Chris Brown - Fortune Review

No matter who you are, you’ve heard the name Chris Brown.  Ever since his domestic violence incident in 2009 the general public has been split on whether they like him or not.  There are people who feel there is no coming back from what he’s done, while his loyal fans will argue that no one is perfect and everyone deserves forgiveness.  Then there are people like me, I personally don’t care for Chris Brown and feel that he has stopped maturing the moment people in his life stopped giving him direction and turned into “Yes” men.  I feel that Brown deserves to be forgiven for his actions like all people do, however, I also feel that forgiveness comes once you’ve proven you’re no longer the same person that did those actions.  Chris Brown has not proven that and is constantly finding himself in situations where he’s proving he’s still more of a child than a man.

With that said, I believe in separating a person’s personal life and actions from their music or art.  I believe that if we knew everything there were to know about every celebrity there would be plenty of individuals that we would find personally revolting.  Some people are just better at keeping their personal lives and beliefs away from their fans than others. While I don’t care for Brown, I do enjoy his music and look forward to hearing new material from him.

This leads me to Fortune, Chris Brown’s newest album of work, the follow-up to 2011’s F.A.M.E.  Fortune is Brown’s fifth album overall and looks to be his second consecutive number one on the Billboard 200 (for those who are not familiar with the Billboard 200, it is a weekly chart that lists the top 200 best selling albums in order of most units sold).  While first week sales are projected to be half of what F.A.M.E. sold during it’s first week, it still looks to be a commercial success for Brown.  Fortune definitely continues the vibe F.A.M.E. started.  Brown continues to play with different styles ranging from R&B, Hip Hop, and Dance Pop.  These styles were present in F.A.M.E. but I feel he’s found more control over each style on Fortune. 

Let’s look at the album song-by-song in 160 characters or less:

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