Album Review: Chris Brown “F.A.M.E.”
If it hasn’t been obvious over the past year by the hard work he’s put into the music and how well it’s been received, Chris Brown is back on top.
The R&B and pop vocalist drops his highly anticipated F.A.M.E. album tomorrow.
Chris Brown, the same artist that at 16 years old, released his first single “Run It” which went straight to #1 on the Billboard charts and who has had three albums in the top ten of the Billboard 200, is the same Virginia-native, and young boy with a gift, that stays humble by always thanking his fans for the continued support.
F.A.M.E. is Chris Brown’s 4th studio album and it’s already laid a great foundation with the success of each single that has so far been released.
In layman terms, every track is hot and it’s not that deep; this is just a fun album.
He starts off the album with “Deuces,” which was originally a cut off of his “Fan of a Fan” Mixtape which dropped in May 2010 but due to a hot video and continuous radio airplay, well into the start of 2011, the song peaked at #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts and ended up on the album.
“No BS” was also a track on his mixtape. This R&B song, still a favorite, is intoxicating and it sets such a smooth tone, because of the piano chords underneath the drums.
Following up with that slow R&B vibe, Chris Brown has a track called “Wet the Bed” featuring Ludacris. To a grown adult, it’s pretty obvious what the subject matter entails, but the song isn’t overly raunchy. It is raw though, commanding female attention. The lyrics “I ain’t afraid to drown if that means I’m deep up in your ocean” and “you’re just like a storm raining on me,” are metaphoric for a subject matter that R&B vocalists sing so well.
The next single set for release is “She Ain’t You,” an R&B/Hip-Hop track that samples the SWV “Right Here” Remix of Michael Jackson’s 1983 “Human Nature.”
He sings “With her it’s only bout the sex; with you I had a bad romance…I think I better let her go, I can’t leave you alone,” a feeling many have experienced once or twice.
“Say it With Me” and “Oh My Love,” two dance tracks produced Harmony “H Money” Samuels, similar in sound and heavy with the bass, may be the livest tracks on the album.
“Say It With Me,” begins with the flavor of Baltimore Club Music and then falls into a chorus with a House dance feel, providing the natural high that house music is so well-known for.
A video for this song would be so choreographically-driven because of the multiple layers in the musical arrangement. This is a guaranteed hit in the club and on billboard charts if released as a single. The voice of Amber Streeter on background vocals, makes the song even more cohesive because of the difference between his and her vocal range.
“Oh My Love” is a similar song in arrangement. The percussion is the motivating force and inspiration for everything else. Amber Street joins again on background vocals as Chris sings a mix of quick staccato lyrics on the verses, and an unreserved chorus where he belts out the words “Oh my love, you’ve got my heart.” This song is just a fun and clear cut dance track.
“All Back,” “Up To You,” and “Next To You” featuring Justin Beiber, are three tracks with a ballad-feel. In each of these songs, Chris Brown showcases his vocal ability as he sings about none other than relationships and love. All songs are worth mention and easy listening.
“Should’ve Kissed You” is another great song, youthful in its nature, about missing the grand opportunity to live out his fantasy and kiss the girl of his dreams. The song is reminiscent of “Yo” off of his debut album, based on the content.
Of course the Hip-Hop song “Look at Me Now,” featuring Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne, is on the album, as well as the pop songs, “Beautiful People” featuring Benny Benassi and “Yeah 3X.” “Look At Me Now” has already peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and “Yeah 3X” peaked at #15 on the same music chart.
The ability switch between the R&B/Hip-Hop genre and Pop/Dance music, proves his versatility.
As an artist, Chris Brown has built his own realm. This isn’t to say that he’s in a box, because he’s not just one type of artist. The ability to perform a mash-up of genres on a single album and do it well, is something only a few artists can do.
Prepare, as the F.A.M.E. album garners much success.
By: Selena Watkins