I am far from a Chris Brown fan. Personally, I never liked his voice, so it was hard for me to ever get into his music because I felt like he is always straining to hit high notes. I always like reviewing songs from artist that I like and dislike because it means that the blog won’t favor certain artist over other; just favor good music.
‘Deuces’ is the first single that Chris Brown has released since his third album disaster ‘Graffiti’. Kevin McCall, who is also featured in the song, produced the breakup song. I don’t really know too much about McCall except that he produced most of Chris Brown and Tyga’s mixtape, ‘Fan of a Fan’. The synth lead beat has a tribal feel with the chanting women, setting a mood for the grim subject of the song. As a fairly unknown producer and rapper this song may very well set his career off with its clever production.
Tyga has been gaining a lot of hype lately, which is good since his first album did not do too well. He already has a promising career ahead of him, considering that fact he is only 20 years old and part of raps biggest label right now. Being on a track that is not only selling well digitally, but also blowing up on the radio is a step in the right direction. Tyga is also proving that his rapping gets better with each track. He must be taking notes from Lil’ Wayne and Drake, because his rhymes are becoming more creative in every track that he does. With his debut album expected before the end of the year ‘Deuces’ will be a nice stepping-stone to launch his promotion.
The major flaw of ‘Deuces’ is the uncanny similarity that the beat has with Rihanna’s ‘Te Amo’. The synth lines are basically identical, but I have a feeling that this was done for a reason. Considering that the song is a break up song and that Brown and Rihanna’s relationship unraveled before the nations eyes, it would be far fetched to assume that this was done on purpose. Surprisingly Chris owns the song vocally, using his range properly. His background vocals during the rap verses are so haunting that it makes the song more emotional and mournful, making it a raw, believable performance. Even when he sings in his higher octave during the songs last chorus, it sounds natural making the song a good easy listen. I always felt that Chris was trying to prove himself in his older songs, so it is nice to see that he does not need to prove his vocal skills anymore.
There is no denying that Chris can write a good song (look at ‘Disturbia’ or ‘With You’), and this is where his true talent has always lied. He was able to make ‘Deuces’ a true breakup song by blending both a catchy hook with an emotional subject, without compromising either. The song seems to be sitting well with audiences and seems to be Chris’s true comeback since his domestic violence incident. It has already reached number 2 on the Hip-Hop/R&B chart and 29 on the Hot 100. Being out for barley two month I’m sure ‘Deuces’ will only gain momentum each week and could possibly be Brown’s first top ten since 2008. If Chris’s fourth album, which is scheduled to drop in early 2011, sounds anything like ‘Deuces’ he may be able to not only win the ears of his listeners back, but also expand his career and creativity pushing himself further in the right direction.
*Just so you can hear the similarities I will put up ‘Te Amo’ as well*