Breathe out, breathe in. That's how I’m presently coping with the fact that Rihanna has yet to release her eighth album, R8. Initially, I didn't mind her taking longer to complete this album than she usually does, but the way she's been rolling out these singles lately has me feeling exceptionally antsy. Anyway, unless you've been vacationing on another planet, you've already realized my previous breathing reference has absolutely nothing to do with me working on my Lamaze certification and everything to do with Rihanna's latest song "American Oxygen." It's a strikingly sentimental ballad that managed to stop me from bopping to "Bitch Better Have My Money" long enough to give it a thorough lyrical analysis and a thumbs up.
In the event that you haven't listened to "American Oxygen," let me just point out that your to-do list priorities are obviously all screwy so get it together — STAT. Otherwise, how else will you be able to obsess over the lyrics and participate in a feverish debate over what the song means? So far, it seems that everyone has surmised that “American Oxygen” is strictly a patriotic anthem brimming with inspiration, but Rih's a mutli-layered woman so that can't be the only meaning, right?
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Frankly the chorus of "American Oxygen" sounds like Rih was feeling winded after having released seven albums in seven years: "Breathe out, breathe in/American oxygen/Every breath I breathe/Chasin’ this American dream/Breathe out, breathe in/American oxygen."
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