‘No Stars Ever': One Reviewer’s Scathing Take on Chris Brown’s Latest Album

These reviews aren't pulling any punches.

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Chris Brown is no stranger to a little media scandal. Bar fights, abuse charges, and alleged homophobic slurs are all among the first results of a quick Chris Brown Google search. Yet, he somehow continues to find his way back into the limelight. His latest bust-up with Drake even found many on his side.

Not so fast though, Breezy: what’s gone from the front pages is clearly not forgotten. Last month, Brown released his fifth studio album, Fortune, and at least some of the reviews let Chris Brown know that to many, his sins are far from absolved.

(MORE: What Outburst?: GMA Would ‘Love’ To Have Chris Brown Back on the Show)

Some reviews aren’t so bad. Billboard called the album “a victory lap” that focuses mostly on “partying and rough sex” — but the music publication ultimately seems to think fans will like it. The Guardian Observer invokes his 2009 assault on Rihanna but later gets to the music, noting the CD could be mistaken for a parody of The Lonely Island, so that might be a little worse.

But the most scathing review comes from Chloe Papas, a writer for X-Press Magazine. And express herself she did. At first, Papas bypasses the glaring issues with Brown’s personal life and itself lays into his music – and lays into it hard.

“Chris Brown has released his fifth studio album – a 19-track repugnant record we can only hope will be his last,” the review begins. Papas then focuses on a few songs that are either generic, ridiculous, or “a catastrophic misogynistic s–t of a song.”

(TIME’S REVIEW: Chris Brown’s Fortune: A Mix of Beats and Ballads, But No Regrets)

She goes on to say that the album should only appeal to those sans ears — and morals.

Let’s just get down to it. Regardless of whether Chris Brown has any musical talent (he doesn’t) or whether this album is any good (it isn’t), the man recently brutally assaulted a woman, and is still regularly invited back to award shows and worshipped by ‘Breezy’ fans worldwide. Which is, frankly, disgusting. And for those of you out there saying you need to separate the music and the man: [Don't] encourage his actions.

Final words: don’t buy this album.

The albums overall rating? NO STARS EVER.

If that doesn’t do it for you in terms of conciseness, look no further thanCityview’s Chad Taylor. The entire text of his review is as follows:

Chris Brown beats women. Enough said.

Ouch, that’ll leave a bruise.

19 comments
EffyD
EffyD

The fact is is that teenage girls see rhianna as a role model. Exposure of these issues are more widely seen in recent years and although other famous people have done similar things this is a more relative to the younger fan base of these two singers. Everyone should be given a second chance but I dont believe he went about repenting well, apologising to his fans or rhianna. His songs are no sign of apology just male/sexist lyrics which I feel in such a public eye are quite disgusting. It serves an awkward issue - girls want to be skinny because the people in mags/tv are skinnny. We dont want girls to lose the understanding of how they should be treated and blur the lines between right and wrong to the young fan base they appeal to.

You cannot really seperate music from their personal lives anymore as it is all thrown constantly in our faces, from what they are wearing each day to their affairs and diets. With or without talent if you are a role model you should make amends if you make such a bad mistake.

Merry14
Merry14

 I have no respect for this punk.  The fact that he did the things that

he did and seems to be "rewarded" with attention and endorsements and

awards and welcomed back into the limelight is pathetic.  He's as cocky

as ever and a total d-bag and should serve as an example of how NOT to

be to young people.  What's the message the music industry is sending

out here to its fans?  That it's ok to beat up on your girlfriend and

pretend to be sorry about it, that it's ok, we the industry forgive you

and your fans will as well.  There's no morality left in North American

society - generally speaking of course, and by apparently supporting

this punk, it's eroding  what decency is left.  the only message should be:  Chris Brown is NOT COOL... period.

Merry14
Merry14

I have no respect for this punk.  The fact that he did the things that he did and seems to be "rewarded" with attention and endorsements and awards and welcomed back into the limelight is pathetic.  He's as cocky as ever and a total d-bag and should serve as an example of how NOT to be to young people.  What's the message the music industry is sending out here to its fans?  That it's ok to beat up on your girlfriend and pretend to be sorry about it, that it's ok, we the industry forgive you and your fans will as well.  There's no morality left in North American society - generally speaking of course, and by apparently supporting this punk, it's eroding  what decency is left.  the only message should be:  Chris Brown is NOT COOL... period.  And this whole thing about separating musician's personal lives from their music is ridiculous and removes accountability for one's actions.

LiveurlifeThisyear
LiveurlifeThisyear

WHY should we go by reviews given by THE HATERZ!!!

BREEZY  IZ  one of US the ORIGINATORS!!!

THIS BXTCH belongs 2 the race of HATERZ N  IMITATORS!!!

EVEN on the ALMIGHTY G'S WORD U HATE!!!

HE had it written in STONE Thou Shalt Not Hate!!!

SEEMS like U been hatin on a 19 yr. old 'FOREVER'

SO don't show up at HEAVEN'S GATE___

U GET NO ENTRANCE EVER!!!!!!!

GOT FORTUNE??? TURN UP THE MUSIC AND DROWN OUT THE HATERZ!!!

Wildboistupid HightrapShit
Wildboistupid HightrapShit

i didnt like the fact that he beat up rihanna but i do like the fact that he was able to get back on his feet because if i was in chris position at the time i would be looking to suicide real talk or never stepping out the house again so the moral im trying to make here is i like they way how he came back from something that looked impossible to get back too.

devildog808
devildog808

Anywho, I'm loving my FORTUNE Deluxe Edition CD. My favorite tracks are:

4-Years-Old,

Party Hard,

Don't Judge Me,

Mirage,

DWMU,

TUTM,

Free Run,

Wait For You,

Tell Sombody amp;

Trumpet Lights.

