This album my Chris Brown is absolutely one of my favourite! I even have 2 copies, one which lives in my car, and one which stays at home. The music on this album covers a wide variety, from dance, rap, hip-hop, r &b and pop. I feel this shows Chris Brown's wide ranging talent and demonstrates his eclectic artistic personality. This album shows a development in his musical career as his vocal ability and emotion is expressed more clearly and as a listener I can feel more attached to him as a musician.
Next to you with Justin Bieber has a smooth sensual feel, which all lovers and companions will be able to relate to. Chris Brown and Justin Biebers voices both compliment each other and I feel a part of the song each time I listen to it. No Bull***t is one of his songs which I can listen to a million times a day and still feel the same urge to sway to each time. Look at me now and Beautiful people are one of his most well known tracks released on the album and guaranteed to get everyone who listens to it moving! The influence of the late Michael Jackson is noticeable throughout this album with songs like Human Nature and She ain't you.
I would recommend this album to all, looking for an upbeat tempo, but with sensual and slow songs. I love it for long car journeys e.g. motorways as it is a 2 disc album and never gets old! So getting double the tracks for half the price :)
After a potentially career-damaging incident with Rihanna, it took a while for Chris Brown to find his feet again. The first Breezy album which he dropped after the incident went down as an utter flop. It was trying too hard, it wasn't particularly memorable and he was dressed like a superhero on the cover. This time around, now the situation obvious of a lingering issue in his music, Chris Brown began the promotion of "F.A.M.E." with some of his biggest singles ever. "Yeah 3x" might have been terrible, but "Beautiful People" made up for it and was enough to get people excited for this, his fourth record.
Tunes like "Wet the Bed" and "She Ain't You" prove that he isn't just going with the flow and doing what people expect of him. As easy as it is for Brown to do so, sampling SWV on the latter creates a mystical tune which could go down as one of his finest. Elsewhere, he supplements the insincere House explorations with a rowdy link-up with Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes. "Look At Me Now" and its rapid-fire flows for all the artists involved makes the most of a Diplo and Afrojack production, without compromising the album's futuristic direction.
As mentioned earlier, "Yeah x3" is a poor reflection of what's on "F.A.M.E." and gives off the impression that he wants nothing more than to supply the world with the most joyous music he could ever make, but isn't where the wackness ends. He continues to work with other House producers, who seem to try to recreate that vibe on songs, but it always fails to live up to expectation. Also, whereas there was seen to be a massive uprise of experimental R&B in 2011, he ignores those trends in favour of something which Usher could easily have crammed onto his 2010 album, "Raymond v. Raymond".
Although not too far away from where his music was at on "Graffiti", Chris Brown is much more direct and to-the-point on this album. Obviously, he still has to go through the process of catering to sounds which should never be in the same room as each other, but he doesn't get as caught up on a demand to remain in any particular style. There's a bit of Rap (helped with guest spots from Luda, Tyga, Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes) while he gets some of the world's biggest beatmakers to make sure that his House end is as polarising as it should be. Those combined make a solid Chris Brown album, although some parts may not cater to all.
"F.A.M.E." breaks ground which "Graffiti" couldn't, now there's a huge expectation for his next move and what forward-thinking games could come from it.
Quite possibly my most listened to album in 2011, a fantastic comeback from Chris Brown, a selection of amazing collaborations with the likes of Lil Wayne and even Justin Beiber... can you get a more polar opposite pair? Fortunately they feature on separate tracks!
Despite Chris Brown's knack for making all his songs sound very similar I think he definitely pulled the cat out of the bag with this one.
Had to pick two I'm afraid
1. Look at me now - Featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhyme the understated beat gets my head nodding every time and tempts me to try and rap along, failing miserably may I add. Busta Rhymes feature is fantastic, definitely makes the track.
2. Next to you - Featuring Justin Beiber... Just wow. It wasn't ever going to fail, my two favourite people jamming. A real heart felt song, sang beautifully by the pair. Kind of worrying that they're singing a love song to each other though. This one is a real sing along track, a nice break from the rapping and high tempo feel of most of his popular tracks
Least favourite track
All back - Still like this song but it's my least favourite due to the lack of appearance from another artist, I think chris works better when collaborating. One of the more mellow tracks, another easy listen but gets a little too mellow for my liking.
Favourite song to sing to
Had to mention this one
She ain't you - One of the most played tracks for me on this album, features the back track to Michael Jackson's Human Nature. A really clever twist to what otherwise would have been an average track. Extremely catchy and really showcases his talent in this one.
All in all a really great album, definitely beating his earlier work and a definite must if you're into this genre.
