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Fool in Love

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"Fool in Love"
Song by Rihanna
from the album Talk That Talk
Recorded2011; Eightysevenfourteen Studios (Los Angeles, California); Eyeknowasecret Studio (Brentwood, California)
GenreRock; R&B

"Fool in Love" is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, from the deluxe edition of her sixth studio album Talk That Talk (2011). The song was written by Ester Dean, Lukasz Gottwald, Henry Walter. Production was helmed by Lukasz Gottwald, Cirkut and Dean. Musically, "Fool in Love" is a rhapsodic ballad, and instrumentation consists of acoustic and electric guitars, synthesizers and drums. The lyrics revolve around Rihanna being the protagonist, and how she has met a relatively good man who her parents do not approve of, but requests that they accept her decision to be with him due to their love for each other, despite familial concerns.

It received comparisons to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and Britney Spears' "Criminal". The song's composition, production and vocal performance was acclaimed by music critics, however, some criticized its lyrics. Upon the release of Talk That Talk, "Fool in Love" debuted on the South Korea Gaon International Chart at number 70, with digital sales of 6,536 downloads. It also charted on the UK R&B Chart at number 35 and on the UK Singles Chart at number 123.

Composition and lyrics[edit]

"Fool in Love"'s composition was compared to Britney Spears' song "Criminal".[1]

"Fool in Love" was written and produced by Ester Dean, Dr. Luke, and Cirkut.[2] As noted by Katherine Saint Asaph of Popdust and Amy Sciarretto of Popcrush, the opening lyrics of "Fool in Love" feature close similarities to that of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" (A Night at the Opera, 1975), with regard to the opening lyric "Mama, I found a man."[1] Amy Sciaretto from PopCrush, as well as Katherine Saint Asaph, compared the song's composition to Britney Spears' "Criminal" (Femme Fatale, 2011), with regard to how "Fool in Love"'s instrumental begins with "panning synths" and acoustic guitar, with Sciaretto agreeing that "only Ri[hanna] could make that juxtaposition work."[1][3] "Fool in Love" also features a single and double guitar sequence toward the end of the song, which begins with one electric guitar being played and begins to incorporate a second, creating a "twinned" effect, before the song descends into a prolonged fade at the end.[1]

Musically, "Fool in Love" is a rhapsodic ballad,[3][4] which incorporates acoustic and electric guitars, synthesizers and drums.[1][5] Lyrically, Rihanna tells of how she has met a relatively good man who her parents do not approve of, but requests that they accept her decision to be with him due to their love for each other, despite familial concerns.[6] Rihanna insists that she is in love, singing "Papa he's quite a man, he adores me/ He's my biggest fan."[7] She then claims that he has taken a hold over her, singing "We're too far down the hole/ He's got a hold on my soul."[7] Rihanna's vocal performance in the song was described as the singer's "biggest ornamented" song by Robert Everett-Green of The Globe and Mail, as well as noting that the singer emotes a sense of fatality in her vocals during the bass sequences in the song.[8] "Fool in Love" displays Rihanna emoting a vulnerable style of singing, due to the lyrical content and mood in the song, which can be heard in the lyrics "Papa, are you ashamed of how your little girl turned out?" due to how the singer feels as though her parents are disappointed in her choice of man.[5] Robert Copsey for Digital Spy commented that Rihanna appeared to be channelling Madonna on the song.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Critical reception towards the song was mostly positive. Robert Copsey from Digital Spy commended the balladry on Talk That Talk, paying particular attention to "Fool in Love" and "Farewell", writing "anyone questioning her motives need only hear ballads 'Farewell' and 'Fool in Love' to find out not only does she have a heart, but she's without doubt been putting all of it into these past six years."[9] Robert Everett-Green for The Globe and Mail praised the song, writing "Fool in Love rings down the curtain with a towering anthem that somehow squeezes fresh feeling from a tired lyrical concept."[8] Katherine St Asaph for Popdust emoted a mixed response to "Fool in Love", giving the song three and a half stars out of five and writing that it is "so-bad-it's-good".[1] St Aspash praised "Fool in Love"'s composition and musical influences, but criticized the song as not providing "dynamic variety" amongst Talk That Talk's material.[1]

Cover versions[edit]

In October 2012, British R&B-singer Iyaz released a cover version of "Fool in Love".[10]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Talk That Talk.[2]



Upon the release of Talk That Talk, "Fool in Love" debuted on the South Korea Gaon International Chart at number 70 on November 26, 2011, with sales of 6,536 digital downloads.[11] In the United Kingdom, the song debuted at number 35 on the UK R&B Chart on November 27, 2011.[12] It also debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number 123 in the chart issue December 3, 2011.[13]

Chart (2011) Peak
South Korea (Gaon)[11] 70
UK R&B Chart (OCC)[12] 35
UK Singles Chart (OCC)[13] 123


  1. ^ a b c d e f g St Asaph, Katherine (2011-11-17). "Rihanna's 'Talk That Talk' (The Bonus Tracks) Reviewed: Fool In Love". Popdust. Retrieved 2011-11-30.
  2. ^ a b Talk That Talk (liner notes). Rihanna. Def Jam Recordings, SRP Records. 2011.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ a b Sciarretto, Amy. "Rihanna – 'Talk That Talk' – Album Review". Popcrush. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  4. ^ Dorken, Joanne (2011-11-11). "Rihanna – 'Talk That Talk' First Listen!". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  5. ^ a b "First listen: Rihanna – Talk That Talk". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. 2011-11-11. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  6. ^ Dunlevy, T'cha (2011-11-22). "Rihanna lightens up, stays raunchy". The Gazette. Postmedia Network. Retrieved 2011-11-30.
  7. ^ a b c Copsey, Robert (2011-11-21). "Rihanna's new album 'Talk That Talk': First listen". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 2011-11-10.
  8. ^ a b Everett-Green, Robert (2011-11-18). "Disc of the week: Rihanna gets bad, and then badder". The Globe and Mail. Philip Crawley. Retrieved 2011-11-30.
  9. ^ Copsey, Robert (2011-11-21). "Rihanna: 'Talk That Talk' – Album review". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 2011-11-30.
  10. ^ "Iyaz – Fool In Love (Rihanna Remake)". 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  11. ^ a b "South Korea Gaon International Chart (Week: 2011 to November 26, 2011)". Gaon Chart. Archived from the original on 2013-03-16. Retrieved 2011-12-04. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help) If necessary, select "2011" and then "2011.11.20~2011.11.26" to see the chart.
  12. ^ a b "2011 Top 40 R&B Singles Archive 3rd December 2011". Official Charts Company. 2011-11-27. Archived from the original on 2012-09-19. Retrieved 2011-11-27. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  13. ^ a b "UK Singles Chart: CLUK Update (3.12.2011 – week 48)". Retrieved 2012-03-10.

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