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Tuesday Tunes: Spotlight on Chris Brown

On Tuesdays, we’ll take a look at some new releases for the week, including a spotlight review. This week’s is the latest from Virginian Chris Brown.

chrisbrownChris Brown, “Fortune”

There was a time when Chris Brown seemed as if he might develop into a charismatic crooner. But anyone who has followed his post-Rihanna career knows that it’s all about the club-stompers and the crude factor for Brown.

And on his fifth studio album, “Fortune,” it’s all about the production and synthesizers, too.

There is nothing on the release to distinguish Brown lyrically or vocally, but that doesn’t seem to matter to him. As he tells us in “Bassline,” right after name checking his hometown of tiny Tappahannock, Va., he doesn’t give a “flying mother–-“ what anyone thinks of him.

That’s a good thing, since he mostly comes off as an immature horndog. Big Sean and Wiz Khalifa trade the most profane verses on “Till I Die,” but Brown has plenty to say over a heartbeat drum on “Biggest Fan,” on which he references Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long,” then tells his bed mate that “No is not an option” and “I’m gonna take what’s mine.”

Seriously, ladies, what is the appeal here?

He does turn semi-serious on the lilting ballad, “Don’t Judge Me,” pleading, “I’ve been through this so many times. Can we change the subject?”

But with collaborators including Danja and Polow da Don, the emphasis is on the beats, and many times, Brown succeeds, such as the fizzy “Turn up the Music,” his most appealing song in years, and “Don’t Wake Me Up,” an anthemic Auto Tune fest.

Judging by recent album sales, the Grammys and last weekend’s BET Awards, many seem to have forgiven Brown for his personal transgressions. That’s fine. But when will he start revealing anything meaningful in his music?

Also available today:

  • Flo Rida, “Wild Ones,” featuring “Good Feeling” and “Wild Ones.”
  • Jellyfish, “Live at Bogart’s 1991,” the first-ever live album from the band.
  • Wisin y Yandel, “Lideres,” the Puerto Rican duo whose reggaeton sounds will be heard when the open for Jennifer Lopez/Enrique Iglesias.
  • “American Idol Season 11 Top 10 Highights,” in which we all get to recall the vocal stylings of Heejun Han.

28 comments Add your comment

James

July 3rd, 2012
1:37 pm

Chris Brown is so sexy!

Praveen

July 3rd, 2012
2:19 pm

He gave a good performance on the VMAs. Only problem is his voice is autotuned even in the studio recordings. I have no idea what his real voice sounds like. He has a couple of catchy songs. Autotune is to the 00s what synth sax was to the 80s.

Breezy

July 3rd, 2012
2:45 pm

Quit the playa hatin’! You mad!

Steve

July 3rd, 2012
2:49 pm

Ah, yes. Lets give even more attention to the woman beater. What a great person he is!

gadem

July 3rd, 2012
2:55 pm

Chris Brown is an entertainer not a singer…please don’t get the two confused. With that said, I still don’t need to be entertained by the likes of him. Give me my old school RnB….any day of the week.

Crystal

July 3rd, 2012
2:59 pm

Hi, Chris Brown made a mistake which we all do in our lives. Let’s move on!

He is an entertainer singing is just ok.

Kim

July 3rd, 2012
3:02 pm

Well fortunately he didn’t make this album for the likes of you, because his fans seem to enjoy it just fine….so therefore, why SHOULD HE CARE what you think? Duh

LEMONDROP7

July 3rd, 2012
3:13 pm

Young ladies, please remember….Good men DO NOT HIT WOMEN in any way, shape, form or fashion. Don’t you men know that women are a gift to you. As for Chris, he’s a punk.

Parker

July 3rd, 2012
3:21 pm

diputs white lady with a diputs ssa opinion. Where’s Sonja Murray? …

Mateo

July 3rd, 2012
3:33 pm

Wow Parker, racist much? It’s an album review, chill out.

Mateo

July 3rd, 2012
3:34 pm

Also, Chris Brown’s music is disposable just like 90 percent of all pop music out there. I’m sure he’ll sell a lot of ringtones though.

Vector

July 3rd, 2012
3:42 pm

Chris brown is an idiot. He doesn`t know how to act. Shameful his highschool years should`ve been done with

Tim

July 3rd, 2012
3:50 pm

the only thing chris brown is guilty of, is a felony.