So, Chris Brown rushed back into production with his comeback 'F.A.M.E' and rushed he indeed did. I, for one, am no fan of Chris brown; I just wanted to check out his latest instalment to see what it's all about. With 17 tracks, it's a long album by anyone's standards.
~Lowdown of the tracks~
The first track 'Deuces' carries a beat that's strikingly similar to Rihanna's 'Te Amo.' It's just a flatter, more boring version, filled with lots of swearing to delight. The rapping doesn't add much to it either, probably because there's nothing much to add to. It's a shame really, but it's just so boring and flat. So the repetition of the same notes and lyrics over and over again is just annoying.
The second song 'Up To You' sounds very cheesy 90s sounding. At this point, I'm bored. The next one 'No BS' leaves me feeling no differently. As soon as I heard these first couple of tracks and saw the length of the album, I thought it was going to be the end of me. Every song sounds the same - in the first chunk of the album anyway; they don't stand out as individual tracks.
'Look At Me Now' actually reminds me of a rap from the new BBC 3 comedy TV series 'Angry Boys' which was written in all humour as a joke! I did find the speed Busta Rhymes was rapping at ever so slightly amusing, but it's not really something I'd want to listen to again, even if you paid me... well, actually...
'She Aint You' just aint it for me; it's average at best, and maybe even then I'm being too generous. There's not much to say about these songs; they're all just garbage and we know where that goes. 'Say It with Me' sounds like a thousand songs I've heard before and a thousand more that I'm yet to hear. Not Impressed.
By the time it gets to 'Yeah 3x,' I'm relieved - and this one's not even all that spectacular! It's got a strong thumping beat and the vocals are just as thumping. The pre-chorus, rapping and beat stand out, making it quite an enjoyable song - but maybe I'm just delusional after hearing 6 tracks of rubbish beforehand. With 'Next To You' afterwards, I've never loved Justin Bieber so much. This song alone is almost forgivable of all the junk before it. It's not a masterpiece by any means but the essence of the song makes it a pleasure to listen to. Then, with him belting out "I Want It All Back" in the following song, I began to wonder if this was the same artist I'd been listening to a few tracks back when I wanted to tear my hair out. If there's one thing, he does show that he really can sing.
Sadly, with 'Wet The Bed,' it's back to rubbish again. Even Ludacris can't save this one... 'Oh My love' has the most annoying chorus but its bridges offer some real catchy moments. The fact that the verses are better than the chorus and that the chorus feels out of place with the rest of the song doesn't say much for it. It's a shame really, though credit to him for rapping - and he does it well.
'Should've Kissed You' is quite enjoyable, with a decent chorus for once. 'Beautiful People' - featuring Benny Benassi - has a great, pounding start, sounding like a great club track. I wouldn't class it as the kind of song for everyday listening but one that's enjoyable for the occasional listen, particularly suited to clubs. I guess this doesn't say much for the track!
The album could have easily stopped here. It would have finished on quite a high note, thanks to 'Beautiful People,' but instead it carries on offering some more dull and uninteresting songs. 'Love The Girls' for instance is another throwaway song. 'Paper, Scissors, Rock' - featuring Big Sean and Timberland - looks an interesting song title and collaboration but the actual song isn't as interesting. The chorus, where Chris sings 'paper, scissors, Rock' is heavily auto tuned too, which loses points from me. 'Beg For It' starts off ok, carries on ok and finishes ok. Overall, it's ok!
Last, but definitely not least, is Chipmunk's 'Champion,' featuring Chris Brown. I don't really feel either way about the song, so it's not a great end to the album for me, but then, it's not a great album anyway; it's average, for the most part. What I would say to finish is: what have they done with this album? Sat down for each writing/recording session and thought, right, let's come up with a combination of a few beats and sing some utter rubbish over the top! Okay, maybe that's not fair, but I think in all honesty, there are a few good tracks and the rests for the skip. It's just a shame that what could have potentially been a good album was brought down by so many bad fillers. And if he mentions his bed one more time...
Be sure to check out 'Next To You,' 'All Back,' 'Oh My Love' (for the verses) and 'Should've Kissed You.' But, take my advice: don't bother with the rest!
"Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Human Nature
2 Right Here
4 Up To You
5 No BS
6 Look At Me Now
7 She Ain't You
8 Say It With Me
9 Yeah 3x
10 Next To You
11 All Back
12 Wet The Bed
13 Oh My Love
14 Should've Kissed You
15 Beautiful People
17 Love The Girls
18 ""Paper, Scissors, Rock""
19 Beg For It