Album: Rihanna, Talk That Talk (Mercury)

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As off-the-peg as Primark, the Rihan-droid returns with more dancefloor fodder which has all the right bleeps in all the right places, but nothing to make you go "wow".

"Farewell", a shameless rewrite of Adele's "Someone Like You", will be impossible to avoid, but do try your best. "Suck my cockiness, lick my persuasion" is a sly, saucy pun. It's a shame that it, like every Rihanna vocal, is delivered in a voice which sounds as bored as a sex-line worker filing her nails.