Rihanna (3 stars)

Rihanna

SECC, Glasgow, Wed 19 May

She performed the opening ‘Russian Roulette’ on a platform raised above the stage, wearing a stylised flowing black dress decorated with LED ‘veins’ spreading from her heart. Before long she’d belted out ‘Hard’ while straddling the barrel of a pink tank jutting from the side of the stage, performed ‘Shut Up and Drive’ atop a burned-out jeep in the centre of the hall (the breakdancing crash test dummy was a nice touch) and been menaced by a horde of stilt-walking cyborgs during ‘Disturbia’. There’s no doubt that Rihanna has fallen for the arena spectacular.

This event was a visual treat, albeit often a very corny one, with the pay-off being a lack of real soul. It’s not unfair to say that, following her public split with Chris Brown, an underlying survivor narrative was strong here (‘Unfaithful’ featured wire-frame machine guns pointed at the singer: ‘Fire Bomb’ was backed by images of nukes going off), but only the joyful UV club abandon of ‘Don’t Stop the Music’ and an almost mournful ‘Take a Bow’ (‘you put on quite a show... but now it’s time to go’) felt rich in honest, natural humanity.

Rihanna, Pixie Lott and Tinie Tempah

Big, brash electro urban hits from the US star.

Rihanna

Sassy pop and R&B packed with attitude from the multi-award-winning Barbadian singer actress, who has topped the UK charts again and again with hits including 'Umbrella', 'Only Girl (In The World)', 'We Found Love' and 'Diamonds.'

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