Chris Brown 'X' | Album Review

Was supposed to post this last week but decided to give the album more play time before i dropped the review. 

Probably one of the most anticipated albums of 2013/2014. Originally set for release on July 26th, 2013 however due to management issues and Brown's prison sentence, the album ended up being pushed back a few times. X is the sixth studio album from Breezy and it follows on from Fortune (2012). Unlike its predecessor, the album shys away from euro beats and is personally I agree with critics that it's a massive improvement if compared to Fortune. It's the first Brown album I've listened to from start to finish without skipping tracks. 

Breezy explained his mindset of making the album as: 
“I tried to stay away from the Euro beats, and not go totally pop. Instead, I wanted to take the Quincy Jones approach. The record pays homage to the Stevie Wonders, the Michael Jacksons, the Sam Cookes. I wanted to put that classic essence of R&B and soul with the new age of music now. There’s a lot of live instruments, and a lot less Auto-Tune. I really wanted to demonstrate my vocal ability, creating the vibe of me singing along with a band.”

The record is pretty decent and though it is disjointed, it's packed with a little something for everyone. From EDM (Electronic Dance Music) to R&B to Pop and a bit of funk/soul (Add Me In, Time For Love). Some could argue that 21 tracks is too much but X has enough appealing joints to support the run time. Features include Trey Songz (on the R Kelly tribute 'Songs on 12 Play'  which pays homage to Kels' debut solo album '12 Play') R Kelly on 'Drown In It' (no explanation needed), Akon on Came to Do (which sounds a bit like Loyal and may be  Breezy's next single), Lil Wayne and Tyga on Loyal (probably the most played and definitely the highest charting single off X so far), Usher and Rick Ross on New Flame (Pure heat), Jhenè Aiko on the boozy Drunk Texting, Nicky Minaj on Love More (Brown's first single) and Kendrick Lamar on my favourite track- Autumn Leaves (K-dot back at it with another killer verse).  Other features include Ariana Grande, Brandy and the late Aaliyah. The album theme is based on failed relationships and self reflection with Breezy playing the victim throughout which is evident in title track X and Stereo Type. All that said X is still a good album. Check it out, I give X a rating of 3.5/5 



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