I already covered David Bowie’s Blackstar and Lucinda Williams’ The Ghosts of Highway 20, which I featured track-by-track over three weeks, much to the dismay of some readers.

First up is Rihanna’s Anti, the singer’s eighth studio album, and probably her best. It’s certainly her most adventurous work, spanning genres previously untapped by the R&B star.

After putting out pretty much an album a year since her career started, Rihanna waited four years after 2012’s Unapologetic to release Anti. The extra time paid off. She has never sounded as good or gone so many different places musically. From soul ballads to alt-pop, dub, electronica and R&B.

Today’s track, ‘Love On the Brain,’ was the first song picked for the album and a good indication that she was going in a new direction. It’s an homage to the pop songs of the 50s, straight-up do-wop, with a great Rihanna vocal.

[Verse 1]
And you got me like, “Oh, what you want from me?”
(What you want from me?)
And I tried to buy your pretty heart, but the price too high
Baby you got me like “Oh”
You love when I fall apart (fall apart)
So you can put me together and throw me against the wall[Pre-Chorus]
Baby you got me like i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-hiii, woo i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-hiii
Don’t you stop loving me (loving me)
Don’t quit loving me (loving me)
Just start loving me (loving me)
Owwwwww

[Chorus]
And babe I’m fist-fighting with fire
Just to get close to you
Can we burn something babe
And I run for miles just to get a taste
Must be love on the brain
That’s got me feeling this way
It beats me black and blue but it fucks me so good
And I can’t get enough
Must be love on the brain yeah
And it keeps cursing my name
No matter what I do
I’m no good without you
And I can’t get enough
Must be love on the….. brain

[Verse 2]
Baby keep loving me
Just love me
Yeah, just love me
All you need to do is love me, yeah
Got me like, ah-ha-ha-owww
I’m tired of being played like a violin
What do I gotta do to get in your motherfuckin’ heart?
Baby like i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-hiii, woo i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-hiii

[Pre-Chorus]
Baby you got me like i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-hiii, woo i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-hiii
Don’t you stop loving me (loving me)
Don’t quit loving me (loving me)
Just start loving me (loving me)
Ooooooohhh

[Chorus]
And babe I’m fist-fighting with fire
Just to get close to you
Can we burn something babe
And I run for miles just to get a taste
Must be love on the brain
That’s got me feeling this way
It beats me black and blue but it fucks me so good
And I can’t get enough
Must be love on the brain yeah
And it keeps cursing my name
No matter what I do
I’m no good without you
And I can’t get enough
Must be love on the…. brain

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,926: ‘Love On the Brain’ – Rihanna

  1. Dana says:

    She certainly has shown off a diversity of sound and styles that is impressive.

  2. Peg says:

    I like this song; I didn’t realize she had a good voice since I never listen to her.

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