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Firstly like with my previous Chris Brown review I did, I just want to mention that beyond this sentence I will not mention the Rihanna beating again as I just want to focus on the album and judge it on its own merits.
I am a Chris Brown fan and own all his albums however this was the first I have been disappointed with an album he has made. I just did a review of Usher's latest album and talked about how he had evolved and done something different but here Chris Brown hasn't and if anything it has got worse as he has just pretty much stuck to making club tunes and even added the dreaded auto tune to certain tracks. It has become more and more about the dancing and this can be seen from his videos where the main attraction is his moves and dance routines rather than his voice. Its not like Chris Brown actually produced his own beat so I really don't give him any credit for the song when it is just auto tuned singing, he isn't Tpain after all.
I will look at a few tracks on the album starting with the first track Turn Up The Music. This is a pure dance track and the video for this is one of the best he has made. In terms of the actual track itself to be honest it is pretty pointless. It isn't even close to being one of his best or in the same league as his other club tunes like Wall to Wall. Lyrics wise he just keeps saying Turn Up The Music and Put your Hands Up In The Air.
This is one of the better tracks in the album and it has Nas on it. I imagine Nas would never agree to be on a track unless he approved of the beat. The auto tune however is not on from Chris Brown. This isn't even a club track and he uses it, when he doesn't need to sing hard so clearly it has only been used as a stylistic choice. Nas is definitely the best part of this track and his lyrics as always are really down to earth.
Similar to Usher he has a few ballads on his album and Don't Judge Me. I don't nearly to really mention what this track is about and it is to the people who still doubt him. I did say in the opening paragraph I wouldn't mention it again and I won't, but what I will say is if you want to move on and don't want people to mention aspects of your life you shouldn't make tracks like this. It is a decent track but doesn't really hit the spot for me. The beat is ok, and vocally it is also OK but nothing special.
Strip featuring Kevin McCall is one of the best tracks on the album and where Chris Brown is back to his old style and away from this Dance music style nonsense. I wish there were more tracks like this on the album. The beat is very upbeat and Chris Brown is up-tempo with his singing, unfortunately though it does seem like he is using the auto tune again. The song's lyrics are quite self-explanatory with the song being called strip.
My favourite track on the album is Party Hard Cadillac. I can't put my finger on where I have heard the beat before. It is slower than most of his other songs but very catchy. The lyrics are also very nice and about his girl who he completely understands and how she stole his heart. Some people say this song is about Rihanna, but then most of his songs could or could not be about her.
Overall this is my least favourite Chris Brown album, and after a few plays I can safely this album will not be listened to again. There are no tracks that I would say I would go out of my way to listen to in the future. It has however been a commercial success and it hit no 1 is both the US and UK so clearly he is doing something right and you know what they say if it isn't broke, then don't fix it.