Album Review: Chris Brown – Fortune
► Overall: 7/10
► Message: 7.5/10
► Musicality: 7/10
► Marketability: 8/10
► Though “Fortune” didn’t meet the sales numbers that “F.A.M.E” did, Chris Brown still delivers a dense modern R&B album. Complete with lustful lyrical content and colorful production, the LP fits nicely within the confines of today’s pop music environment. Long story short, when not rapping/singing about getting down and dirty or providing constant fodder for the paps, Brown haughtily laments the downside of notoriety. One man’s “fortune” is often another man’s treasure; On the record, Brown testifies to the ugliness that frequently comes with fame (Do I smell a dichotomy between “F.A.M.E.” and “Fortune”? …I think so.) The most creative track, “Mirage”, features NaS and breathes life into itself by sampling the lenitive drum loop from TLC’s “Waterfalls”. “Stuck on Stupid” is one of few ballads on “Fortune” and helps transition the album. It’s heartfelt and shows a side of Brown that we don’t hear about often enough. “2012” is a nice jam and plays on the hype of this calendar year. A solid single choice and a great all around party anthem, “Turn Up The Music” rounds out the record with some vibrant “deadmau5” house music sound. It’s a 7 of 10 for this audiophile.
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“Stuck On Stupid”
“Turn Up The Music”
Released: Jun 29, 2012
℗ 2012 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment