Snap Judgment: Rihanna's 'Disturbia' video lives up to its title

Raise your hand if you’ve come across the new Rihanna video on TV recently and been a little scared. (No, not that new Rihanna video… not that one, either… this new Rihanna video, for "Disturbia.") It’s okay, I was shaken too. You can check out the clip below — if you dare. Mad creepy, right? It looks like she accidentally wandered into Nine Inch Nails’ "Closer" video, or else some sort of freaky Victorian mental hospital. Not quite what I’d expected for a dance-pop song based around the lyrics "Dom-dom-dee-dom, dom-dom-dee-dom-dom." It’s cool to see Rihanna trying something new, though. And the song is so catchy it’d work with practically any visuals — even if this video seems like it was crafted to test the limits of that statement.

So, do you dig this video’s haunted-hallucination vibe? And while we’re at it, I’m hoping one of you can help explain why this song is called "Disturbia." Did I miss the time when that became a word in the English language? (Is disturbia a place? A state of mind? An unusual first name?) Or is this, like, an oblique tribute to that Shia LaBeouf movie? Help!


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  • Fletch

    She sucks. It wasn’t bad enough that she lifted all of “Tainted Love” for SOS, but then she used the name of the movie “Disturbia” as a song title. Seriously, does she have one single original thought in that big vacuous head of hers? Cripes…

  • Adrienn

    Fletch — she didn’t write the song, so you can’t say she used the name of the movie. I read a magazine article that it was originally a song for Chris Brown, but she liked it so much that she decided to do it.

  • Fletch

    She didn’t write the song. And that is not further evidence that she cannot come up with an idea HOW exactly?

  • jcarla

    Fletch, she’s a singer. How many singers write thier own songs? Most don’t.

  • confidential

    It doesn’t matter how much creative syrup you put on this poopy song, she can’t sing!

  • Fletch

    She doesn’t write her own songs – as most “singers” don’t. Therefore, she isn’t as talented as musicians that actually write and actually play instruments.
    Someone thought she looked good, and she has an okay voice – so they packaged her up, gave her someone else’s songs, (over)produced those songs, and shoved it down all of our throats.
    It’s just music that’s not very good, and it’s freaking everywhere. She sucks, bottom line.

  • confidential

    It doesn’t matter how much creative syrup you put on this poopy song, she can’t sing!

  • confidential

    To clarify a bit, I believe she did write this song with Chris Brown. Its a shame.. All the time they spend together and he can’t teach her to sing.

  • sara

    This video is crazy good. She’s a great performer and showoman. Shame on you dumpers.

  • Fletch

    She sucks and you suck. Now go make me a sandwich.

  • monica

    i like the song enough to not change it when it comes on the radio, but i wouldn’t buy it on iTunes or recommend it to any of my friends. As for the video…it’s just not very Rihanna. But she’s done plenty of videos that don’t seem to quite fit her personality, so that’s not unusual.

  • Fletch

    “But she’s done plenty of videos that don’t seem to quite fit her personality, so that’s not unusual.”
    Personality? What do you know about her personality? All we know is that she puts out crappy music to make alot money off of the lowest common denominator. I think her videos reflect that aspect of her personality quite well…

  • Ben

    Love the song, ADORE the video.

  • Anonymous

    Fletch — for someone who hates Rihanna so much, you sure are spending a lot of time commenting about her. If you don’t like the song, fine. Stop ragging on other people (and their opinions) like a little kid and go read something else.

  • sorry

    The video itself is cool, but does anyone honestly believe Rihanna and her vice would be as popular as she is if he weighed 200lbs? Didn’t think so.

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