Snap Judgment: Rihanna's 'Shut Up and Drive'

GWM ISO SOS: That’s right! I’m still looking for my official SOS (Song Of Summer) 2007. Me: Expired driver’s license, but still love to walk super-fast down the sidewalk with my iPod and pretend the windows are rolled down. Have had more than my share of straightforward rock anthems and otherworldly Timbaland numbers. It’s summer, yo! I need a jaunty melody! I want to sing along with you (after a mojito or two), and also DANCE. You: Velcro chorus and driving beat an absolute must. Flawless vocals completely negotiable. In fact, willing to put up with something a little nasal if accompanied by guitar riffs that hearken back to "Blue Monday." Are YOU ready to be my SOS? Then hit me back. Though all bets are off if Fantasia releases "Baby Makin’ Hips."

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  • Simon

    Cute song. My SOS is Makes Me Wonder (Maroon 5) and Summer Love (Justin Timberlake).

  • J-Mac

    Slezak, is that episode of Idolatry meant in zest? Or does it mean you won’t be doing Idolatry or – gasp – AI coverage at all – next season? :cries softly: I hope it isn’t so . . .

  • Anonymous

    Michael, what is up with EW and Fantasia? First they diss Summertime and now they are the ONLY publication to not rave about her performance in the Color Purple. She literally has the NY theatre critics in the palm of her hand. Someone at EW must really have it in for her.

  • Truth

    Anon: The only reason they are not raving about her in the Color Purple is that they are still in shock that she was able to read the lines.

  • Ted

    Eh, it’s better than the putrid “Umbrella” but nowhere near “SOS”. And “Baby Makin’ Hips” would easily be the song of the summer if it was released. Why ya sittin on it Fantasia! (I dont know how well “not the way that i do” would do, but its probably the fiercest track off Fantasias album).

  • EJ

    I think that THE ultimate summer song will be “Whine Up” by Kat DeLuna. You have to check that one out!

  • jason

    rihanna better slow down. too many albums too soon, but i liked “umbrella” and “shut up and drive” is pretty cool. and fantasia just released “when i see you”, so don’t expect “baby” to make it out this summer.

  • Fatima

    I have heard “Good Girl Gone Bad.” I never thought I would say it, but Rihanna has a hot album. Seriously.
    Umbrella is my SOS. Nothing will top it. I am blown away by the leaps and bounds she has taken and how unusual the song is. Plus, I have EW’s “A” review to defend me should any naysayers come along. Putrid my a$$!

  • beb

    I completely agree with Jason…RiRi is moving WAY too fast. Umbrella is my SOS too (yay Fatima!). The song’s far from dead…it should be making a huge jump on Billboard’s Hot 100 next week. So, why rush the second single? Reminds me of someone else associated with Jay-Z, but I digress. The song’s cute, and the husband actually pulled over when he heard the sirens!

  • cookiemac

    my new summer-driving with the windows rolled down-baking on the beach song is work it by nelly, justin timberlake, but it’s the acdc remix, awesome beats!

  • JJ

    Slezak come on! It’s called “Blue Monday”, not “How Does it Feel”. And the song is really fun and quite summery. “Baby Makin’ Hips” doesn’t have a hook or a tune, despite it having a horn-section. Try “Red Dress” by the Sugababes to get a much better 3:30 of your life. That is all.

  • 3 cents

    OK, MS…but I will raise you one with Bore Me. Come on, the lyrcs are classic for the sumertime hip sway…”this aint no movie or no tyler perry play.”’

  • 3 cents

    OK, MS…but I will raise you one with Bore Me. Come on, the lyrcs are classic for the sumertime hip sway…”this aint no movie or no tyler perry play.”’

  • Joe C

    The song of the summer is out, Michael! It’s called ‘Girlfriend’ by Avril Lavigne! C’mon, I’m not a kid by any means, but this song rocks!

  • Scotty

    I’m not sure either why this song is being rushed as a second single. “Umbrella”, in my opinion, is fabulous and one of my favorite of the year so far. But, more than that, there are at least three other songs on her new album (Don’t Stop The Music, Push Up On Me, & Breakin Dishes) that would make hot summer singles, esp Don’t Stop the Music. I guess third time is the charm for miss Rihanna to finally release an amazing first single coupled with an equally great album.

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