Written on May 1, 2013 – 8:53 am | by Cameron Hussey
Love, Robyn Rihanna Fenty told the capacity crowd gathered to see her at the Prudential Center in Newark on Sunday, was something she didnt understand. Nor did she expect her audience to understand it. We could, however, sympathize with her quest and applaud her as she went after it with toughness, dark humor and the vulnerability that has always been a major part of her popular appeal.
And so she did: She tried to resuscitate it on “Cold Case Love,” rue it on “Love the Way You Lie,” deny it on “Hate That I Love You,” celebrate it as a light in a hopeless place on “We Found Love” and sink into it like a plush chair on the drawling “Loveeeeeee Song.” Love was her preoccupation, her quest and her curse, and when she put up that protective umbrella (ella, ella), we were all invited to stand beneath its shelter.
Rihanna is a quintessential modern pop artist and, like her peers on hit radio, shes not expected to deliver serious sentiments in her songs.