Album Review: Fantasia

Although most of America views Fantasia Barrino as an illiterate home-wrecker who just attempted suicide, that shouldn’t stop you from checking out her latest release Back To Me. This project marks the strongest and most cohesive performance from the former American Idol winner, and it’s been receiving rave reviews from critics and fans alike.

Don’t be discouraged by the first thirteen seconds of opening track “I’m Doing Me”. It may sound like Fantasia’s about to beam you up into her spaceship and utilize her anal probes, but you’ll bobbing your head along once the piano line kicks in. Then you’ll be launched headfirst into the singer’s soulful first single “Bittersweet”.

One could view Back To Me as a compromise debut Fantasia’s debut Free Yourself and self-titled sophomore effort, combining in-your-face attitude with the vulnerability that made her a star in the first place. The sassy “Man of The House” successfully bumps elbows with the soul-bearing “Teach Me”, all while making room for the cheerful bounce of “Trust Him”.

If you’re not sold by the album’s ninth track “The Thrill Is Gone”, you might want to check to see if your heart’s still there. On this collaboration with Cee-Lo Green, the raspy lead vocalist channels a classic soul diva energy, and you’ll almost wish she was born in a different decade. But there’s no use in wishing… Just as the closing song tells you, Fantasia Barrino is “here” to stay–whether you like it or not.

– Dewitt

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