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Chris Brown: 'Fortune' - Album review

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Released on Saturday, Jun 30 2012

Chris Brown: 'Fortune'
"He's like the 'guy Beyoncé'," says Fat Joe, while The Underdogs' Harvey Mason Jr insists: "He's this generation's Michael Jackson." It's mighty praise for a 23-year-old performer just seven years into his career and having only a handful of albums to his name. Question is, does his latest record live up to the high standing?

If we were to judge solely on latest single 'Don't Wake Me Up' we'd be inclined to agree that Brown certainly has the chops and bravado to dominate pop. A storming synth line and head-rocking beats result in a bonafide four-to-the-floor club smash. Even chart-topping trailer cut 'Turn Up The Music' allowed Brown to flex his on-point dance moves with a suitable amount of swaggering showmanship.

However, the remainder of the record fails to offer anything remotely as exciting - unless hearing at great lengths that Breezy likes shagging, drinking and money is your thing. 'Bassline' comes across as a lazy attempt to add a dosage of on-trend dubstep, while 'Sweet Love' is a swaying R&B jam with predictably provocative lyrics ("All these sensations got me going crazy for you/ Inside on top of you").

Melancholic ballad 'Don't Judge Me' teases the promise of a bold and heartfelt statement, before you realise that he's just apologising for being a player with very little remorse. While the vast majority of Fortune is a far cry from being terrible, there is a frustrating lack of progression from an artist apparently capable of so much more.



Tracks to download: 'Don't Wake Me Up', 'Turn Up The Music', 'Till I Die'
If you like this, you'll like: Usher, Trey Songz, Justin Bieber

Watch the music video for Chris Brown's 'Don't Wake Me Up' below:

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