When I first heard ‘X’, based on my review of the album, it was clear I was impressed by the work he had put in. However not everyone felt that way.
The other day a range of reviews were released and it was not all good for Chris Brown. It seemed his album was rated average. Below are the critics comments posted by the Rap Up;
Los Angeles Times: Though it sags toward the end, the long-delayed X contains some of his sharpest work, including the propulsive “Time for Love” and “AddMe In,” a chewy soul-funk tune in which he accents his vocals with percussive gasps a la Michael Jackson. 2.5/4
The New York Times: X is one of his least ambitious releases. … ["Fine China," "Love More," and "Loyal"] are the standout songs in what’s primarily a sea of mediocrity.
New York Daily News: Thanks to producers like Diplo, the album features EDM-style club beats and motifs. But other than those on the prerelease smash single “Loyal,” the synth blasts here lack the savvy and appeal of the ones employed on the excellent Fortune. Many are watered down by soggy pop. 2/5
USA Today: Without losing sight of his core audience, Chris Brown makes some commendable, if measured, steps toward a more mature sound on his sixth album, X. 2.5/4
TIME: It’s hard to get a handle on X because so much of the album is spent trend-chasing. … The overall impression is that of an artist whose guiding light is commercial performance, rather than any sort of creative aspirations or overarching identity.
It seems that the Media are still not impressed with anything that Chris Brown has to give to the fans. The singer has been struggling with the media ever since his situation with Rihanna, which stunned the public a few years ago. Since then Chris Brown has apologised and has even gone to rehab etc, to attempt to sort out any issues he had, yet it seems some individuals will never see past this to actually see how talented he really is.