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Graffiti - Chris Brown
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Graffiti - Chris Brown
Advantages: Some Great Tracks
This album has been abolustely panned by the critics, however after having listened to this, it is clear that this is only due to factors from his personal life, so I guess they are trying to make sure the album sells as poorly as possible, and with it peaking outside the top 40 in this country I guess they have succeeded. However this review will be completely unbiased and just my honest opinion on the music.
I have to say that I thought this was a very strong album, although not as great as Exclusive, but it does come close. Strangely enough the main promotional track which is I can Transform Ya I don't really enjoy that much, but he does shine through much of the album.
Another track that was released was Crawl, and this is a track I love. This starts of slowly, but once it gets going it really comes into its own, and I can see why it was released as a single. It is a track that many people can relate to, about being at a low point and wanting to run away to a better situation, however before you can run, you have to crawl. So lyrically I did enjoy it as well.
One of my favourite tracks on the album is 'So Cold', which starts off with an awesome piano skit at the begininng before the beat kicks in, and Chris Brown laces the tune with his incredible singing. People complain saying his lyrics are too much about his personal issues, but what I think this doesnt really matter, after all what else is he going to sing about, and there are some awesome upbeat tunes here as well.
A tune that I initially didnt like was Lucky Me, but the more I listen to it the more I enjoy it. It is similar to Crawl in the sense that it starts slowly and then builds up into an awesome song. It is also Chris Browns way of saying that he is lucky to be in the position that he is in, and that he knows how much the success means to him and how lucky he is.
He has clearly expereminted a lot more on this album than with previous stuff, and following the route of artists like Timbaland and Kanye West, is willing to try different options, 'I Love You' is one of these examples, and although a pop style tune, it is pretty addictive. The last song on the album, Chase Our Love, is also one of my favourites, and sounds like it has come straight out of the 80's. Now I think about it I like each track on the album in their own way, and whilst some are better than others, overall this is a very solid album.
Whilst I am no fan of what Chris Brown has done in his personal life, I do feel that he is too talented a musician not too recover, however he is running out of time. This album performed ok in the US, however his next will be career defining and it needs to sell well. He can either try to continue with this clean cut image style tracks which he has now ruined, or he can join P Diddy and the like and try the bad boy route, which may be an option. That way he would appeal to a completely different market, however this may be the only option he has.
I implore fans of Chris Brown and RnB in general to check this album out, whatever your opinions of Chris Brown are, and ignore any of the reviews you have read online or in the papers, as I can assure you that you will enjoy this album. 4 Stars
Summary: A Very Good Comeback