Rihanna drops second Black Panther single and we regret to inform you it’s another ballad

Rihanna looking over her shoulder

Rihanna continues her comeback with another ballad from the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack titled “Born Again” – and fans are fed up.

Said to be the soundtrack to the credits on the Marvel Cinematic Universe film, the three and a half minute long offering contains lyrics like: “So until those rivers run out/ It runs through me/ Wherever you are, I’ll bе there/ We carry on (Wе carry on)/ Born again”.

Despite it being written by past collaborator The-Dream, who previously wrote “Umbrella” and “Birthday Cake”, it was obvious that the soundtrack perhaps wouldn’t contain songs comparable to the dancehall-inspired “Work” or sexy “S&M”. But, some fans are – once again – displeased.

Another fan pointed out that the singer herself hadn’t promoted the single:

However, other fans have been more complimentary of the singer’s second single; one wrote: “nah what rihanna did on born again is actually magic” and another added: “Born again is just omg”

It makes sense for the two singles released to have a more melancholy, respectful tone than “We Found Love”, given that Wakanda Forever is essentially a love letter to the late Chadwick Boseman.

Still, when she headlines the Super Bowl, we’re hoping for any new music to be something a bit more – shall we say – sexy.

Rihanna’s return to music has not been nothing if not characteristically messy. First, she dropped “Lift Me Up”, the first song released for the sequel to 2018’s Black Panther to a distinctly lukewarm reception, barely making a ripple compared to the predicted tsunami that the singer/ businesswoman/ makeup lady had teased when she said her fans would kill her if she released a lullaby.

Then, she cast Johnny Depp – yes, that Johnny Depp – to walk in her most recent Savage x Fenty show, with the 36-second long cameo confusing fans as to why it was even necessary in the first place.