Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Chris Brown rescues career with F.A.M.E.

F.A.M.E. may have been the lifesaver that Chris Brown's music career desperately needed.

It's been more than two years since the career of the 21-year-old singer took a nosedive following the assault on his ex-girlfriend Rihanna. His last studio album, Graffiti, was a flop and failed to reach the platinum status of his two prior releases.

It seemed like Brown's music career was teetering and there wasn't much he could do to restore his shattered fan base.

But the young singer refused to throw in the towel. He gave his fans three mixtapes last year and delivered an emotional Michael Jackson tribute at the BET Awards.

Mixtape tracks, "Deuces" and ""No B******t," became huge hits for Brown. They even made their way on the F.A.M.E. album, and rightfully so. They are just two of many gems on what I consider to be a stellar comeback album.

"She Ain't You," which samples Michael Jackson's "Human Nature," and "Look At Me Now" (feat. Lil' Wayne and Busta Rhymes) are among other standouts on the 13-track album, released today.

Brown also makes a valiant effort to satisfy his pop-club-dance audiences with "Yeah 3X," "Oh My Love" and the electro house-inspired "Beautiful People." You can't possibly sit still while listening to any of those songs.

In an unlikely pairing, C-Breezy teams up with pop sensation Justin Bieber on "Next 2 You." While the song is worth listening to, the only problem with the Breezy and Bieber collabo is that they sound too much alike. Don't walk out the room and come back during this song. You might not know who is singing.

Although Brown has made a name for himself with his party-friendly songs, he still has what it takes to be a crooner. He slowed down the tempo on "Up 2 You" and "Should've Kissed You."

There's definitely something for everyone on F.A.M.E., and that's a good thing because it's probably just what he needed to save his spiraling career.

Welcome back, Breezy.

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