Overall, I would give it 5 STARS. Great job young prince of Ramp;B. Obviously not everyone is capable of judging music that does not emanate from them. Hold your head kid for we see what's really going on here! God is always good never forget that! They are trying so hard with their typical "Southern Strategy" to stop your progress but God is greater than they will ever know!

devildog808
devildog808

As a TEENAGER Chris Brown had 1 fight Rihanna admitted to starting almost 4 yrs ago! When are you "PROGRESSIVES" going to say something about SERIAL WIFE BEATERS beloved by BIASED AMERICA: Michael Lohan , Jeff Golblum, Charlie Sheen, Sean Penn, Sean Connery, Nicholas Cage, Jack Nicholson, Richie Samboria, Robbie Williams, Marv Albert, Steven Seagal, James Talyor, David Hasselhoff, Paul McCartney, Christian Slater, Josh Brolin, Tom Sizemore, Andre Agissi, John McEnroe, Michale Douglas, Alec amp; Dan Baldwin, John Lennon, Frank Sinatra, Davy Jones etc. Funny you biased fools drone on about 1 TEEN and 1 fight that happend almost 4 year ago wyet you let ADULTS slide by. Again, I wonder what's really going on here?

devildog808
devildog808

Axel Rose (Guns n Roses) beat Stephanie Seymour, Nick Carter (BSB) beat Paris Hilton,  even Adam LaMbert beat his BOYFRIEND Sauli Koskinen in Helsinki yet I've heard no backlash said against his recent CD. I wonder what's really going on here?

devildog808
devildog808

Rocker Ozzy Osbourne beat wife Sharon, folk singer Jackson Browne beat amp; threw Darly Hanna out of a moving taxi in NYC, country star Alan Jackson beat his wife denise. On November 22, 2011, country star Rodney Atkins beat his wife Tammie in front of their 10 yr old son yet NO ONE mentions is DOMESTIC VIOLENCE at all. I wonder want really going on here?

devildog808
devildog808

I have never seen reviwers not rate MOTLEY CREW eventhough Tommy Lee had 22 seperate counts of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE again wife Pam Anderson. Vince Neil was arrested in February 2011 ON DOMESTIC VIOLLENCE charges against his girlfriend in Las Vagas. Nikki Six was also arrested several years back for the same crime. Funny, when They released their last CD I read nothing but praise and nohing but love amp; support abt the Kiss-Motley Crew joint tour. I wonder what's really going on here?

devildog808
devildog808

Funny, EMINME beat his wife Kim Mathers for years and made songs about killing her amp; his mother yet these so called "Progressives" rated him very high. I have yet to read a review referencing his many years of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE with his wife or many arrests he has for assulting ppl. I wonder what's really going on here?

JoyandPain
JoyandPain

Okay where was this voice when other celebrities domestically abused a man or woman, where was this voice when celebrities abused their own bodies with drugs, where was this voice when celebrities treated women we don't know like crap for sh*ts amp; giggles or for the sake of  their image, where was this voice when celebrities abused alcohol, was jailed for DUI's that could have potentially taken someone's life.  I can go on amp; on about the holier than thou lives of celebrities.  But do we really want to go there, saying we should include their personal life into a decision making on rather we should or should not buy their craft.  When people like you finally realized people who do things like that have a problem that need to be solved meaning it goes deeper than money; you would stop saying ignorant things like that.  My mother's ex-boyfriend did not have a dime to his name amp; he beat the sh*t out of her.  Taking away a celebrities fame amp; fortune will only force them to be a little more discreet with their problem.  I don't know about Chris Brown's beating on women problem...maybe it was a one-time thing; maybe it was the beginning of something more.  However, I do know that band aids doesn't heal anything it just covers what already is; and taking away from Chris Brown's record deals won't do anything for him or his potential next victim.  Just like talking about what Chris Brown did to Rihanna won't hide the problems Rihanna already had.  Just like the words of your article that seem to come from a place of hatred and not from a place that can really help those of us who have been abused.  Stop using this unfortunate incident as a way to get someone to post comments it is sickening!  It has been d*mn near 4 years and so many celebrities have done so many things but for some reason you amp; other writers are still stuck on this 2009 incident.  If Eminem can change so can Chris Brown.  And I hope he does unlike you who wants him to be in some hole of poverty, which will probably make him more prone to beat up on women because his life is not as good as it used to be.  If Chris Brown gets better amp; changes there will be one less woman who will have to go through what Rihanna went through.  So my voice is for him to get better, so I can enjoy the gift that God has given him.  Till this day I still pray for my mother's boyfriend and the person that abused me when I think of it.  This way of being did not come easy but someone replaced my ignorance with wisdom and so I am doing the same for you amp; others because I want true change.

dozie22
dozie22

I don´t care who Chris Brown is, neither do I care what the reviewers are saying. Just bought the Fortune album and am enjoying every bit of it. Enough said.

Hans
Hans

Not a Chris Brown fan, but it is important to separate musicians personal lives from their work. Bob Marley also had a problem with domestic abuse; Chuck Berry used to video tape himself urinating on women. 

Dill Weed
Dill Weed

This makes me want to go see Sarah Palin's movie... The Unbeaten? Something like that.

Dill Weed
Dill Weed

I'm going to download this album and delete it.

26atl
26atl

He never owned slaves, stole a country, he is a child of God like everybody else stop judging.

Beanybag
Beanybag

No talent and no respect. I can't say I disagree.