Fortune - Chris Brown
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  • Summary: The fifth album for the R&B singer features guest appearances from Sabrina Antoinette, Big Sean, Nas, Kevin McCall, Sevyn, and Wiz Khalifa.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Jul 11, 2012
    70
    Overall, Fortune further indicates a changing of the guard in urban music, as Chris Brown's feel good songs find his most staunch advocates willing to overlook his lowered standards of musical content.
  2. Jul 5, 2012
    70
    The truth is in the eye of the beholder, and with easily accessible albums like Fortune, there will continue to be a lot of eyes on Chris Brown.
  3. 50
    Fortune reveals an artist more concerned with calculating than creating.
  4. 40
    This is not a great album.
  5. Jul 3, 2012
    40
    The album's most compelling sounds get saddled with songs either forgettable ("Trumpet Lights") or regrettable ("Mirage," a sinuous reggae fusion that's Nas-boosted but unnecessarily nasty).
  6. Jul 2, 2012
    40
    Some of the productions, courtesy of the Runners, Adonis, and Kevin McCall, save it from being a disaster.
  7. Jun 28, 2012
    0
    Fortune is the kind of record that will please Brown's many deluded female fans, but we cannot with good conscience give it a single star.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 42
  2. Negative: 21 out of 42
  1. Aug 1, 2012
    10
    fortune is amazing you have the nice slow/love songs i.e party hard,stuck on stupid,4years old, and then the club tracks turn up the music dont wake me up and trumpet lights and the sexual strip,2012,sweet love,biggest fan and till i die and bassline the wraps and mirage just a nice mix so something there for everyone so to be honest all these bad reviews haved nothing to do with the album i can tell its more about your opinion of him and you can get back by slamming the album absolutly pathetic people,,,grow up Expand
  2. Jul 3, 2012
    10
    After hearing the 5 singles realeased from Fortune, I was thinking it's gonna be good but nowhere near good as the last album (F.A.M.E.), needless to say - I was wrong. The album's singles give a little wrong idea of what the album serves. Why? Because I expected mostly dance, pop driven record and instead I get something that comes closer to Chris Brown's first 2 albums. The album seems much more cohesive than the last 2 records (even though I never had a problem with that). It starts of with "Turn up the music", continues with Dubstep influenced "Bassline" and then switches to the futuristic sounding "Till I Die" but later on, it's R&B and only R&B until the last 2 tracks at the end (unless you count Nas feature on Mirage which is probably my favourite record on the album).

    It doesn't get boring though, the production on it's own keeps you entertained. There is a great ton of detail on each of the songs, making them intresting and often creating a great build up. The lyrics seem to be better than on the last album aswell (most notably on "Don't Judge Me" , "4 Years Old" and "Stuck on Stupid"). When it comes to vocals, the greatest showcase of Brown's abbility comes on "Cadillac (interlude)" which is a nearly acappella song. It leaves you wishing it wasn't just an interlude.

    All in all, Fortune is a great album that is sure to become underrated mostly because of artist's personal life but hey, everyone got their own ears, listen yourself and see if you like it. I highly recommend deluxe version, you wouldn't like to miss out on "Free Run" or "Wait For You" .
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  3. Jul 3, 2012
    10
    Chris Brown's Fortune album is destined to be deemed as a Pop confection and a cacophony of sexual lyrics and sounds. But, this is entirely incorrect. It is, again, an underrated album. Chris Brown's newest studio album shows his journey as an artist, both musically and creatively in the entire saga of Fortune - in art, as a music video director and entertainer. With songs like "2012", "Biggest Fan" and "Sweet Love", he sets the tone for the night in romantic, sweet and sometimes super sexual evenings with his Boo. "Don't Judge Me" and "4 Years Old" look back onto the past and reveal his real emotions about past relationships and possible concerns about the speed at which his career has taken off, reminiscing friend Tyga's "Moving 2 Fast". "Party Hard", "Bassline" and "Biggest Fan" are the most single ready of the yet to be released tracks on the album. "Party Hard" is a song about that girl who you are interested in, but can never get the moment to show how you feel about her, it's total infatuation. After "Party Hard", there is a short interlude which features Chris' favorite female artist, Se7en, called "Cadillac" where Chris and Se7en sing acapella. "Bassline" is an exemplary example of a real music artist using dubstep the correct way - in which many Pop artists have simply jumped onto a dubstep track to try and be on the current trend. Kudos to Breezy for creating a song representative of the actual genre and being creative as well. "Mirage" and "Til' I Die" are two songs for the Hip Hop crowd, with "Mirage" featuring Hip Hop legend Nas and the latter featuring hot rappers Big Sean and Wiz Khalifa. Of course, "Strip", one of Brown's most successful R&B jams to date is on the middle of the album, featuring label mate (CBE) and mentee Kevin McCall. "Turn Up The Music", one of his biggest Pop / Dance songs to date, "Don't Wake Me Up" and "Trumpet Lights" are the Eurodance tracks Chris has become known for the past few years. They feature futuristic sounds, big bass and winding lyrics to get fans and non-fans on the dance floor. "Trumpet Lights" is the most adventurous and unique track on the album, with the sounds of Eurodance, Salsa and Dubstep rolled into one of Fortune's best tracks. It also features new CBE Signee Sabrina Antoinette. Fortune shows a lot of growth creatively both in and out of the studio. It is a surefire hit for #TeamBreezy and should win over new fans and people interested in R&B, Pop or Dubstep. Chris has a lot of jams, no matter which genre you're interested in - and they are all very well produced, written and performed on Fortune. This album shows how he has grown since F.A.M.E. was released in March 2011. I recommend you purchase this album, and even splurge on the deluxe edition, where there is sure to be more "A" grade R&B, Pop and Dubstep to fill your home, car or iPod with this summer! Expand
  4. Jul 13, 2012
    4
    Fortune tries to go back to the future for no reason. It tries to be like those 90s album that strive to have a 21st century sound. It pretty much tries too hard, but at the same time keeps what R&B artists try to get away from. (Making the same song on every album.) This album wasn't from the heart, but from the radio. Expand
  5. Jul 6, 2012
    2
    Generic, forgettable, excessive auto-tune. Chris Brown needs to step it up. This is really mediocre, his live voice doesn't help, the contrast with the 90% from his performances which are lip synched is cringe worthy. Expand
  6. Jul 10, 2012
    2
    As someone who has purchased all of Chris Brown's previous albums I was highly disappointed. This sounds like an album of leftover mix tapes tracks. Absolute garbage & embarrassing to his catalogue of music. Give us time to miss you Chris, because this was rushed pop garbage. Expand
  7. Mar 16, 2013
    0
    Most unrelated and boring album ever made I guess, it's time to Chris make real music, not four floors beats on EVERY music, just make music, variable and enjoyable music. Expand

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