Chuck Arnold
July 16, 2012 12:00 PM

Chris Brown

Fortune |

R&B-POP

Hot off of his first Grammy win in February-Best R&B Album props for F.A.M.E. that, as hard as he may be to like, were well-deserved-Chris Brown wastes little time returning with Fortune. Perhaps he should have waited longer: Following his career best, his fifth effort is disappointing. There’s nothing here to match the club euphoria of “Beautiful People” or the street swagger of “Look at Me Now.” Fortune drags with too many slow jams, even if there are some good ones (like “Sweet Love,” a spacey, Prince-style grinder). But I expect more from Grammy winners.

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