For those who didn't know, I was actually very pleased with the finished product that was Rihanna's album, "Loud." While she is not of a high live performance caliber, her records on this recent release are proof of great A&R song scouting, exceptional writing/production, and an engineering team of death. Still, it's always fun to notate the history of a song, and the record "S&M," created by Esther Dean & international hit-makers, Stargate, is a solid dance-pop cut. I have no qualms about saying that this reference with Esther on vocals is clearly the better version; Ms. Dean gives you the grit and growl that would be required for a song about sado-masochistic fantasy. Take a listen and let us know what you think!
For the record, here is the album version so you can compare.