Pon de Replay
Label: Def Jam Recordings
That Rihanna is one talented cookie. After the fun (though not terribly deep) club-banger "Pon De Replay," it's great to hear her stretch her wings on the wonderful "Here I Go Again," reminding us how much American soul and Jamaican reggae have in common. She gives in to the irresistible draw of slow jams later on.