With R&B and hip-hop recording artists abandoning album releases in favor of digital streaming hits and playlists, it is certainly refreshing to see Chris Brown, who can be considered a seasoned performer in 2019, sticking to the album formula. Indigo even features a cool album cover with psychedelic graphics that evoke concept albums of the disco and funk era. The CD version comes in two discs to accommodate the 32 tracks; if it is eventually released on vinyl, record collectors will certainly love the cover art.
As for the music, there is a lot of it, but not as much as Heartbreak on a Full Moon. The vocals are tighter than the beats, many of which Brown has recycled from previous tracks. You get nice tracks such as “Back to Love,” which is a straight urban contemporary song with an old school vibe. “Come Together” is a collaboration with Gabriella Wilson, and it is slickly packaged by producers and sound engineers who truly know what they are doing.
If you are into raunchy banger hits that get dancers on the floor at the club, you will certainly like “Wobble Up” with G-Eazy and Nicki Minaj providing guest vocals. More collaborations can be found on “Need a Stack” with Lil Wayne, “No Guidance” with Drake, and “Girl of My Dreams” with Justin Bieber. About half of the tracks on Indigo are about sex, hedonism, and fun; all of them highlight Brown’s vocal range, and the beats alternate from smooth to bouncy. Indigo is a must-have not only for Chris Brown fans but also for record collectors who appreciate the art of album production.