There were a lot of amazing albums that came out in 2011, but the one that really stood out to me was Chris Brown’s “F.A.M.E.”
Released in March of this year, this album is still making impeccable sales two months later which pushed it to number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. Chris Brown is not a stranger to the Billboard top list, his song “Run It” on his first self-titled album in 2005, made the Billboard 100, making him the first male artist to top the charts since Montell Jordan in 1995. So far his album is the second highest selling of the year (2011). Selling 27,000 copies in the first week shows that Jive Records has definitely invested their money in the right artist.
The success of Chris Brown’s album doesn’t take away from the publicity of his domestic abuse case against fellow R&B artist and ex-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. He is continuously showing the world and his fans that he is trying to move on, and although he has made mistakes in his past he is thankful for the support he received over the years. This is why he titled his album F.A.M.E. It’s an acronym for: Forgiving all my Enemies and Fans are my Everything.
With his first song, “Yeah 3X” released, he started off introducing us to his album with a pop song for his mainstream audience. Next came “Look at me Now” which was more for his urban audience. Looking only at the back of his album, his features are blessed by the talents of a lot of people like Justin Bieber, Wiz Khalifa, Benny Benassi and many more. His production team was also touched with a lot of talented producers.
Popping his CD into my stereo, Chris Brown takes me to his musical vision with his beautiful talent in singing and rapping. His mainstream songs “Dueces,” “Look at Me Now,” “Beautiful People,” “Yeah 3X,” and “No Bullshit” all have different sounds. You can tell Chris Brown is not only trying to keep in tune with his Hip-Hop listeners, but he is trying to tackle Pop listeners too.
His song “She Ain’t You” is an upbeat melody about being with a girl, but still always thinking about his ex. Another song, “Next to You,” has a feature of Justin Bieber and is about staying with the one you love. They sing the song together with a great sound and it is not too young or too old, looking at the differences in ages between Justin Bieber and Chris Brown the song is wonderfully written and it is another slow song with an upbeat tempo along with “Should’ve Kissed You.”
The slow songs on his album really trigger the female audience because they are very sexy. “Up to You,” “All Back,” and “Beg for it” are songs that I had to repeat on my stereo because they triggered a sense passion for me. Especially “Beg for it,” in which he says “We had the TV on, drowning out your screams, tell me your favorite love song girl, I’m gonna play it while your toes curl.”
He definitely hit an imagination spark with those words, and proved that sex does sell.
To get more into music that is about sex “Wet the Bed” featuring Ludacris, is a slow melody about making love. It gets very descriptive about what he would do with his lover and is a great late night song. But for those who are more into club bangers, songs like “Bomb” featuring Wiz Khalifa and “Paper, Scissor, Rock” featuring Big Sean and Timbaland, “Say it With Me,” “Oh My Love,” and “Love them Girls” featuring the Game are songs that you play on the dance floor.
At the end of the CD I wasn’t regretful that I bought it and I actually recommend it to all appropriate audiences. Chris Brown proved that he deserves the career that he performs in, and that his talent is not being wasted. I give “F.A.M.E.” four out of five stars (He loses a star because he didn’t dedicate a song to me).