F.A.M.E. - Chris Brown
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  • Summary: The singer known for being constantly steeped in controversy turns the spotlight back on music with up-tempo R&B on his latest 13-track release, cowriting the majority of the record and incorporating a synth-pop sound.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. 83
    On its own merits, F.A.M.E. deserves to be heard.
  2. Mar 22, 2011
    70
    This all makes F.A.M.E. the equal of Forever, if not slightly better, and it hints that Brown's best is yet to come.
  3. Mar 22, 2011
    63
    All of it is done capably, even superbly in some cases, though F.A.M.E. also feels strained and sometimes downright desperate. That said, there's no denying he pulls off some neat coups.
  4. Mar 22, 2011
    50
    On F.A.M.E.'s effervescent slow jams and up-tempo R&B struts, Brown makes a solid case for himself as an adult artist. He inevitably falls flat, though, when he tries to reclaim his teen-idol mantle on oversold ballads.
  5. Mar 23, 2011
    40
    The album, taken as a whole, is remarkably disjointed, because eight of the 13 songs on it have been written with the intention of dominating a different corner of music land.
  6. Mar 22, 2011
    40
    Brown needs to bring the undeniable every time. Unfortunately that's not what he's done with this middling fourth album. Instead, only a handful of tracks truly showcase Brown's strengths.
  7. Apr 5, 2011
    0
    F.A.M.E. is a vile, despicable album that doesn't deserve to be supported in any way, shape or form. Its very existence is a frightening indictment of our times, in terms of our attitudes to music, women and the cult of celebrity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 6 out of 21
  1. Mar 31, 2012
    10
    F.A.M.E. is a fun R&B album which Breezy's fans won't be disappointed and also has really cool catchy songs that you can dance and jam too in the club. Expand
  2. Mar 24, 2011
    10
    FAME is everything I wanted from a comeback album. Although not the best it still helps for the way to make the thingy to work. FAME allows for the best in R&B to shine in a way that is completely innocuous to Chris Brown's career. Expand
  3. Mar 22, 2011
    10
    I think Graffiti was an amazing album that would have been a giant sucess if it was released later. Most of the reviews about it were really biased... Well and as much as i was not sure if Chris Brown will top his previous work, He did just that with F.A.M.E. . Just like Graffiti, Chris jumps from one genre of music to another. This album is much more positive than Graffiti and have more up tempo tracks. Deuces was a perfect choice for the first track as this is the ultimate comeback track for Chris, what is there to say about it? The lyrics are great, vocals are great and you've probably heard it by now. Second track is called "Up 2 You" and is one of my favourite tracks on album, it's a slow heartfelt pure R&B ballad. Great production and impressing vocals. Next are No BS which most of you probably heard by now too, (it's really nice slow jam) & Look at Me Now - The only track where Chris arguably gets outshined by other artist. It's a great hip-hop banger and Chris' verse is really nice although the speed at which Busta Rhymes spit is just unbelievable. The 5th track which i also consider one of the best on F.A.M.E. is "She Ain't You" . It samples Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" and SWV. Really catchy chorus and again great lyrics. 6th track is a production by Harmony. Chris again attempts to rap on it although those raps are much more melodic. The chorus got that 80s, 90s feel to it and features Seven's vocals which are real good. Overally i like the song but i wasn't impressed by lyrics. My least favourite from the 13 track offering probably.

    7th track is YEAH 3X, it was all over music programmes and radio so i doubt anyone didn't have a chance to hear it. I'm not really a fan of euro-pop sound but this song is actually really good and when you hear it you just can't help but dance. It's also very positive!

    Next 2 You, i wasn't sure how it's gonna turn out. Never been a fan nor a hater of Justin Bieber so i was quite curious what it will sound like. Well...it's a mid-tempo love song with great lyrics and great vocals from both Chris and Justin. One of the better tracks on album.

    Then after Next 2 You, comes a great great and deep "All Back" on which Chris sings about his lost love and that he wants eveyrything he lost (porbably after incident in 2009) back. This song is a real gem on here and it shows how amazing voice Chris Brown has.

    Wet the Bed comes next, i think the "plum" sound in the background is really nice touch. Ludacris delivers a great verse and the chorus is catchy. Vocals are again top notch. This is very simillar song to No BS although it's much more raunchy.

    Oh My Love is the 2nd production by Harmony, the beat is really really simillar to Say It With Me although this song is much much better. The verses are a very fast (think Busta & Twista) raps while chorus again has that 80s/90s feel. Kind of reminding me of Michael Jackson's Off the Wall album or even a couple of songs from Thriller.

    Should've Kissed You - It's co-produced by Chris Brown, it's well a little less memorable R&B ballad. The vocals are again really good but what really makes this one special for me is the fact alot of people can relate to the song including me. Definately nice one, not as impressing as Up 2 You or All Back but still really enjoyable.

    The last song is prod by Benny Benassi - Beautiful People. It's Trance if i'm not mistaken...i'm not really into this type of music and was really suprised when i first heard this song cause it's something different than usual stuff Chris Brown made in past. To be honest I did enjoy it though. The beat was well done and the message behind the song was great. "The beauty is inside you."

    There is pretty much nothing about F.A.M.E. that disapoints, some songs are better some songs are worse but all did satisfy me. I'd recommend this one mostly for people that like R&B cause there are alot of R&B songs like on all previous Chris Brown albums. Although i'm sure everyone can find something for themselves! The Deluxe edition includes 4 additional songs. Beg for it & Love me are good but nothing amazing to be honest. Bomb is a great hip-hop song with a lil Reggae vibe to it and Paper,Scissors,Rock is the best out of these. I'd recommend to get the deluxe version as it's worth it.
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  4. Jul 13, 2012
    8
    The album all around has to be a personal best for me. It's amazing as a comeback for Chris Brown back into the music mainstream world. Complete with stunning tracks and great collaborations, This album has shown it's great ability in the chart & winning awards at many music awards. Expand
  5. Sep 2, 2011
    4
    My least favorite Chris Brown album. This album is not an R&B album instead its a commercialized pop album just released to make Chris Brown relevant and to gain fans back. It did go number 1 but if it wasn't for "Look at me Now" i doubt that would have happened. The best songs were the ones released except yeahx3. The album sounds the same and was poorly put together. Hopefully Fortune will be better. Expand
  6. Mar 28, 2011
    4
    There is one really good song, "All Back." Too bad he really can't. When you punch women and throw chairs and other awful things that kinda goes down in crazy history forever. "Bomb" is pretty good too. That's about it. A forgettable album. Expand
  7. Oct 13, 2011
    0
    Woman beater. This man should be spending time in a federal prison right now - instead he is still be idolized by legions of people with absolutely no brain. If you like this man, just imagine how you would feel if he had savagely beaten the face in of your own sister, of your own mother.
    He is a reprehensible human being, and surely deserves none of what life has given him.
    Rot in hell Chris Brown.
    Oh yea, and his music is terrible.
    Black America, get a job. Please.
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