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The reviews are in for Chris Brown’s fifth studio album, “Fortune” — and many are, ironically, unfortunate.

Brown’s seven-year career has seen chart-topping highs — No. 1 singles, four best-selling albums, a Grammy win— but reputation-ruining personal lows, from a 2009 assault against then-girlfriend Rihanna to a recent Manhattan nightclub brawl with Young Money artist Drake.

So after his 2011 game-changer, “F.A.M.E.” — an acronym for "forgiving all my enemies” — can the ever-embattled Breezy exceed expectations with his new beats?

Celebuzz has compiled a list of reviews to see if his new 14-track album, released on June 29, lives up to its hype.

According to the L.A. Times, Brown’s record feels “fresh in July 2012” but “stamped with a ‘use by’ date. This is due mostly to Brown's reflex of curbing his creative impulses at nearly every turn, with a few killer exceptions, and showing a conservatism unbecoming such a self-styled renegade.”

The Washington Post agrees that Brown’s new release is filled with familiar, commercial tracks of electro-pop, dance and R&B. “'Fortune’ is no ‘F.A.M.E’ — it sounds like it, sure, but doesn’t move Brown to any new ground musically."

And unlike the reflective tunes of R&B lothario Usher, Brown's "album doesn't resolve, or even ask, any of the fascinating questions about what makes Brown tick," according to Entertainment Weekly. "'Fortune'...furthers the uncomfortable and frustrating disconnect between Brown's hotheaded personal life and his oddly edgeless musical persona."

Not only is Brown's creativity critiqued, but some commentators take aim at his lacking lyrics. The Huffington Post comments on the “juvenile” sound of Brown’s track “2012”: “It’s supposed to be sexy, but it comes across like something you’ll hear in a fitting room at Marshall’s.” Billboard adds that the track “Biggest Fan” is the “ickiest sex jam yet…the opening alone crossing the TMI line."

Luckily for Brown, some reviewers managed to find a few bright spots in his mix of club bangers and soul-bearing ballads.

The album’s “most adventurous sections…leap on the dubstep bandwagon,” according to the New York Daily News. “They move Brown one step from the giddy dance-pop style influenced by David Guetta on his last album, 2011’s 'Fame,' and one step closer to Skrillex’s disruptive approach to club music. It’s a style that, in the last year, has intrigued stars all the way from Korn to Justin Bieber.”

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  • gringa
    gringa

    even though the critics make good points, people now a days dont give a damn what crtics say and dont buy albums based on how great they are, they buy them based on who sings it, justin bieber has 0 originality and the lyrics are pathetic but girls buy millions because its justin bieber and they love him. The music industry is not the same as it used too, and it cant be criticed like it used to criticized like it used to

  • gamesmaster|games master
    gamesmaster|games master

    I have fun with, cause I discovered exactly what I was taking a look for. You have ended my four day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye

  • ATrue Realist
    ATrue Realist

    Let us be clear - the ratings on 'Fortune' have absolutely nothing to do with the quality of the album; it has to do with the critic's perception of Chris Brown. I have yet to read one review that did not mention the Feburary 2009 inccident involving Chris and Rihanna. Good music is good music. No one can move forward if we're still stuck in the past. I have bought 'Fortune' despite the bad reviews and have yet to skip a single track. There are an electic mix of sounds, beats, and voice range. The last word I would use to describe this album would be boring! Don't pay attention to what the critics say. Would you aks a vegetarian how steak tastes? Go buy Fortune Now; it's amazing!!!!

  • Allgood
    Allgood

    Dear critics thank you for your opinion but in case you hadn't heard we don't care what you think because we think for ourselves. We don't need your stamp of approval to make decisions we are intelligent enough to do that on our own but thanks anyway. Thank you Chris for another great album look forward to many more!

  • Abby
    Abby

    Chris Brown is absolutely in that category, his core audience is loyal and will buy regardless of what the critics have to say. At this point they even expect the critics to judge his personal life more so than his artistry and will simply bypass anything they have to say. Fortune is appealing to his core and lucky for him that group happens to be large enough to have a significant impact. This album will likely go #1 and will sell well possibly better and faster than his last.

  • ZWolf
    ZWolf

    Well, there's certainly no need to get so truculent about it, sis! The fact is, critics can make or break a career, and they have. But there are exceptions; many artists have proven to be so talented and so creative that they are effectively "critic-proof". Whether Chris Brown is in that category, I doubt, but time will tell. Meanwhile, blowing the critics off isn't going to make them go away.

  • Connie Terry
    Connie Terry

    LISTEN, NO BODY GIVES TWO SHITS ON WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING , THE CRITICS CAN GO BACK TO HELL, THANK GOD IM NOT LISTENING TO CRITICS , CHRIS BROWN WILL ALWAYS BE LOVED AND CRITICS CAN'T CHANGE THAT, CRITICS SHUT THE FUCK UP,