'Diamonds' may mark a career shift for the Barbadian pop star. Rihanna, who often sings about rough patches in relationships, changes her tone here with an upbeat and positive song about love. When asked about the shift, Rihanna described the song to Elvis Duran as "happy, hippie, and hopeful." She added that the song is "about love and the gears are different than what people will expect." The pop ballad is soft, but inspiring and is one of Rihanna's most soulful tunes. Despite drums and synthesizers, Rihanna's voice carries the song, more-so than her 2011 smash hit 'We Found Love.' The song is definitely an indication that fans will see positive themes in the upcoming album and many strong vocal performances by Rihanna.
The untitled album is scheduled to be released next month. Her fifth tour, which will be named the 'Diamonds World Tour' is set to begin in March 2013. Listen to 'Diamonds' today on AOL Radio's Fresh 40 station.