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Exclusive-the Forever Edition Import
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Chris Brown has made a name for himself in Australia, achieving Gold sales with his debut album, with the #1 single 'Run It' and Top 10 hit 'Yo (Excuse Me Miss)'. His current album 'Exclusive' has achieved Platinum sales, been in the Top 10 for 6 weeks, remained in the Top 50 charts since November release and features the Top 5 Platinum single 'With You' and Top 10 Platinum single 'Kiss Kiss'. It is now time to introduce 'Exclusive: The Forever Edition' which features three new, previously unreleased tracks and one unreleased remix, plus a DVD! "Forever' the lead single from the upcoming 'Forever Edition' is a slight departure from Chris Brown's usual musical forte. Produced by super-producer Polow Da Don, 'Forever' is a rhythmic up-tempo song with a funky pop edge. Additional bonus tracks include: 'Heart Ain't A Brain', 'Super Human' with Keri Hilson and the 'Picture Perfect Remix' featuring Bow Wow & Hurricane Chris. Completing the 'Forever Edition' package is a DVD with a special montage of performances from his recent US Up Close & Personal sold-out tour and never before seen behind the scenes footage.
It's not because of the irresistible banger that is "Kiss Kiss," and it's not because he's rounded up a guest roster that reaches across the hip-hop universe and pulls T-Pain, Big Boi, and Kanye into orbit: Exclusive solidifies Chris Brown's rise in modern R&B circles because it's a tight, stylish album that reeks of major-career potential. Yes, he's straddling the grown and sexy thing even though he's not yet out of his teens (see "With You," "You," and "I Wanna Be"), and yes, he's pulled in a lot of different directions by a lot of top-tier producers, Scott Storch, the Underdogs, and Will.i.am among them. But the thing that'll grab longtime R&B listeners about Exclusive is the way it hangs together--Brown can belt or go breezy with the best of them, and he doesn't strain for credulity even when faced with lyrics more suited to R. Kelly's wised-up vocal caliber (see "Take You Down"). Last go-round, on his debut, Brown was a hotshot. This time he's just hot. --Tammy La Gorce --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
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After hearing the first new single from the new album, "Wall To Wall" (From Sean Garrett) I had my doubts. The song was big and bouncy but it lacked good hook and the production left alot to be desired. It felt like it needed a more powerful production instead of holding back and each time I watched the video I just looked at the choreopgraphy and completely ignored the music. The song only reached a modest 79# place on the charts so I guess I wasn't the only one who didn't like it. Second single was "Kiss Kiss" produced by T-Pain and while I didn't like it at first it grew on me and slowly the song found it's way to the top of the charts, becoming Brown second chart topper. The song which also feature "hot for the moment" T-Pain is very simple radio-pop song with a repetitive hook that find it's way into your brain but as fun as it is righ now you are gonna wish you never heard it in a few months.
But after listening through this album it gets pretty clear that it got something for everyone, combining the best styles of 2007. The best song for me is the opener "Throwed" from the versatile Bryan Michael Cox. A fast singing Brown in an irressistable uptempo with really nice hook. The lyrics here are more daring then before, but he's afterall 18. Next up is a classic slowjam "Take You Down" from the Underdogs featuring some nice guitar licks. Sound alot like the early 90's but it's really good aswell. It couldn't get better when the Norwegians Stargate's song "With You" arrives. They produced most of Ne-Yo's songs, Beyonce's "Irreplacable" and Rihanna's new song "Hate That I Lobe You". This song follows the same as a rock-pop ballad and it's equally good. "Picture Perfect" was produced by Will.i.am from Black Eyes Peas and it does show. It sounds alot like some songs from his recent album with plenty of synthesizers and exotic drums, it's also about girls. Will guest raps, but this song in particular isn't that good. Big Boi also raps on Dre & Vidal's "Hold Up". It sounds alot like R. Kelly but ironically it's better then most things from his last album. "You" a romantic midtempo was produced by The Dream who's very in-demand right now with his hits "Umbrella" and "Bed". Just like on them they will be repeating the hook plenty of times "bed, bed bed" or here "you, you, you". Great song. A ballad called "Damage" from the Runners is passable but not too memorable.
