Rihanna is best known for dance hits like “Umbrella” and “Only Girl (In the World),” but her latest track might fit in better at a bonfire sing-along than at the club. An acoustic duet with Kanye West—and featuring Paul McCartney—“FourFiveSeconds” is built on an unplugged guitar, an organ, and semisweet lines like “If I go to jail tonight, promise you’ll pay my bail.”
This marks West and McCartney’s second collaboration since releasing “Only One,” a confessional ballad sung from the perspective of West’s late mother. While “FourFiveSeconds” isn’t nearly the tearjerker “Only One” is, it does have the same raw feel elevated by Rihanna and West’s musical back-and-forth and McCartney’s gentle strumming.
“FourFiveSeconds” is now available on iTunes.