At first I questioned why Chris Brown added ‘Deuces’ to the album as it had been officially released as a single on June the 25th 2010 and was available on his ‘Fan of a Fan’ mixtape since May last year. However on second thought I found it appropriate as he’s moved on from a very low point in his career and is saying deuces to all the haters. Waving his goodbyes, but not showing any hate as the albums title stood for ‘Forgiving All My Enemies’ (F.A.M.E.), but just recently CB said he wanted it to be closer to his heart so changed it to ‘Fans Are My Everything’.
With that said the album is one for his fans, he wants to thank all for their loyal support through some tough years he’s had to endure. At the age of 21 is quite remarkable he’s on his fourth album. My favourite album to date is ‘Chris Brown’ as this was predominantly r&b rather than the electro-pop and dance-pop he offered on ‘Graffiti’. The big question for me was which end of the scale would ‘F.A.M.E.’ be on. The debut album or his last record?
As mentioned we open with the huge r&b track ‘Deuces’ which was one of the standout singles from 2010. The second song to grace us is a piano driven r&b ballad brought to us by the Underdogs who have produced tracks for Beyonce, Babyface and Tank to name just a few. Chris shows off his great vocals while telling the story of how a female has his full attention and it’s all up to her how far they go.
Then comes one of my favourite Chris Brown tracks to date ‘No Bullshit’, which is reminiscent to ‘Take You Down’, but more mature. ‘Look At Me Now’ has to be pumped through by speakers on every occasion I plan on going out. Breezy raps with two of the best rappers in the game Busta and Weezy, but it’s them that really stand out on here. Chris Brown is a singer not a rapper in by books and this was exposed when standing against two giant spitters. However the song is a club banger and will have the whole floor on their feet.
Track 5 ‘She Ain’t You’ is a solid track that samples SWV’s ‘Right Here’, which sampled Michael Jackson’s ‘Human Nature’. I found myself going onto YouTube and searching for the SWV track though. This is what happens at times when artists use a classic song and add their own touch. However going by the first 5 tracks I was already impressed.
Then comes ‘Say it With Me’ followed by ‘Yeah 3x’ which are built on the Euro-pop genre and if you’ve read previous posts of mine you know I’m not the biggest fan. ‘Oh My Love’ follows the same formula as Chris is trying to crossover to the mainstream with these tracks. You can’t blame him as it’s worked with ‘Yeah 3x’, which is doing well in the UK and US charts. ‘Beautiful People’ which is produced by the man who gave us the ridiculously catchy ‘Satisfaction’, Benny Benassi, could end up being one of Chris’s most successful songs to date as the dance and house lovers all around the world will love this.
‘Next 2 You’ features Justin Bieber and sees the two singers trading verses on a pop/r&b track which will please many young girls, but I can’t say I’m a fan of this Disney-esque record. ‘All Black’, ‘Should’ve Kissed You’ and ‘Beg For It’ are all solid r&b songs from Brown, but it’s on the Ludacris assisted ‘Wet The Bed’ that Chris gains my attention once more as this is the Chris I want to hear, just like ‘No Bullshit’. Singles more like these and ‘Poppin’ are when Chris is at his best for me.
As well as Luda, Chris managed to get Wiz Khalifa on ‘Bomb, The Game on ‘Love The Girls’, Timbaland and Big Sean on ‘Paper, Scissors, Rock’, but none of these songs really do anything for me. I like the beats and production, but none standout out for me, they are included only on the deluxe edition.
All in all the album is not a classic, and doesn’t top his debut effort, but it doesn’t disappoint me like Graffiti did. It is a very solid CD from Chris and I would give the album a 3.5 out of 5. I‘m sure the album will be a commercial success for Chris as he’s put in a lot of hard work in repairing a very damaged image. And I wish him the best of luck this year and beyond.
You can Pre-order the album here for only £7.99 and is expected to drop on March the 21st 2011.