Music of the Sun This summer, the Barbadian belle's "Pon De Replay" rode a beat reminiscent of Lou Bega's "Mambo No. 5" to the top of the charts. Thanks… Music of the Sun This summer, the Barbadian belle's "Pon De Replay" rode a beat reminiscent of Lou Bega's "Mambo No. 5" to the top of the charts. Thanks… 2005-08-30 Rihanna R&B
Music Review

Music of the Sun (2005)

EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Aug 30, 2005; Lead Performance: Rihanna; Genre: R&B

This summer, the Barbadian belle's ''Pon De Replay'' rode a beat reminiscent of Lou Bega's ''Mambo No. 5'' to the top of the charts. Thanks to support from Jay-Z and Def Jam, Rihanna's fame will likely last longer than Bega's, but it shouldn't. The 17-year-old's vibrant vocals lift tracks like ''That La La La'' and ''Let Me,'' but this bland dancehall/R&B debut is filled with chintzy production and maudlin arrangements that block out the Music of the Sun.

Originally posted Aug 26, 2005 Published in issue #837 Sep 02, 2005 Order article reprints
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