Rihanna has made a name for herself with wild dance-filled performances and crazy costumes. But for her latest video the Barbadian beauty bares all and unearths her true self.
“Stay,” off her seventh album Unapologetic, features singer/producer Mikky Ekko. It is a piano led, heartfelt ballad unlike anything RiRi has released before.
Directed by Sophie Muller, the video begins with Rihanna undressing and climbing into a bathtub. Stripped down and up close, the camera shows the singer slumped over with little to no makeup as she stares into the unknown with a look that is both contemplative and vulnerable.
She belts out the words, “Funny you’re the broken one/but I’m the only one who needed saving,” revealing an interesting comparison to her own love life — perhaps the impetus to the song.
Rihanna’s character fights back the tears as Ekko delivers a soulful verse full of raw emotions. The feelings eventually come to the surface towards the end of the video as Rihanna’s attempt to keep it all inside fails, marked by a single tear running down her cheek.
Andrew Celani, Mix104.1/Boston