September 26th, 2012
04:05 PM ET
Rihanna's reign just won't let up! The 24-year-old singer has released a new single called "Diamonds," a song she's described as "very hopeful and positive."
Lyrically, "Diamonds" focuses on love, as she sings to a special someone in the first verse, "you and I, you and I, we're like diamonds in the sky ... You're a shooting star I see, a vision of ecstasy, when you hold me, I'm alive, we're like diamonds in the sky." The song's currently available on iTunes, and you can listen to it here.
"'Diamonds' steadily pulses with slight orchestral touches and deliberate electronic rhythms, but the track's production mainly stays out of Rihanna's way, letting the pop star build hooks with layers of her voice," observes Rolling Stone.
Yet across the pond, the U.K.'s Telegraph wasn't as taken. "On first listen ... 'Diamonds' doesn't sound like a world beater. It's a chugging, faintly misty-eyed, middle-of-the-road pop song - neither a muscular dance workout like previous autumn chart-toppers 'We Found Love' and 'Only Girl (In the World),' nor a smooth R&B ballad like 'Take A Bow.'"
But perhaps that change in tune that the Telegraph is hearing is just a sign that RiRi is spreading her wings, as MTV notes a more mature singer on "Diamonds."
"To be fair," MTV's James Montgomery cautions, "the single's artwork does feature her rolling diamonds into a joint, but on the song itself, she displays a marked level of (dare I say it?) maturity, one evident in the restrained production and perhaps best exemplified by the first mantra she lays on us: 'I choose to be happy.' "
What do you think of "Diamonds"? Does Rihanna have another hit on her hands?
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