To add fire to the flame that fuels bloggers and the pop world all over, Rihanna’s video for “Russian Roulette” has also dropped today. Rihanna has taken to a more abstract route in her Anthony Mandler directed video, focusing on the darker tones and vibe that buoy her first single from the Rated R album.
Where as Chris Brown takes an artistic yet simplistic point of view, Rihanna is hell bent on proving that she is an “artist” and this is her album of freedom, self-exploration and of staking her place. Well, that’s all good and I wish you well, but I’m going to stop you right there.
Rihanna uses her sexiness but tries to downplay it at the same time. The nude colored clothing, yet she is clearly using her assets to draw us in. But then takes the tack of wanting to get away from a beauty piece. She presents this gauzy, highly visual yet abstract video for a song that is talking about guns, fear and toying with death (all this metaphorically of course), and expects people to pry out of it what she is trying to make us understand.
My interpretation? She was playing Russian roulette with her life by being with an abusive man, and she (as of right now) is still standing. All of this is just superfluous to get us to look at her and listen to this boring song.
I’m gonna go ahead and call it 2-0, Chris. Not that I’m particularly happy about that, but musically, his records and the visuals he’s presented so far have been much more accessible, engaging and interesting. You can only look at Rihanna for so long before you have to listen. MUSICALLY, he’s winning. Strictly music LOL. Pop = appealing to the masses, and these are clearly pop artists. Chris is making a bit plainer than Rihanna. Again, keep it simple stupid!