Rihanna returns with Star Trek Beyond theme Sledgehammer

The self-professed Star Trek fan falls brief in her single for the 3rd entry in the revamped movie franchise, with a generic-sounding ballad co-written by Sia

Rihanna continues her reign as the most respected pop star working today with Sledgehammer, her most current summertime single included on the soundtrack for Star Trek Beyond.

The vocalist took an uncharacteristically long period of time to launch Anti, her 8th studio album. Because its unveiling in January, Rihanna has actually been all over: on top of embarking on a world trip, she worked together on various brand-new tracks with Drake and reunited with Calvin Harris for their 2nd tune together, This Is What You Came For.

Sledgehammer (not to be puzzled with the 2015 Fifth Harmony single of the exact same name, or undoubtedly the Peter Gabriel single of 1986) flies in plain contrast to the adventurous tone set by Anti, her least radio-friendly and most speculative album to this day. The tune, co-written by Sia, is a mostly unimaginative empowerment anthem just raised by Rihannas powerful shipment.

I struck a wall I never ever felt so low, Rihanna sings in the very first verse, prior to turning up on the other end (I will rise from the ashes now). The lyrics are mainly rote, and sonically it does not break brand-new ground.

Heard by itself, Sledgehammer sounds dull, recollecting Pinks likewise generic contribution Alice Through the Looking Glass, another summertime smash hit. To puts it simply: its a long method from Diamonds, Sias 2012 ballad, sung by Rihanna.

The tune works much better as included in the current trailer for Stark Trek Beyond. The robust modifying of disorderly stellar action goes a long method to increase the psychological effect of the track.

  • Star Trek Beyond opens 22 July.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/jun/27/rihanna-sledgehammer-star-trek-beyond-theme

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