Usually when I listen to an album in its entirety, one or two songs outshine the rest of the album. Such is not the case with Virginia native Chris Brown's sophomore album, "Exclusive." Rather, all of these tracks are on the same page when speaking of which tracks are best. After the last song went off, all I could hear was all of the tracks combined. Nothing on this album shined; it was all average, typical rhythm and blues, and that's not good. There should have been a least one great song here. If I were forced to choose the best song, though, it would be the second released single, and the album's most successful song, "Kiss Kiss." Worth mentioning are the guest appearances by the rappers. Big Boi, Kanye West, Lil' Wayne and the Game are all featured here and they do a great job.
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"