written by: Carla Bynum
The album starts with the title track “X” about moving on from a toxic relationship. There’s no chance of him going back to his ex nor is he tripping off her anymore.
Brown uses mathematics as a metaphor to express how he feels about his girl on “Add Me In.”
“New Flame” is the album’s fifth single and features fellow R&B singer Usher and Maybach Music rapper Rick Ross. The song is about finding love in the club and sparking a new flame.
Whenever Trey Songz is on a song you can expect it to get a little nasty. That is no different on the track “Songs on 12 Play.” They use R. Kelly song titles to convey how they want their lover to be a victim to love and lovemaking. They want to keep things on the “Down Low” as they “Bump & Grind” and admire her body and how much it reminds them of something…a Jeep perhaps.
Brown is stuck in traffic on “101 (Interlude)” and he’s trying to get to his baby. He’s speeding on the 101 to get her.
Following the tribute to R. Kelly’s 12 Play album, the R&B veteran joins Brown on the song “Drown In It,” a song about performing oral sex on a woman.
On the song “Came to Do” featuring Akon, Brown is a little twisted and he’s trying to make his way to his girl so he can get her a little tipsy because she knows exactly what he came to do.
I’m not sure who Brown is talking about on the next track, but he thought his girl was different only to find out she wasn’t. She turned out to be his biggest regret. She was more like a “Stereotype.”
Brown realizes it may be his last chance at love with his girl so he wants to leave things up to her on the song “Time for Love.” “It’s your world, I wanna live in it,” he sings.
We get a chance to see how confident Brown is on the “Lady In A Glass Dress (Interlude).” He can see right through this girl and knows she wants him because he can make her dreams come true.
Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar contributes his usual clever wordplay and delivery on the song “Autumn Leaves” about how Brown fears his girl will leave him and he doesn’t know he’s spend forever with if she does.
Brown notices his girl has fallen out of love on the song “Do Better.” He doesn’t want to lose her and he’s starting to hate himself thinking of the ways he could’ve done better by her. Brandy joins him for the track.
“See You Around” seems like a continuation to the previous track. He realizes he should have loved his girl more but it’s too late because she’s moved on to someone else.
The album’s sixth single “Don’t Be Gone Too Long” is a duet between him and pop princess Ariana Grande. The wonder who’s going to love them when their lovers are gone. The video for this song was released on September 15th.
CB notices that some guy isn’t doing his girl right on the song “Body Shots” and he’s convinced that he can treat her better…starting with some body shots. After all, why not turn up if you can?
Pint sized singer Jhené Aiko joins Brown on perhaps the most relatable song on the album, “Drunk Texting.” How many of us have been here before? You’re out having a few drinks but there’s only that one person on your mind the entire time.
The deluxe version of the album may feature a few songs that most are already familiar with but first Brown takes it slow with the song “Lost In Ya Love.” He expresses his appreciation for his lover and admits that he’s lost in her love and her words.
“Love More” was the third single from the album and features rapper Nicki Minaj. The song is about a love-hate relationship. Until they can get things right, he just wants to f*** some more.
The album’s first single “Fine China” is about how delicate and beautiful women are. Brown wanted to get back to the days of Sam Cooke and that’s what inspired the old school feel of this track.
“Don’t Think They Know” features the late singer Aaliyah and was released as the album’s second single. “Don’t Think They Know” was originally recorded as a duet between Aaliyah and Digital Black in 2001. The song was released in 2005 on Digital Black’s album Memoirs of a R&B Thug. The song is about how people try to speculate about people’s relationships when they don’t really know what’s going on.
Brown seems to get a little more personal on this album and it shows his growth as an artist. He especially excels on emotional tracks in my opinion and we see a more vulnerable side of the singer on X.
Recommended Tracks: “X,” “Songs on 12 Play,” “Autumn Leaves,” “Do Better,” “Drunk Texting,” “Lost in Ya Love”