So I heard this song in the Star Trek Beyond Trailer and instantly fell in love with it, its epic and cinematic in scope and fit perfectly with the theme of the trailer.
Interestingly this music video has made history as it is the first to be debuted in IMAX theatres which is no surprise because it is a stunning video. We see Rihanna’s alien in a desert planet practising telekinetic magic before she undergo’s a 2001: A Space Odyssey like transformation into a cosmic entity akin to a goddess. Basically it’s just a beautiful trippy video and is definitely one of the best music videos she’s ever made.
The lyrics for this song were penned by powerhouse performer and writer Sia and while it’s surprising that the established artist didn’t use the song for herself (she would have slayed it too no doubt) I’m glad that Rihanna sung it because it’s been a while since I’ve liked her music. The lyrics are strong and tell of someone fighting a battle with themselves, perhaps someone with mental health issues due to the manipulation of another. In a nutshell it’s about conquering your demons to be able to find your inner strength to go on. A metaphorical Sledgehammer smashing through a metaphorical brick wall.
I don’t know about you but I need this song in my life!