Rihanna roars back with new album, ‘Anti’

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Rihanna’s “Anti” is a compilation of hard-hitting emotional epics.

The album is the R&B artist’s eighth studio release, and it’s been long awaited. Rihanna went three years without releasing an album, but she did a good job of keeping her fans waiting anxiously with hits like, “B**** Better Have My Money” and “FourFiveSeconds.”

Rihanna’s fan base, which is often referred to as “Rihanna Navy,” got an early digital release of the album Jan. 28 through the music streaming service Tidal.

The album was released on iTunes and other online music stores Jan. 29.

Rihanna’s musical presence reveals itself like never before with tracks like “Desperado” and “James Joint,” which combine sinister beats with the robust lyricism fans have come to expect from the artist.

However, “Anti” is a bit darker than Rihanna’s usual upbeat club-hits.

Rihanna gives fans a glimpse into her struggle with fame with lyrics like, “I’ve got to do things on my own, darling/Will you ever let me?” on the opening track “Consideration” (feat. SZA). She also took a stroll outside of her own musical sphere with a cover of Tame Impala’s, “Same ‘Ol Mistakes.”

Each track on the album, along with the artwork, presents itself as a tiny fragment of Rihanna’s artistic mind.

The project is fleshed out, raw and purposeful, revealing to fans that it was well worth the wait.

Rihanna burst onto the pop music scene in 2007 with her third studio album, “Good Girl Gone Bad,” which featured the hit song “Umbrella.”

She has won eight Grammy awards, her latest coming in 2015 in the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category for her hit single, “The Monster,” featuring Eminem.