Released: 30th August 2005.
Headlined by the reggae-influenced dancehall anthem "Pon de Replay", which put Rihanna on the map back in 2005, 'Music of the Sun', filled with R&B-anthems about boys, music and love, leaves you wanting to plan a trip to Rihanna's native Barbados.
The album shows a great variety of sounds and styles. The reggae track "If It's Lovin' That You Want", which also served as the second single, is a positive summer song, perfect for a day at the beach.
Album standouts include the title track "Music of the Sun", sexy dancehall jam "Let Me", and the stunning "There's a Thug in My Life". Apart from these standouts, the album also includes a few unnecessary fillers.
Overall 'Music of The Sun' shows a great diversity of lyrics, rhythms and melodies, but also reveals Rihanna's limited vocal abilities in the early stage of her career. It's a decent enough debut, but it's also very bland.