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Graffiti (Chris Brown album)

The 3rd album from American R&B artist Chris Brown.

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Album is worth hearing

  • Dec 24, 2009
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I was hoping not to like this album but unfortunately I do even though I feel he made the wrong decision when trying to go the Rihanna route about addressing the issues between them two. One thing he did not do that she did was to make a "tell all" album! I personally feel he's all over the place with this album. Brown stated that he has written about 80% of the songs on "Graffiti", so these are mostly his words and not those of other producers and songwriters which is all good. In his own defense, he stated that he wants to move past this and go on with his life. Maybe this is his way of doing it, but most of Brown's songs say otherwise. He's expressively harsh, conflicting and cynical and shows no signs of apologetic ex lover at times again that's just my opinion. I will admit that "Graffiti" has some songs that from a musical standpoint I like:

1.I Can Transform Ya (ft Lil Wayne & Swizz Beatz)
I won't lie the beat is contagious and makes you move. The drums are constant for the duration of the song, and don't slow down during the chorus. This is one of the better songs on the album as it has no relation to half concocted apologies or a hidden underlining of shade.

2.Pass Out (ft Eva Simons)
This song gives a bit of "Disturbia" and "Forever" smashed into one song. It's an up tempo dance track that warrants the body to the dance floor. "Pass Out's" Pop/Dance feel will be a major hit Europe and clubs alike worldwide which I fine to be appleaing.

3.Fallin' Down
On "Fallin' Down", Brown sings about him trying to maintain the real CB, his pride, and ego while living in this cruel world. He sings "....I've given up everything in exchange for being alone. I'm Shaking these demons underneath all the pride... Can you imagine the weight of the world, placed on your shoulders? Trapped in this world, no one can reach you, so no one can help you!" This song has the best lyrical content and delivery to me on the whole album.

4. Movie
This track is a part of the deluxe edition bonus disc of "Graffiti"; this song sampled the piano from Janet Jackson's song "Again". The Jevon Hill produced track gives the perfect scene; the actors, the wardrobe, the script, and everything in between as Brown gives intimate details of a hot erotic night with a suspecting lover. The slow tempo song has the right mixture of current production beats but keeps it very classic, old school R&B. If you listen closely, you can hear Brown pay homage to New Edition's song "Can You Stand The Rain", sweet ;-).

5. Chase Our Love
This is another deluxe edition bonus disc track. Produced and written by Chris Brown, along with Jean Baptiste, Michael McHenry, Nick Marsh & Ryan Buendia, this song is a very fun mid-tempo dance track. It nestled in futuristic beats, heavy snares, and synthesizers. It's it giving me a summer track vibe.

Beside those mention above I also like "What I do" and "Girlfriend" because both songs are pretty uplifting, upbeat, and fun to listen into. Aside from that most of the songs on his album, besides the ones listed, are filled with apologetic clichés lyrics. Unfortunately, Chris Brown's album isn't as cohesive as my play list of favorite songs. The damaging incident between Rihanna and himself will out rule the work he put into this album. I do believe it was a great attempt by Brown to put his emotions and feelings into music. His vocal growth is showcased most in the longing ballad "I'll Go," where Brown sings about ending up heartbroken in a relationship, but not regretting a thing. "If you don't come back, this love was worth it/That's the one thing I know/If you don't make it back/Girl, remember that I said I'll go for you." It's a moment of "genuine" emotion that even the coldest critic might feel.

It's hard not to associate many of the songs on Graffiti with Brown's personal life, but for those who judge it based solely on the music, it's harder to deny that Brown is a multi-dimensional star who's fallen, but has the talent to rise again -- if afforded the opportunity.
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Graffiti is the third studio album by American R&B/pop singer and songwriter, Chris Brown. It was released internationally on December 7, 2009, and in the US on December 8, 2009.

Brown worked with Polow Da Don, Swizz Beatz, The Messengers and The Runners amongst others to produce the follow-up to Exclusive. It has so far spawned one successful single. The lead single "I Can Transform Ya", which was released on September 29, 2009. The second single from the album, "Crawl" was released in November 2009.
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