The Underdogs comes back with an uptempo called "Help Me", while they're mostly famous for ballads this one is a hit warning and sounds alot like the music from Brown's debut album. Tank/Underdogs produces the next song, another ballad "I Wanna Be", it's ok. Jazze Pha who's mostly a Hip Hop producer introduces the next song "Gimme Whatcha Got" in normal manner "Ladies and Gentleman..." then we have a short rap from Lil Wayne (who else?), the song is a midtempo simular to music from his last album. Swizz Beatz is next on "I'll Call Ya", the amazing thing with this song is that it isn't a bouncy uptempo with special effects but a slowtempo/ballad. One of the highlights is Underdogs midtempo "Lottery", it's the perfect hit-single with a killer hook and a somewhat Timbaland sound. A trademark Scott Stoch production called "Nice" made for the clubs feature The Game. Not bad at all. Kanye West is the last producer to appear with "Down". It used some really nice guitar riffs throughout the song and is more rock-pop then soul. The song is alright but if Mr West would rap less it would be for the better. This song closes the album with 16 songs.
Overall, "Exclusive" isn't just better then then Brown's debut album it's one of the best R&B/Pop albums of 2007 and it's fullpacked with great and diverse songs made for everyone. It feature the songs from most in-demand superproducers in R&b/Pop that set the tone for music in 2007. We got the radio-pop song with T-Pain, bouncy club songs from Storch, contemporary R&B from Cox & the Underdogs, crazy 80's retro from Will.i.am, slowjamz from The-Dream, Rock-Pop from Stargate and a collaboration with in-demand rapper/producer Kanye West. What else can you ask for?. "Exlusive" may not follow a scheme and is very diverse but for once it feels just great to have so many diffrent songs for diffrent occasions. When this year comes to and end, I'll just lay back and listen to this album and remember how music sounded in 2007. Check it out!.
Chris Brown isn't an original artist. Much of the production sounded like beats I have heard before. Examples, you say? Well, "With You" (along with Rihanna's track, "Good Girl Gone Bad") sound like Beyonce's smash, "Irreplaceable." That song was so successful, and played millions of times, so why producers choose to continue to ape its production is very much beyond me. Further, "Take You Down" and "You" both sound like they were produced by Prince. "You" also reminds you of Elton John's hit, "Benny and the Jets." The lyrics on this album, well, let's just say they conform to the audience they were meant for, teenagers. They weren't impressive at all. Lines such as "You're like 28s on a Hummer, you're the number one stunner", "Look at the damage I've caused you, I know I broke your heart" and "Put me on your screensaver, all over your Myspace" further my point.
His talent as a singer is pretty good, but he does not have the best voice control. He needs to learn his vocal limit. When he does that, he'll be a better vocalist. He has good harmony and is blessed with a nice voice, but he did come into the industry of music very young, so it's only fair to allow him some time to capitalize his talent. His dancing is very impressive, and he's very handsome.
I recommend this album to teenagers and younger. They will definitely get more from this album than young adults and the older crowd. 3 stars, nothing more, nothing less.
Mikeisha's Top 5
1. "Kiss Kiss"
2. "Take You Down"
5. "Wall to Wall"
Kiss Kiss feat T-Pain (getting massive airplay)
Take You Down (another fav)
Picture Perfect feat. will.i.am
Damage (one of many songs i love on the cd)
Gimme Whatcha Got feat. Lil Wayne (feeling this one as well)
He's coming along steadly as a writer and performer. He's already got the dancing down pat and is working on other areas at bettering himself. "Exclusive" is just a step forward for one of music's up and coming artists. This one is going to be a smash and i see at least 4 or 5 singles coming from this album after "Kiss, Kiss".
It's diverse and uses many different styles to incorporate a sound that while similar to some is still very unique to Chris Brown..i love listening to music and especially when its as good as "Exclusive". It's all the more worthwhile.
Here are some songs worthy of your attention:
"Kiss Kiss" feat T-Pain
"Take You Down"
"Hold Up" feat. Big Boi
"Gimme Whatcha Got" feat Lil Wayne
"I Wanna Be"
Honorable mention songs:
"Wall to Wall"
"I'll Call Ya"
"Nice" feat Game
"Picture Perfect" feat will.i.am
Yes it is all that and then some...worthy of your attention and purchase as well.
Enjoy 2007 just got a little more exciting!!