“X” to Give Chris Brown Better, Positive Press
Written by Tishanna Craddock, Junior Writer
When you’re in the music industry, you go through scrutiny when you have made bad decisions. Pop/R&B singer Chris Brown has been through it all these past five years singing career since 2004. He was convicted of domestic abuse after the incident involving Rihanna after the Grammy Awards in 2009. For these past five years, Brown has been portrayed as a violent, angry person who needs to mature. However, Brown’s new album X showcases his talent for singing and most importantly, his growth as an artist and maturity as a person.
His new album X has finally dropped and stopped the fans from anxiously waiting. This album which holds twenty-one tracks -- seventeen on the standard edition and four extra tracks on the deluxe edition. During the past two years, (2012-2014) Brown has recorded 50 songs that he revealed in an Instagram video previously. In this album, you will expect collaborations from the likes of Lil Wayne, Tyga, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, R. Kelly, Jhene Aiko, Akon, Brandy and Kendrick Lamar. Despite of the long list of producers he collaborated with (24) and the lengthy track list, X is one of the best albums of 2014. The best part about this album is that Chris Brown has a very diverse sound ranging from EDM, electro-pop, and R&B.
One song that stands out is the first song titled “X”. Brown croons, “You’re only as good as the company you keep” in a smooth tone and then sings declaring “I swear to God I’m moving on”. After the hook, an EDM and bass heavy beat drops, which makes the song transforming to different sounds.
Two other songs that is one of the best ones on this album is “Drunk Texting” featuring Jhene Aiko and “Autumn Leaves” featuring Kendrick Lamar. In Drunk Texting, Brown and Aiko harmonizes wonderfully over a slow but fast tempo beat. One of the lyrics that stand out the most is the beginning of the first verse “Said I’m all up in my feelings, Doubled up on this shot, Got me feeling some type of way told you I hate you I don’t mean it”. Brown and Aiko has consumed a large amount of alcohol, which gives them the courage to tell how much hatred they have for one another but they will regret it after the text is sent.
On the Autumn Leaves track, Chris Brown’s vocals and Kendrick Lamar’s verse displays perfection over a calm and smooth beat. In the first verse, Brown says, “If you leave this time I fear that you’ll be gone for good, So I hold on like leaves and fall to what is left”. If his girlfriend leaves, Brown will realize that she will be gone for good so he holds on to what they had until he sees that it is gone when she leaves him. Both of these songs holds a strong message with mind-blowing vocals and verses to top off both of these songs.
Another great thing about this album is that Chris Brown showcases his ability to sing-- not that he can’t but on his last album Fortune there was a lot of auto tune used. It is obvious that without the use of auto tune he can sing which is different from other artists.
X debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in September, with Barbara Streisand coming in at No.1. X is now Brown’s fifth number one Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and sixth album making it to the Top 10 on the Billboard charts. It also enters with one-hundred forty-five thousand copies sold according to Nielsen Soundscan (billboard.com).
X has received generally positive reviews from critics even though there was comments about the amount of tracks on the album and the long list of producers and artists he collaborated with. This album shows how much Chris Brown has grown as a person, just like he said it would. Even with the sexually-explicit content lyrics in a few of his songs, this has to be one of his best albums yet. In previous interviews, Brown has stated that this will be his last studio album. If that’s the case, he has certainly left without disappointing his fans with this album!