Chris Brown has released his fifth LP titled Fortune.
For those of you looking for a repeat of F.A.M.E you’re not going to find it here.
Leggo straight into the review!
Stand out tracks: “Turn Up The Music;” “Till I Die;” “Strip;” “Trumpet Lights.”
“Turn Up The Music”– A hit dance single already charting, perfect for the club – one of the catchiest tracks on Fortune. Nothing unique in terms of sound though other than a catchy hook. Check the video HERE.
“Bassline” – Doesn’t every urban LP these days have a token dubstep track? “Bassline” is exactly that. Girl’s like your bassline Breezy? Really? C’mon man. Awful song that even dubstep can’t save. Perhaps you need to listen to your ex’s “Red Lipstick” cos sis knows how to cleverly use dub. Just sayin…
“Till I Die” ft. Big Sean & Wiz Khalifa – I’m going to be honest – I don’t like Chris Brown rapping. I cringe at the use of his words ‘ratchet’ and ‘we act hood.’ You’re not about ‘hood life’ Breezy – sit down. “Till I Die” is saved by his collaborative homies – to the point where I feel it should have been a Big Sean and Khalifa duet sans Brown. The beat is sick though. It was released as a single you can watch the video HERE.
“Mirage”– “Mirage” is boosted as Nas surprisingly comes in towards the end of the track about not really truly knowing someone. I dare say it will feature on the charts.
“Don’t Judge Me” – I had to laugh at the title of this track – coming from the most judged (and rightfully so) contemporary R&B/pop artist today for his personal misnomers. Getting past that that, the song is a really nice ballad about being judged by his girl from rumours and his past. The sound on “Don’t Judge Me” is how I like to hear Breezy, no profanity and vocally demonstrative – and shoot me for this, but he’s giving me a bit of Drake on this joint *ducks*.
“2012!” – An explicit bedroom track about doing it as if it’s the end of the world. I really like this track – mad props for “2012” Breezy!
“Strip” – More super freak – but with an irresistibly catchy uptempo beat. “Strip” performed well on the charts and got a lot of airplay. The track gets a nod from me (and potential clothing removal oop!).
“Biggest Fan” – This sexy track reminds me of Usher’s “Number One Fan.” “Biggest Fan” is full of braggadocio regarding his bedroom prowess. It’s not a stand out track – but I much prefer it to most of the other dance tracks on Fortune. R&B is king with Brown, it’s his biggest strength.
“Sweet Love” – Okay by this point, I was seriously getting tired of hearing Chris Brown’s desire to get freaky. Dude we get it – you’re a freak and you love pulling out your Magnums. Next.
“Stuck On Stupid” – A mid-tempo R&B track that gives me the same lyrical content and feel as F.A.M.E’s “She Ain’t You.” Sweet and well intentioned but mediocre.
“4 Years Old” – I don’t know that the ballad “4 Years Old” is as relatable to audiences as what Brown may have intended it to be. I understand what he’s trying to get at here – but it’s somehow lost in translation.
“Party Hard/Cadillac” ft. Se7en – A slow to mid tempo track about a highly coveted stripper who can party hard. Umm no shayde (no typo that’s Fancye shade) but I think Drake’s well and truly covered that territory. “Cadillac” is a motown style track and boy – I love it. Breezy why didn’t you make this a full track mate?
“Don’t Wake Me Up” – Opening the track with ‘Dearly beloved’ hey? *cough Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy”* “Don’t Wake Me Up” is another studio’d to death dance track (which reminds me very much of previously released “Beautiful People”) which has recently featured on the charts and has an accompanying music video. I don’t really connect with this track on any level – it will be interesting to see how it performs on the charts and on airplay.
“Trumpet Lights” ft. Sabrina Antoinette – YASSS!!!! Get it Chris! “Trumpet Lights” is dance production fiyah. I daresay this one will pop up on the charts too. That back beat gets my back moving to the beat with Jersey Shore fist pumps. Brown really hit the mark on “Trumpet Lights” a high of the album.
Deluxe only tracks
“Tell Somebody” – A slow paced bass heavy ballad about a girl he found at a bar. Brown is convinced that his object of affection will want to ‘tell somebody’ about how good he is in the sack. Yawn. Enough already.
“Free Run” – A nice but forgettable track. “Free Run” has a good sound production I just would have liked to have heard different lyrical content.
“Remember My Name” – Sounds a great deal like “Free Run” and screams of ego yet again. At this point Breezy’s ego is really grating on me and I’m growing very tired of his ‘it’s all about me’ attitude. It’s certainly evident of what’s most important to him at this point – himself.
“Wait For You” – A dance pop produced track which could have been left off the album entirely.
“Touch Me” ft. Se7en – A smooth collaborative sexy song to finish off the very long track list. It’s a pretty good track but doesn’t leave me wanting any more from Fortune.
What I wanted from Fortune is a sign of growth from Brown something which would silence all of his doubters and haters – an eargasmic, genre blended, carefully crafted track list. Unfortunately – it failed to deliver this.
I felt his precedent album F.A.M.E was a much stronger production overall.
Fortune is filled with too many mediocre R&B tracks (although that music style is by far his strongest) with few coming anywhere close to the memorable brilliance of “Deuces,” and “She Ain’t You” along with many of his other chart topping R&B tracks earlier in his career. Although they didn’t hit home, kudos to Brown for attempting a predominantly R&B album unlike his counterparts *side eyes Usher*
Fortune really lacks in depth – lyrically. I know that Chris Brown is still young at 23 years old, however he’s grown up in the world of celebrity which generally forces you to grow up quicker than most. I’ve spent most of my adult life listening to Breezy and seen him twice in concert- and I’ve come to expect more from him at this point in his career.
This LP is shallow and is a shameless exercise in flaunting his sexuality. I think considering the recent incidents in his private life this album should have showcased a lot more than what it did – I wanted more pain, real love, hell even touching on some social issues – just something that makes us believe that he is more dimensions to him than this bad boy of R&B.
Length wise – Fortune went for entirely too long spanning over an hour in total. I was ready for it to finish.
I don’t believe it was a disastrous piece of work from him, he’s an amazing singer, dancer and performer and he always will be – however Fortune was just tainted with a little too much mis-Fortune and ego – it couldn’t quite deliver on the chart busting success he has so rightfully earned in previous albums.
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