We All Want Love

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"We All Want Love"
Song by Rihanna from the album Talk That Talk
Recorded2011
Genre
Length3:57
Label
Writer
  • Ester Dean
  • Ernest Wilson
  • Steve Wyreman
  • Kevin Randolph
Producer
 
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"We All Want Love"
Song by Rihanna from the album Talk That Talk
Recorded2011
Genre
Length3:57
Label
Writer
  • Ester Dean
  • Ernest Wilson
  • Steve Wyreman
  • Kevin Randolph
Producer

"We All Want Love" is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, from her sixth studio album Talk That Talk (2011). The song was written by Ester Dean, Ernest Wilson, Steve Wyreman and Kevin Randolph, with production helmed by Wilson under his production name No I.D.. Instrumentation consists of a guitar and drums. It garnered mainly positive reviews from music critics, many of whom praised the theme of love and Rihanna's emotional execution. Upon the release of Talk That Talk, "We All Want Love" debuted at number 66 on the South Korea Gaon International Chart and at number 188 on the UK Singles Chart.

Composition and lyrics[edit]

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A 24-second sample of the song's chorus, which features the lyrics "We all wanna be somebody's one and only". Jason Lipshutz of Billboard praised Rihanna's conviction in her vocals during the lyrics, writing "Rihanna singers over a guitar riff and emotes "serious achingess" in her vocals.[1]

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"We All Want Love" was written by Ester Dean, Ernest Wilson, Steve Wyreman and Kevin Randolph, with production helmed by Wilson under his production name No I.D..[2] The songs lyrics revolve around Rihanna wanting to settle down and start a relationship with someone she loves.[3] Instrumentation consists of a guitar and "booming drums."[4] Rihanna sings the lyric "We all wanna be somebody's one and only" over a guitar riff and emotes "serious achingess" in her vocals.[1] Melissa Maerz of Entertainment Weekly wrote that the song begins with a Red Hot Chili Peppers inspired guitar riff.[3] While reviewing Talk That Talk, a writer of The Guardian compared the song with Beyoncé Knowles' "Halo" (2008) writing that the ballads had similar "massive, echoey drums that build to epic proportions".[5]

Critical reception[edit]

"We All Want Love" garnered mainly positive reviews from music critics. T'Cha Dunlevy for The Montreal Gazette praised the song, writing that "We All Want Love" serves as a form of redemption after listening to the previous track "Birthday Cake".[6] Dunlevy continued to write that it is a song were fans would sway their arms in the air as Rihanna sang.[6] Kyle Jamon for Parlé Magazine wrote that "We All Want Love" displays "hippy-esque qualities" and that listeners envisage Rihanna dancing in fields.[7] Claire Suddath for Entertainment-Time noted that the majority of the songs on Talk That Talk either include the word "love" in the title, or contain lyrics related to it, writing "Most of Talk’s 11 tracks deal with love (or some lusty form of it, anyway). There's 'We Found Love,' as well as 'We All Want Love,' 'Drunk on Love' and the slightly less direct, 'You Da One' and 'Roc Me Out.' Suddath continued to write the song "offers a glimpse of true romantic optimism."[8]

Jason Lipshutz for Billboard also commented on the albums concept of love in the song titles.[1] Randell Roberts of the Los Angeles Times similarly wrote about the aspect of love, but more specifically wrote that "We Found Love" contains lyrics related to bad love while "We All Want Love" is about universal love.[9] Melissa Maerz of Entertainment Weekly praised the song, and called it the highlight of Talk That Talk.[3] At the end of her review, she wrote that "We All Want Love" is the "romance anthem" of the album.[3] Pip Ellwood of Entertainment-Focus noted that the song provides "a rare stripped-down moment" which Rihanna does not usually show.[10] Adrian Thrills of the Daily Mail praised Rihanna's conviction of "We All Want Love", writing that she displays her "tender side".[4]

