Chris Brown – “F.A.M.E.” Album Review by QP
If there’s anything separating the Chris Brown that created his first two albums from the Chris Brown that produced his latter musical projects, it’s the words that come to mind upon his mention. Once an innocent adolescent who had yet to hit vocal puberty, Chris Brown, now a young and fun man is more so the center of negative industry talks.
Nonetheless, in an effort to finally redeem himself of his circumnavigated album Graffiti and the scrutiny associated with his personal life; Brown is gearing up to release his appropriately titled fourth album F.A.M.E. (“Forgiving All My Enemies”).
It’s clear that Brown’s intentions are to be considered a successful crossover artist. With more electro-pop tunes to add to his catalog, Brown wins with “Oh My Love,” and the album’s 2nd Michael Jackson influenced track, “Say it With Me.”
Luckily, the “ride or die” R&B fans aren’t left out of the equation on F.A.M.E. as the first half of the album caters to the hip-hop/R&B crowd. Although many tracks have been floating around on the web and radio for some time, Brown’s continual transitioning vibes are enough to keep the attention of fans that may skip over recognizable songs.
Upbeat, pop, hard-hitting, melodic and downright loud tracks are the product of the vast handful of producers that contributed to F.A.M.E. K-Mac, H Money, Benny Benassi, The Messengers and Timothy Bloom are a few who lent their genius.
The collaboration with Justin Bieber “Next 2 you” isn’t far fetched, but a surprise being that the females these guys often sing about are far from one in the same. Brown displays his vocal ability pleasantly belting about the wishful option of rewinding time to correct wrongs on the country & blues sounding “All Back.” Why the four deluxe tracks are equivalent to a hip-hop EP is unknown. Wiz Khalifa, Timbaland, Big Sean and Game are all featured on the bass and synth heavy bonuses excluded from the standard album perhaps in an attempt to remain eclectic.
Sonically F.A.M.E. is an unorganized, but workable mesh of musical styles. Eurodance and sultry R&B cross paths a few times on this overall solid project. Hate it, like it or love it, one cannot blame Chris Brown for unexpectedly evolving and elevating above today’s faded R&B genre.
Tracks to check for:
1. She Ain’t You
2. All Back
3. Wet the Bed
4. Paper, Scissors, Rock
Wish there was more: production like “Look at Me Now.”
Wish there was less: Nothing really…