First came F.A.M.E., now there’s Fortune, the highly-anticipated follow-up to Chris Brown‘s chart-topping fourth album, which just hit store shelves this week. It’s another collection of tracks from the R&B/pop prince showcasing his flare for the eclectic.
Similar to its 2011 predecessor, Fortune finds Breezy playing around with all kinds of genres, like dance/pop (“Turn Up The Music,” “Don’t Wake Me Up”), baby-making R&B (“2012,” “Biggest Fan,” “Sweet Love”), rap (“Bassline,” “Till I Die”), and even doo-wop (“Cadillac”).
We took a listen to Fortune and rummaged through the wealth of standout tracks to bring you the four songs that we think you need to know the most. Find out which songs made the cut in our ’4 tracks’ review.
Don’t Judge Me: Going tit-for-tat in a relationship isn’t the way to make it work. Sure, one party may have more tit than the other has tat, but if you’re going to move forward, you have to let the past be the past. That’s what Breezy croons about on “Don’t Judge Me.” The melancholy track finds Breezy admitting to his past transgressions, but pleading with his lady to take him as he is now and not who he was back then. “Please don’t judge me/And I won’t judge you/’Cause it could get ugly before it gets beautiful/Please don’t judge me/And I won’t judge you/And if you love me, then let it be beautiful.”
Mirage featuring Nas: Breezy delivers his most searing kiss-off tune since “Deuces” on the Nas-assisted “Mirage.” “What the f*ck I look like?” is shouted throughout the track, which finds Breezy telling an ex that she gets “no love now.” “Must be cuckoo/Got me f*cked up, f*cked up, wow/You know a n*gga aint gon’ hold ya, hold ya down.” It’s hard to catch who this shade is for. Is it Rihanna? Lines like “let me take this bullet, pull it out my head” and “can’t believe she pull it, pull it like a gun shot” make it easy to assume at least part of the song is a response to RiRi’s “Man Down,” but the shade gets wider and wider as the song goes on, so it could be about any one — or more than one — of his exes.
Sweet Love: “2012″ paints a vivid picture of seduction with its graphic lyrics. “Biggest Fan” is also worthy of being the soundtrack to your bed romp. But none of the bedroom jams on Fortune make you want to bump and grind as hard as “Sweet Love.” “Oh baby let’s get naked just so we can make sweet love/All these sensations got me going crazy for ya,” Breezy sings. The Polow Da Don-produced track takes the sensual art of baby-making R&B of acts like Silk and Jodeci into the 21st century, one “freak me, baby” at a time.
Don’t Wake Me Up: Breezy re-teams with his “Beautiful People” partner in dance-pop goodness, Benny Benassi, for this dancefloor-scorcher. He croons on about a love that now only exists in his dreams. Starting as a beautiful quasi-ballad, the track soon builds into a full-fledged euro-dance fist-pumper. As Breezy belts “don’t wake me up” on the chorus, Benassi keeps things interesting by layering auto-tune and stuttering effects over Breezy’s vocals.