Rihanna's Talk That Talk: The Reviews Are In!

Critics call RiRi's sixth album 'often great' and 'relentlessly catchy.'

Rihanna's much-anticipated

href="http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1674711/rihanna-talk-that-talk-tracks.jhtml">Talk That Talk hit stores Monday on a wave of near-universal praise from critics. The album, which can already claim the #1 song in the country, "We Found Love" featuring Calvin Harris, is earning the Barbadian pop superstar the best reviews of her commercially massive career.

MTV News' James Montgomery already declared [article id="1674135"]Talk That Talk[/article] "not only the best effort of her career, but arguably the best pop album of 2011," an assessment echoed by the

target="_blank">New York Times, People, Rolling Stone and SPIN.

"The [article id="1674711"]best songs[/article] on this lively and often great album sound synth-perfect for that time [the early 1990s]. 'We Found Love' almost criminally recalls the swinging Crystal Waters singles, with triumphant percussion somewhere between church and seventh-inning stretch," the Times writes. " 'Where Have You Been' is even better, with hard, chilly synths, snares from the poppier side of house music, and Rihanna moving in and out of a curled Siouxsie Sioux tone."

In a three-and-a-half -star review (out of four), People calls Talk That Talk "one of 2011's best pop-diva statements," while

target="_blank">Spin awards the set an 8 out of 10, complimenting the "occasionally perfect pop" songs on the record and noting the set is easily Rihanna's most cohesive to date.

target="_blank">Rolling Stone also notes that Talk is far more than a collection of singles. "Rihanna's sixth album is her tightest, most assured yet — a relentlessly catchy and danceable pop album, with first-rate contributions from top songwriter-producers," the magazine writes.

Many critics also seem pleased that the pop star is moving away from the darker, brooding material that marked her last two records, Rated R and Loud. Those albums appeared to be heavily influenced by her troubled relationship with Chris Brown, and, as noted in

target="_blank">Entertainment Weekly's B-plus review, often "equated falling for someone with feeling tortured."

On Talk, RiRi instead approaches the topics of love and sex — the album's principal themes — with a less-heavy hand, even admitting on "Roc Me Out": "I'll let you in on a dirty secret/ I just want to be loved."

While the album is mostly earning raves, Pitchfork had a few complaints — mostly that the brief set (the 11-track album clocks in at a mere 38 minutes) never fully realizes its potential.

In its summation of the album,

href="http://www.billboard.com/news/rihanna-talk-that-talk-track-by-track-review-1005542002.story#/news/rihanna-talk-that-talk-track-by-track-review-1005542002.story" target="_blank">Billboard calls Talk "a fleshed-out statement that captures Rihanna's relentless drive and will likely keep her on top. This album's not a victory lap; it's a whole new race."

Whether the mostly stellar reviews will translate into strong sales for Rihanna, who set a [article id="1673696"]Billboard chart record[/article] by racking up 20 Top-10 singles faster than any solo artist, with "We Found Love," remains to be seen.

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