Rihanna

With a voice like a buzzing neon light, Rihanna shows that a hard woman is good to find on pop radio, where dance-floor instruments become morning coffee of the subconscious. Yet good as she sounds on last year's Loud, there's a sense of drift since 2009's cathartic Rated R, a dead end in continually upping the ante on other people's escapism. (Covering Prince's "Darling Nikki" in concert only points out the problem.) Her hit list is peerless, however, and her opener, Cee Lo Green, is a smile broad and brash enough to span Goodie Mob and NBC's The Voice. (Photo by dephisticate)
Thu., June 16, 7:30 p.m., 2011

 
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