Rihanna proves to be one of the busiest pop stars around, if not the most consistent in releasing consecutive studio-albums. ‘Diamonds’ is from Rihanna’s seventh studio album entitled: “Unapologetic”. The lead single was produced by StarGate and Benny Blancco. It was written by Sia who has collaborated with Rihanna numerous times in the past.
Unlike Rihanna’s past singles from her previous studio albums, ‘Diamonds’ is a mid-tempo ballad filled with introspective lyrics. The production this time is scaled back enough allowing Rihanna to show off some of her vocal muscle. Even her native accent shows up a bit. This time there is no dance thump here, no wall of sound that diverts the attention of the listeners from what Rihanna is actually singing about, and neither is there any R&B feel to ‘Diamonds’. This is more of a straight-up love song that should keep some of her fans guessing what made her shift to this more melodic and laid-back approach. Could it be because of Chris Brown?