♫ Chris Brown – She Ain’t You
Only a year after the release of his third studio album, Graffiti, Chris Brown takes his place back in the spotlight for his brand new fourth studio album, F.A.M.E. The title is an acronym that is simply a tribute to his fans, stating “Fans Are My Everything.”
The past couple years have been very trying for Chris Brown. He started off on top, in a high-profile relationship with one of the world’s biggest superstars with a budding career as an artist and becoming an accomplished writer. He had created his own lane, and some would even argue that Chris is the best at what he does. But all of that talent and greatness was overshadowed by controversy, with a domestic situation that would leave Chris Brown in between a rock and a hard place.
Radio outlets, fans, music television and even some of his peers made the decision to steer clear of Chris Brown and his 2009 release, Graffiti, but it seems as though amid some appearances, performances and successful mixtapes, the doors have began to open again for the 21-year-old crooner. On his latest effort, F.A.M.E., Chris wants to give a token of his appreciation to his fans for sticking by him through this tough time, simply by making music that they want to here.
F.A.M.E. opens up with what some may call Chris Brown’s best work to date, the Tyga and Kevin McCall-assisted “Deuces.” He even gives us another mixtape cut, the popularized sex anthem, “No Bullshit,” and to no surprise, considering that those were two huge smashes in 2010, finding him at the top of the Billboard charts again.
Although the album is full of gems, some may argue that the direction of the album is unclear. Chris gives you a myriad of sexy ballads and mid-tempos, jumps ship to bass-thumping hip hop tracks to spit a few bars and then slink over a synth-y house downbeat. It seems like he explored a lot of different genres in order to create hits, which made for great songs, but not necessarily a cohesive sound. The list of producers, however, is impressive, ranging from The Underdogs, K-Mac, Tha Bizness, Benny Benassi, Brian Kennedy and many more.
The album shines its brightest on tracks like “She Ain’t You,” which samples Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” and the SWV hit, “Right Here,” as well as the Justin Bieber-featured, “Next 2 You.”
After all that Chris has been through; he definitely has a lot to show for it. His songwriting has greatly improved and if one thing is for sure, he has great fans. On his Twitter, he has urged his fans that he would love to sell a million records the first week. Let’s see if all his dedication to them with this album will get him there.