Rihanna, “Diamonds” — it’s trending, but is it good?

A regular feature in which we assess the quality of a pop song trending online.


Rihanna returns with “Diamonds.” (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

The song: “Diamonds,” a ballad she co-wrote with Australian singer Sia and producers Stargate and Benny Blanco. It’s believed to be the first single from Rihanna’s forthcoming seventh album.

It’s trending: Oodles of sites began streaming “Diamonds” on Wednesday. The song already has over 50,000 plays on Rihanna’s Soundcloud page.

But is it good? Nah. It’s a power ballad without much power. “We’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky,” Rihanna sings on the refrain, perhaps trying to get back to the our-love-will-triumph ethos of her career-exploding 2007 single, “Umbrella.” It’s a snooze, but to her credit, she’s not courting controversy with this song. “Diamonds” doesn’t feature a Chris Brown cameo. Yet.

Chris Richards has been the Post's pop music critic since 2009. He's recently written about summer songs, festival fatigue, metal drumming and D.C. rap star Shy Glizzy.
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