Review: Chris Brown - F.A.M.E. (Deluxe Edition) (2011)
Chris Brown's fourth studio album, F.A.M.E., is a backronym for Forgiving All My Enemies. It was released on March 18, 2011, by Jive Records, and it marks his last album with the label. The album features guest appearances from Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes, Justin Bieber, Ludacris, and more. The album also showcases Brown's versatility as a singer, rapper, and dancer.
The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 270,000 copies in its first week. It also received three Grammy nominations, including Best R&B Album, and won Best R&B Album at the 54th Grammy Awards. The album spawned six singles, including the hit songs \"Yeah 3x\", \"Look at Me Now\", \"Deuces\", and \"Beautiful People\".
The deluxe edition of the album contains four additional tracks, including the remix of \"Deuces\" featuring Drake, Kanye West, T.I., Fabolous, Rick Ross, and AndrÃ 3000. The deluxe edition also includes a DVD with behind-the-scenes footage and music videos.
F.A.M.E. is a solid album that showcases Brown's talent and growth as an artist. It is a mix of pop, R&B, hip hop, and dance music that appeals to a wide range of listeners. The album is also a testament to Brown's resilience and redemption after his personal and professional struggles.Some of the highlights of the album include \"Deuces\", a breakup anthem featuring Tyga and Kevin McCall, that topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for nine weeks. \"Look at Me Now\" is a fast-paced rap song featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes, that showcases Brown's rapping skills and Busta Rhymes' rapid-fire delivery. \"She Ain't You\" is a tribute to Michael Jackson, sampling his 1983 hit \"Human Nature\". \"Next to You\" is a pop ballad featuring Justin Bieber, that expresses the love and devotion of two young lovers. \"Beautiful People\" is a dance-pop song featuring Benny Benassi, that celebrates self-empowerment and inner beauty.
The album also has some low points, such as \"Wet the Bed\", a raunchy R&B song featuring Ludacris, that relies on explicit metaphors and sound effects. \"Bomb\" is a generic club song featuring Wiz Khalifa, that lacks originality and substance. \"Love the Girls\" is a misogynistic song featuring Eva Simons, that objectifies women and reduces them to sexual conquests. \"Paper, Scissors, Rock\" is a confusing song featuring Big Sean and Timbaland, that mixes metaphors and genres without coherence.
Overall, F.A.M.E. is an ambitious album that tries to cover a lot of ground, but sometimes falls short of its potential. The album showcases Brown's versatility and talent, but also his inconsistency and immaturity. The album is a reflection of Brown's personal and professional journey, from fame to infamy and back to fame again.The album was a commercial success, debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 270,000 copies. It was Brown's first number-one album in the United States and his fourth consecutive top ten album following Graffiti. The album also topped the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and the US Top Rap Albums chart. The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for shipments of 500,000 copies in the US. As of October 2013, the album has sold over 872,000 copies in the US.
The album also performed well internationally, reaching the top ten in several countries, such as Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. The album was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), for shipments of 70,000 copies in Australia. The album was also certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), for shipments of 100,000 copies in the UK. As of March 2012, the album has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide.
The album received positive reviews from most music critics, who praised its production and diversity, but criticized its lyrical content and Brown's vocals. The album received an average score of 58 out of 100 on Metacritic, based on 15 reviews. AllMusic's Andy Kellman gave the album four out of five stars, calling it \"a pop-oriented R&B album with a significant rap presence\" and \"a mixed bag that is more hit than miss\". Entertainment Weekly's Brad Wete gave the album a B grade, writing that \"Brown proves himself to be a versatile entertainer\" and \"a gifted singer who can handle any style\". Rolling Stone's Jody Rosen gave the album three out of five stars, stating that \"Brown is a sharp singer and a slick dancer\" and \"a pop craftsman with a unique sense of style\". However, Rosen also noted that \"Brown's music is often at odds with his public persona\" and \"his attempts at soul-baring are unconvincing\". 248dff8e21