A handy guide to help you listen to Chris Brown's ambitious new album, "Heartbreak on a Full Moon."
The oft-disputed king of Urban Soul/R&B has returned to making headlines for his music instead of injecting himself into the news cycle for his out-of-control Twitter fingers. Between side-eying RiRi's Instagram posts and putting "Honey" R&B newcomer Kehlani on blast for allegedly cheating on his BFF Kyrie Irving, Brown has remained steadfast in his commitment to continually test the loyalty of Team Breezy. The 45-track Heartbreak On A Full Moon is Brown's first studio collection released since 2015's "Royalty" and the mammoth effort has already earned the singer an impressive career milestone. Along with snagging the top spot on the iTunes charts, HOAFM has gone gold in its first week despite the fact that the RIAA only credited the hitmaker for sales spanning three of the seven days (Apparently, Brown missed the must-release-on-Friday memo). Brown smashed the current trend of massaging album lengths, dwarfing Drake's 22-track "More Life," Lil B's 27-count on "Black Ken" and beating Future's 36-song two album effort by nine tracks.
With enough pop flavor, chill R&B, and trap beats to satisfy any subset of the far-reaching population of Chris Brown fans, this hot new album is a unquestionable testament to the singer's dedication to his craft, a positive translation of his self-professed obsessive behavior. Increasing his album track count by an impressive 30% with just one release, even the staunchest detractor can find a track worth a second listen on the two-disk collection. While the songs can get a bit repetitive with the common uses of auto-tuned vocals and Top 40-style hook fodder, HOAFM is an album certainly worth setting aside the full 2 hours and 40 minutes needed to digest Breezy's latest musical opus. There is arguably a solid hour of standout songs that pull their weight and help soften the blow of the other repetitive tracks that add to the album's bloat factor and do nothing more than prove Brown knows his way around a hook.