by Chris BrownChris Brown


Over two years in the making, a period that involved a multitude of revisions and delays, anger management therapy, drug rehabilitation, and a jail stay for parole violation, X surfaced as Chris Brown's sixth full-length studio release in September 2014. In a way, the album is a corrective. The influence of European dance-pop, which resulted in some of Brown's most forgettable material on Fortune, is all but eliminated in favor of contemporary R&B and pop productions that tend to suit the singer better. Brown does maintain his bad boy image. It's on typically full display in the chintzy "Loyal" -- its hook a misogynist pleonasm -- and the part-clever/part-nonsensical string of R. Kelly quotes that is the Trey Songz duet "Songs on 12 Play" ("And I'm feelin' on yo booty, drivin' me crazy, half on a baby"). On "Drown on It," the pied piper of R&B himself joins in, and he and Brown dole out an unsurprisingly cartoonish variety of metaphorical and/or explicit come-ons that include "Just like a male mermaid, baby." Brown combines memorable hooks with some stellar production work on the rubbery disco-funk of "Add Me In" (courtesy of Danja) and the blithe, swaying "Time for Love" (a collaboration with Jean Baptiste and Free School). In these and a few other songs, romantic affection, expressed with seemingly genuine sweetness, takes precedence over sexual aggression and petulance. More importantly, Brown's voice, still boyish, sounds most natural and full of life in these settings. Additional guest appearances come from Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Usher, Tyga, Akon, and Kendrick Lamar, but Brown's lone spot reserved for a woman is his best collaboration here. On the darker but no less striking "Do Better," he and Brandy continue a fruitful association that previously resulted in the Top Five R&B hit "Put It Down" and the phenomenal Two Eleven album cut "Slower." It's one of the more compelling R&B duets of its time, with their vulnerable confessions as sharp as their aspersions.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/2014
Label: Rca
UPC: 0888837400824
catalogNumber: 374008

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Brown   Primary Artist
Brent Paschke   Guitar

Technical Credits

Steve Arrington   Composer
Lauren Christy   Composer
Cathy Dennis   Composer
R. Kelly   Composer,Producer
Charles Carter   Composer
Jermaine Dupri   Composer
Donnie Lyle   Music Direction
Roger Parker   Composer
Brandy Norwood   Composer
Mark Pitts   Composer,Executive Producer
Brian Springer   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Brent Paschke   Composer
Usher Raymond   Composer
Shawn Carter   Composer
Abel Garibaldi   Engineer
Jean Baptiste   Composer,Producer
Ian Mereness   Engineer
Scott Hoffman   Composer
Courtney Walter   Art Direction
Darius Harrison   Composer
Babydaddy   Producer
Diplo   Producer
Chris Brown   Composer,Executive Producer
Bu Thiam   Management
Daniele Autore   Composer
Mark "Exit" Goodchild   Vocal Engineer
Danja   Producer
James Chambers   Composer
Anonymous   Producer
J. "Lonny" Bereal   Composer
Malissa "Mali" Hunter   Composer
Majors   Programming
Verse Simmonds   Composer
Free School   Producer
Michael Stevenson   Composer
Tremaine Neverson   Composer
Ryan Buendia   Composer
DJ Replay   Composer
Tyrone Griffin   Composer
Mark Kragen   Composer
Count Justice   Producer
Dwayne Carter   Composer
Nate Hills   Composer
William Roberts   Composer
Michael McHenry   Composer
Eric Bellinger   Composer
Kenneth Coby   Composer
Melvin Hough   Composer
Andrew Swanson   Composer,drum programming
Bobby Brackins   Composer
Thomas Wesley Pentz   Composer
Keith Thomas   Composer
Marcella Araica   Composer
Victoria McCants   Composer
Rivelino Raoul Wouter   Composer
Mel & Mus   Producer
Kendrick Lamar   Composer
Dewain Whitmore   Composer
Lucas Nathanson   Composer
Nicnac   Producer
Clarence Coffee   Composer
Razihel   Producer
Mario Bakovic   Producer
Dennis-Manuel Peters   Producer
Daniel Coriglie   Producer
Scott Effman   Composer
Tommy Brown   Producer
Darhyl Camper   Composer,Producer
Sevyn Streeter   Composer
Waung Hankerson   Composer
Nicholas Balding   Composer
Glass John   Composer,Producer
Leon Youngblood   Composer
Kyle Edwards   Composer
Steven Franks   Producer
Jonathan Solone-Myvett   Composer
Ambiance & Soundz   Producer
Natural   Engineer
Mike G   Management
Nieman Johnson   Composer
Nicolò Arquilla   Composer
Roccstar   Producer
Samuel "Sam Hook" Jean   Composer
Justin Booth Johnson   Composer
Brandon "B.A.M." Hodge   Producer

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