One music critic’s startlingly succinct review of Chris Brown’s new album Fortune has become a viral sensation, while raising more than a few eyebrows. Chad Taylor, a reviewer for Cityreview, wrote about the controversial singer’s latest work: “Chris Brown hits women. Enough said.”
That’s it. That’s the review. Whether you are a fan of Chris Brown or not, few would deny his infamous physical assault on his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Rihanna, has largely overshadowed his career ever since. This week Brown has also had to combat accusations of homophobia after he allegedly said “no homo,” when asked about singer Frank Ocean’s recent admission about his sexuality.
Despite brisk sales, Chris Brown’s Fortune has been largely lambasted by music critics.
“Chris Brown has released his fifth studio album — a 19-track repugnant record that we can only hope will be his last,” wrote Chloe Papas for X Press Magazine. Papas’ review has achieved almost legendary status in music circles. She not only eviscerates the music content of Fortune, but calls out what she considers Brown’s irrationally sycophantic fan base.
She writes: “Regardless of whether Chris Brown has any musical talent (he doesn’t) or whether this album is any good (it isn’t), the man recently brutally assaulted a woman, and is still regularly invited back to award shows and worshipped by ‘Breezy’ fans worldwide. Which is, frankly, disgusting… Final words: don’t buy this album.”