After comparing the song to the works of Beyoncé Knowles, Mike Diver for the BBC wrote that the song "sits awkwardly" against previous, more illicit songs on Talk That Talk.[11] Andy Kellman for Allmusic was critical of the ballads "We All Want Love" and "Farewell", labeling the former as "drippy" and the latter "bombastic."[12] Nathan Slavik for DJ Booth criticized the song, writing that it is "flatly generic".[13] Tuyet Nguyen of The A.V. Club wrote that the succession of multiple songs with the word "love" in the title becomes nothing more than "shallow generalities" that do not display any emotion.[14]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Recording locations
Personnel
  • Songwriting – Ester Dean, Ernest Wilson, Steve Wyreman, Kevin Randolph
  • Production – No I.D.
  • Vocal production – Kuk Harrell
  • Vocal recording – Kuk Harrel, Marcos Tovar
  • Assistant vocal recording – Jennifer Rosales
  • Music recording – Rob Kinelski
  • Assistant music recording – Omar Loya
  • Recording – Aubrey "Big Juice" Delaine
  • Mixing – Manny Marroquin
  • Assistant mixing – Erik Madrid, Chris Galland
  • Bass and guitar – Steve Wyreman
  • Keys – Kevin Randolph

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Talk That Talk, Def Jam Recordings, SRP Records.[2]

Charts[edit]

Upon the release of Talk That Talk, "We All Want Love" debuted and peaked on the South Korea Gaon International Chart at number 55 on November 26, 2011, with sales of 6,689 digital downloads.[15] It also debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number 188 in the chart issue December 3, 2011.[16] "We All Want Love" was the lowest charting song from the album on the UK Singles Chart.[16]

Chart (2011)Peak
position
South Korea (Gaon Chart)[15]66
UK Singles Chart (OCC)[16]188

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lipshutz, Jason (2011-11-17). "Rihanna, 'Talk That Talk': Track-By-Track Review". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  2. ^ a b (liner notes). "Talk That Talk". Rihanna.
  3. ^ a b c d Maerz, Melissa (2011-11-17). "Talk That Talk review  – Rihanna Review". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  4. ^ a b Thrills, Adrian (2011-11-18). "It seems even pop's most provocative princess is a romantic at heart ... Rihanna reveals she just wants love". Daily Mail (Associated Newspapers). Retrieved 2011-12-30. 
  5. ^ Cragg, Michael (2011-11-11). "First listen: Rihanna – Talk That Talk". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  6. ^ a b Dunlevy, T'Cha (2011-11-21). "Review: Rihanna's Talk That Talk". The Montreal Gazette (Alan Allnutt). Retrieved 2011-12-30. 
  7. ^ Jarmon, Kyle. "'Talk That Talk' – Rihanna album review". Parlé (Parlé Magazine). Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  8. ^ Suddath, Claire (2011-11-21). "Music Monday: Rihanna's Talk That Talk". Time Entertainment. Retrieved 2011-12-30. 
  9. ^ Roberts, Randall (2011-11-20). "Album review: Rihanna's 'Talk That Talk'". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved 2011-11-25. 
  10. ^ Ellwood, Pip (2011-11-24). "Rihanna – Talk That Talk". Entertainment-Focus. Retrieved 2011-12-30. 
  11. ^ Diver, Mike (2011-11-11). "Rihanna Talk That Talk Review". BBC Music. BBC. Retrieved 2011-12-30. 
  12. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Talk That Talk  – Rihanna". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-11-23. 
  13. ^ "Rihanna – Talk That Talk". DJ Booth. Retrieved 2011-12-30. 
  14. ^ Nguyen, Tuyet (2011-11-22). "Rihanna – Talk That Talk". The A.V. Club (The Onion, Inc.). Retrieved 2011-12-30. 
  15. ^ a b "South Korea Gaon International Chart (Week: November 20, 2011 to November 26, 2011)". Gaon Chart. Retrieved March 30, 2012. 
  16. ^ a b c "UK Singles Chart: CLUK Update (3.12.2011 – week 48)". Zobbel.de. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 

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