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Music Review: Chris Brown "Fortune"

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Chris Brown, what were you thinking?

No doubt, this is not the first time that phrase has been typed or said in the past couple years. Actually, it’s surely been uttered in the past couple weeks.

Brown’s career seemingly didn’t miss a step despite turmoil in his personal life. His last release, the Grammy award-winning “F.A.M.E.,” was Brown’s first No. 1 album in the United States. On “F.A.M.E.,” the singer found a perfect mix of club songs and smooth R&B sounds. But that’s not the approach he takes on “Fortune.” Well, not for most of the album, at least.

“Turn Up The Music” leads off the album and is slathered in techno beats. It’s a sound fitting of “F.A.M.E” and one that proved popular in the past. But Brown has a swerve in store for his listeners.
Just two tracks in and we’re re-introduced to Chris Brown the rapper. “I’m winning, you heard about my image. But I could give a flying m--------k who’s offended,” he spews on “Bassline.”

Chris Brown, what were you thinking?

But hold on, Brown didn’t mean all of that. No, really he’s a good guy. At least that’s the persona he tries to portray on “Don’t Judge Me.” “So please don’t judge me, and I won’t judge you,” Brown pleads on the song, before warning, “ ’cause it could get ugly.”

Chris Brown, what were you thinking?

But it doesn’t end there. The song “Stuck On Stupid” ... you know, there’s no need to provide another lyric here. The title speaks for itself.

Chris Brown, what were you thinking?

The album ends with “Trumpet Lights,” a song built on the backbone of a nifty Latin-influenced dance beat. The beat coupled with Brown being more focused and finally dialing down his lyrics, makes for one of the better songs on the album. But it’s too late. “Fortune” strays too far from what Brown does best and emphasizes his worst traits.

Chris Brown, what were you thinking?

   • Rob Carroll writes about pop culture and entertainment for the Northwest Herald. He can be reached at rcarroll@shawmedia.com. You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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