Chris Brown releases 45-song album
Chris Brown sure has some nerve, releasing a 45-song album when audience attention spans are notoriously short.
Most artistes agonise over trimming their set into a carefully curated bundle that precisely captures the latest evolution of their sound.
But, alas, Brown doesn't seem concerned about those things. And, to be fair, his sound has always been the sum of varying genres, each one sending him to the top of one chart or another.
That said, with Heartbreak on a Full Moon, Brown performs like a one-man streaming service, and he's got hits on every channel.
For the pop fans, there's You Like, with Brown sending radio friendly messages over an up-tempo, electronic beat. Add to that, the similarly groove-inducing If You're Down, Bite My Tongue, Frustrated and This Way.
R & B bangers Pull Up, and Covered In You also play their part, while rap fans will appreciate Party featuring Usher and Gucci Mane.
Brown weaves between rapping and singing, holding his own alongside Young Thug and Future on the down-tempo High End. And he goes heavier with his rap skills on Sensei and Pills & Automobiles.
Brown's brashness melts away on songs like Grass Ain't Greener, and his version of vulnerability is believable on the enchanting title track, the achy Paradise, the Donell Jones-inspired Hope You Do and the regret-laden Enemy.