Writer: Mikky Ekko Justin Parker
Producer: Mikky Ekko · Kuk Harrell, Elof Loelv, Justin Parker
Another exceptional track from the songstress, Rihanna. A very tender and gentle ballad. It’s always very healthy to take risks and do something different for a change. Rihanna’s had A LOT of hits, but this is her first true ballad. It really showcases her compelling vocal talent.
Beat – Piano ballads always do an effective job of expressing themes of love. This is a pretty straightforward intro verse chorus verse chorus bridge chorus structure. Sometimes less is more. Always pay attention to the contrast of the verse and the chorus. When she sings the melody for the word “stay” Rihanna really delivers that line like she means it. The white noise effect is used really well towards the last few seconds of the song.
Lyrics – The song starts out by comparing love to a fever. That’s keeping it real. The lyrics do a great job of conveying how Rihanna can’t get over her love. Also, pay attention to how conversational the lyrics of the hook are. She can’t explain what it is about her lover, and she can’t control it. I like how both Rihanna and Mikky’s verses end the same way.
SongWriting Exercise: With nothing but a piano, take some lyrics about a lost love and write about it.