Chris Brown - F.A.M.E. (Sony)

Chris Brown - F.A.M.E.
Chris Brown - F.A.M.E.

SURPRISINGLY, US R&B star Chris Brown’s career survived the 2006 domestic violence incident involving former girlfriend Rihanna.

Climbing aboard his genre’s David Guetta-led fascination with house music, Brown’s comeback track Yeah 3x was a monster.

Its follow up, Beautiful People with Italian DJ Benny Benassi is another thumping four-on-the-floor anthem.

But Brown’s latest CD F.A.M.E. isn’t all sweaty 130bpm numbers — in fact, they’re the exception.

Opener Deuces is a down-tempo R&B ballad designed to remind us of Brown’s silky vocal ability while No Bullshit is a enjoyable 1990’s-style pop gem.

Speed-rap effort Look At Me Now with Lil Wayne and Busta is among the CD’s coolest work while the She Ain’t You samples Jacko’s Human Nature.

And the duet with J. Bieber Next 2 You is a guaranteed hit.

RATING: ★★★½

IN SHORT: Breezy