• Record Label: RCA
  • Release Date: Sep 16, 2014
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
Buy On
  1. Sep 15, 2014
    82
    Once gratuitous fillers are skipped, gems appear, especially on the closing half, where Brown is lucid about his tabloid love life.
  2. Sep 18, 2014
    80
    There aren't many singers who have both the vocal ability and range of delivery to traverse a musical landscape that vast, but Brown does it all while impressively managing to maintain a real cohesion throughout X.
  3. Sep 17, 2014
    80
    X certainly proves that Chris Brown’s talent will forever shine through over whatever troubles come his way.
  4. Nov 25, 2014
    74
    It is simply a good collection of good songs, put together by talented folks to showcase their obvious talents.
  5. Sep 15, 2014
    70
    Brown combines memorable hooks with some stellar production work on the rubbery disco-funk of "Add Me In" (courtesy of Danja) and the blithe, swaying "Time for Love" (a collaboration with Jean Baptiste and Free School). In these and a few other songs, romantic affection, expressed with seemingly genuine sweetness, takes precedence over sexual aggression and petulance.
  6. Sep 23, 2014
    67
    Running 21 tracks and 75 minutes in its deluxe edition, X sometimes threatens to be too much. But there’s enough appealing material to support that runtime.
  7. Sep 15, 2014
    60
    Personality aside, Chris Brown’s ability to succeed artistically at delivering sounds in all three sectors of urban Pop makes this release a great, yet disjointed listen.
  8. Sep 22, 2014
    50
    Chris Brown's sixth album is adventurous musically and a total mess lyrically.
  9. Sep 15, 2014
    50
    Aside from the standout club banger "Add Me In," which is steeped in arithmetic and trigonometry metaphors, and "101," which finds Brown doing "101 on the 101," the album's lyrics largely eschew mathematical objects in favor of soul-baring like "Autumn Leaves" and sex talk like "Songs on 12 Play," which likens a girl to a song from the titular R. Kelly album.
  10. Sep 16, 2014
    40
    X is one of his least ambitious releases.
  11. It's good for Brown that so many stars have rallied around him, despite his troubles. If only the new songs supported him as strongly.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 113 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 113
  2. Negative: 19 out of 113
  1. Sep 16, 2014
    10
    This is the best album ever, everybody would listen to the X album, sou brasileiro e nós todos aqui amamos o Chris Brown, músicas comoThis is the best album ever, everybody would listen to the X album, sou brasileiro e nós todos aqui amamos o Chris Brown, músicas como "Loyal", "Add me in", "Fine China" e "X" são perfeitas, tem que hitar, Chris, Brazil loves you Full Review »
  2. Sep 16, 2014
    10
    Sem dúvidas o melhor album de toda a carreira. Nunca vi tanto amadurecimento de uma só vez; tanto nas letras, como no beat, na voz,Sem dúvidas o melhor album de toda a carreira. Nunca vi tanto amadurecimento de uma só vez; tanto nas letras, como no beat, na voz, apresentação e conteúdo. O album está maravilhoso! Full Review »
  3. Sep 16, 2014
    10
    This is Chris' best album since Exclusive. It beats out F.A.M.E by quite a lot and simply destroys Fortune, which honestly was a little bit ofThis is Chris' best album since Exclusive. It beats out F.A.M.E by quite a lot and simply destroys Fortune, which honestly was a little bit of a disaster.. This album deserves to be heard and for once, can we please stop talking about him as a person but more so him as an artist? Full Review »