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Riff: Rihanna – “What Now”

Nov 19, 2012

Whatever it is, it feels like it’s laughing at me through the glass of a two-sided mirror

from What Now lyrics by Rihanna

A bewildering concoction of poodle-rock balladry and bombastic brostep, “What Now” is anything but subtle. However, in amongst the overblown hair metal solos and Glee-vocals, we get the first sign that Rihanna is wrestling with her conscience over the volatile relationship that defines the album.

Riff by Jon O'Brien

Jon O'Brien is a UK-based staff writer for SONGLYRICS. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Central Lancashire and has written thousands of biographies and reviews for Allmusic.com, among several other pieces for established music publications.

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