With “We Found Love,” Rihanna embodies the '90s U.K. drug scene with as much gritty authenticity as she can muster. The video, directed by Melina Matsoukas, is a raw counterpoint for a track that producer Calvin Harris has imbued with a soaring house beat. With 1990s nostalgia at an all-time high, the genre is a perfect vehicle to let Rihanna, a true musical chameleon, do her thing. The Trainspotting -like world that Rihanna inhabits is packed with enough debauchery to make Irvine Welsh proud. There is partying, raves, drugs, overdoses, sex, squalor, and a tattoo that will seem like really bad idea in a few days. At its core though, this is a surprisingly affecting love story, with a male lead who looks suspiciously like Chris Brown (at one point they shotgun cigarette smoke back and forth — gross). It’s the video that Rihanna famously got in a kerfuffle with a Northern Irish farmer over a topless scene. If "We Found Love" is something of a pastiche, it's an exhilarating one, and Rihanna pulls off what few other pop stars can: She pulls no punches.
Rihanna—Talk That Talk
"We Found Love Feat. Calvin Harris"
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