I think if he handled the situation with a little class (ie. michael vick), it would be gone. instead, he is a lifelong douche who brings the topic back himself with appearances on the today show, getting in fights with anyone who breathes, and whining about people judging him.

People who have a decent character actually care what people think about them.

Fulton

July 3rd, 2012
4:08 pm

D’Angelo ‘vamped’ for 5 minutes over two chords with a LIVE band and it sounded better than anything these new high-production artists can put out from a studio. And for the record, it’s not called hating, it’s just a sad fact…

Ty

July 3rd, 2012
4:16 pm

All you people get a life. Still talking about a incident that happened 3 years ago. If you like his music listen to it. If not then don’t. Everybody does bad things in their lives that they regret. Leave his life alone and worry about the crap that goes on in yours.

Phoneguy71

July 3rd, 2012
4:16 pm

Chris Brown is a no talent douchebag thug!!

Rick

July 3rd, 2012
4:24 pm

I, personally, don’t care if Chris Brown is successful or not. I care that someone who beats women is idolized by so many women. Yeah he made a mistake in the past, but he was never held accountable for it and he still hasn’t changed. That’s why so many people ‘hate’ on him, because when it happens again, and he beats ANOTHER woman, we’ll all point and laugh and say “I TOLD YOU SO”. It’s only the dumb people who think a character like Chris Brown actually gives a damn about anyone other than himself (read: narcissistic) that should be ridiculed. The level of cognitive dissonance is astonishing. There are plenty of other much more talented entertainers who deserve to live the life he does. He gave his opportunities up when he BEAT THE F*** OUT OF SOMEONE. Oh, but that’s right. He can sing good, so he gets a free pass.

Pssh.

Woow

July 3rd, 2012
4:40 pm

Whats up with the thug word lately.

Jawbreaker

July 3rd, 2012
5:07 pm

Whether it happened 3 years ago or not, it is what it is. The sad thing is Rhianna is willing to give this guy another chance. Its a crying shame. Its a mistake that keeps repeating itself. Its not if matter of if, just when will he do it again. Single ladies beware.

mecq

July 3rd, 2012
5:25 pm

Chris Brown has served his time. unfortunately the sleazy trollop that claims he hit her continues to exhibit trashy behavior. Not that it’s ever acceptable for a man to hit a woman. I think she likes sexually deviant behavior. As is proven by her behavior at home for her carnival this spring. Just Nasty…!!! I would not want to sit in a chair after her…!!!

RAMZAD

July 3rd, 2012
6:33 pm

Chris Brown needs to have a prison built up on top of him. I have always said that, and he continues to prove it.

Bastian

July 3rd, 2012
7:22 pm

Very unbiased review – I’ll be getting 10 copies of the album.

Team breezy

July 3rd, 2012
7:51 pm

Why are u hating?! Chris brown makes incredible music! Wether u like him as a person or not you can’t deny the fact that this is the best album he’s had thus far.

Dani

July 3rd, 2012
10:35 pm

Really… the focus should be on the man and his music…. instead music critics are writing regarding their personal opinions of him… I for one never listen to anything they have to say, their just one person opinion , because at the end of the day, his cd is now number one on iTunes… and apparently thousands of fans seem to think otherwise about his music. Also isn’t it strange that people that leave hateful remarks, follow every article about Chris Brown, yet say they don’t like him. I for one don’t read or comment on someone I don’t personally care for… Looks like Breezy is still winning…

Dani

July 3rd, 2012
10:36 pm

Oh forgot to mention that seeing this was written by a bias woman, I didn’t expect any less!

Sam

July 4th, 2012
9:36 am

Chris Brown did exactly what he was supposed to do he made an album that appeals to HIS fans. Fine if his music does not meet with your taste or you dnt like the fact that he continues to make music everyones entitled to their opinion but dnt expect it to mean anything to anyone. Great job Chris you can’t please everyone so continue to focus on those that you can! Fortune is sexy and I love it God bless you and keep your head high!

Thulls

July 5th, 2012
3:28 am

Chris has owned up to his mistake and taken full responsibility for it. It is amazing how a lot you(bloggers/journalists) can act so self righteous as if you are squirky clean. I am about to live right now to go and get myself a copy of Fortune and I know a lot of South Africans will be doing the same…….Leggoo

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