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X [Deluxe Edition] [PA]

X [Deluxe Edition] [Pa]


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 in September 2014 as Chris Brown's sixth full-length studio release. 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. [The deluxe edition adds four tracks, including the pre-album singles "Fine China" (one of Brown's best), "Love More" (featuring Nicki Minaj), and "Don't Think They Know" (pieced together from Digital Black's Aaliyah-enhanced song of the same title, previously unheard elements recorded for it, and Jon B.'s "They Don't Know"). The sticker on the cover of the compact disc version referred to these three singles, as well as "Loyal" and "New Flame," as "#1 hits." When the album was released, none of the five had topped Billboard's Hot 100, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, or Hot R&B Songs charts, or any of the publication's charts that track digital sales, airplay, and streaming.] ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi

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  • Label: RCA
  • UPC: 888837400923
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Track listings

  • 1. X
  • 2. Add Me In
  • 3. Loyal (Featuring Lil Wayne/Tyga)
  • 4. New Flame (Featuring Rick Ross/Usher)
  • 5. Songs On 12 Play (Featuring Trey Songz)
  • 6. 101 (Interlude)
  • 7. Drown In It (Featuring R. Kelly)
  • 8. Came To Do (Featuring Akon)
  • 9. Stereotype
  • 10. Time For Love
  • 11. Lady In A Glass Dress (Interlude)
  • 12. Autumn Leaves (Featuring Kendrick Lamar)
  • 13. Do Better
  • 14. See You Around
  • 15. Don't Be Gone Too Long
  • 16. Body Shots
  • 17. Drunk Texting (Featuring Jhen‚ Aiko)
  • 18. Lost In Ya Love
  • 19. Love More (Featuring Nicki Minaj)
  • 20. Don't Think They Know (Featuring Aaliyah)
  • 21. Fine China
 
HPB condition ratings
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  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
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  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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