Sampling the myriad of sounds acquired over his career, Chris Brown drops his latest LP â€śFortuneâ€ť, where heâ€™s joined by big names in hip hop, dance, and R&B.
Chris Brown has never been content with being just an R&B singer. Furthermore, he has never been satisfied with reaching a certain demographic, and has played within the pop genre to continuously open new eyes and ears. With four albums already under his belt, Fortune acts as a compilation of all of his previous experiments. Seeing that is a mix of gold and platinum plaques, as well as a recent Grammy award, this recipe is one certain to please a variety of taste-buds.
His past aside, Fortune does start out on a considerably new foot. For those that have paid close attention to Chris Brown's career they know he can be a lot more aggressive in his personal life, than his ballads lead on. The introductory trio of tunes proves this point to a degree. â€śTurn Up the Musicâ€ť offers a fast paced dance rhythm that leads into â€śBasslineâ€ť and itâ€™s House grind. The latter also provides a slice of vulgarity that increases when â€śTill I Dieâ€ť plays through. This Big Sean and Wiz Khalifa assisted tune is more hip hop than R&B, as its content is unapologetically braggadocios.
At this point the listener believing the album to be more pop than purpose is taken for a turn when â€śMirageâ€ť kicks in. The conceptual track warns women invested in the surface only to slide over. Nas spits a sixteen about the same that will have many hitting rewind. â€śDonâ€™t Judge Meâ€ť is equally memorable, and tells the tale of a couple caught up with the unimportant. Afterwards the baby-making-music begins. This seven song set is well crafted with bookends that stand out. â€ś2012â€ť opens it by wetting a womanâ€™s whistle before the Mayan calendar runs dry. The Boi-1da built â€śParty Hardâ€ť closes it by setting up Chris with a sound he excels on.
Then thereâ€™s the acoustic accompanied dance song, â€śDonâ€™t Wake Me Up.â€ť It is prefaced with the spoken words: â€śDearly beloved, if this love only exists in my dreamsâ€¦ donâ€™t wake me up.â€ť Subsequently a six string strums and sees Chris stretch into an increasingly synthetic instrumental. Itâ€™ll have you nodding your head and singing along in no time. â€śTrumpet Lightsâ€ť keeps the tempo, but itâ€™s not the artistâ€™s deepest work on this outing.
The closing set is a mixed bag. â€śFree Runâ€ť is the breath of fresh air long time fans know Brown for; and â€śRemember My Nameâ€ť contains those confidence inspiring lyrics many will enjoy mimicking. Otherwise, itâ€™s filler for the die-hard fans. That said, the album is packed with good, easy, and great listening. With an array of sounds and singles in the making itâ€™s definitely worth picking up; if not for yourself than for your better half. After all, they deserve a little buttering after the barrage of guttural flows you ask them to endure.