[New Release] CHRIS BROWN
Label: RCA Records
Genre: R&B/ Soul
Chris Brown knows his strengths and on his seventh studio album, “Royalty,’’ the singer plays to them with solid success. It’s a feat worth applauding, considering how disparate the multi-dimensional singer’s specialties seem to be.
There’s the electro-dance stuff: the contagiously upbeat “Fine By Me’’; the mid-tempo and cool “Zero’’; and the Tayla Parx-assisted “Anyway,’’ with its arena-filling waves of synth sounds. There’s also the electronic-influenced “A Little More (Wake Me Up).’’
It’s good, radio-friendly pop music that seems as natural to Brown as traditional R&B fare, which he delivers with expertise on the old school-leaning “Make Love’’; the sweet but slightly explicit “Back to Sleep’’; and the steamy, Keith Sweat-inspired “Who’s Gonna (Nobody).’’
All in all, “Royalty’’ is a worthwhile collection, proving that in a world where “stay in your lane’’ is common wisdom, it doesn’t exactly apply to people like Brown, who have a few lanes to choose from. AP