Fantasia

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
Third season American Idol winner Fantasia sets the tone quickly on her sophomore disc with "Hood Boy," a track spiced by a cameo from Big Boi and a Supremes sample that the soul diva uses to position herself as both a sassy round-the-way girl and a tender lover. Fantasia's emboldened, no-nonsense attitude is captured on the sweat-inducing workout "Baby Makin' Hips" -- anchored by a brassy Al Green sample and her raspy vocal swagger, Fantasia sings the praises of sisters like herself with "a walk so mean she'll bring you to your knees." As on her 2004 debut, Free Yourself, the southern soul singer once again enlists an impressive roster of high-powered ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
Third season American Idol winner Fantasia sets the tone quickly on her sophomore disc with "Hood Boy," a track spiced by a cameo from Big Boi and a Supremes sample that the soul diva uses to position herself as both a sassy round-the-way girl and a tender lover. Fantasia's emboldened, no-nonsense attitude is captured on the sweat-inducing workout "Baby Makin' Hips" -- anchored by a brassy Al Green sample and her raspy vocal swagger, Fantasia sings the praises of sisters like herself with "a walk so mean she'll bring you to your knees." As on her 2004 debut, Free Yourself, the southern soul singer once again enlists an impressive roster of high-powered collaborators including Missy Elliott, Jermaine Dupri, and Rodney Jerkins. The Missy-produced "Two Weeks Notice" is a classic soul-leaning slow jam that doubles as a stern kiss-off to an unappreciative lover. Elsewhere, Fantasia serves notice to straying men on the funky dis "Bore Me Yawn." Even so, Fantasia proves she has a softer side on the starry-eyed "When I See You," the self-affirming, Dianne Warren-penned ballad "I Feel Beautiful," featuring musical accompaniment by Babyface, and the infectious, Swizz Beatz-produced "Surround Me." Two years after winning the American Idol crown, Fantasia's star is still on the rise.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Fantasia Barrino's first album, Free Yourself, wasn't exactly a flop but it wasn't a hit, either. It debuted in the Top Ten and had four singles in the Billboard R&B charts, which is far from a disaster but it was a disappointment by American Idol standards, particularly for a vocalist who was considered by many viewers, as well as judge Simon Cowell, the most talented singer to yet appear on the show. Talented Fantasia certainly was, but talent can be hard to sell, and Fantasia's problem boiled down to this: she had enough raw vocal power to draw comparisons to such classic soul divas as Aretha Franklin, which is what appealed to the legions of middle-America fans of the show, but that's not a style that has much to do with contemporary R&B, so she was given a modern makeover on Free Yourself. It was a cautious one, though, leaving remnants of her Idol persona -- most evident on a reprise of her show-stopping interpretation of Gershwin's "Summertime" -- surrounded by hip-hop-inflected urban soul like the single "Baby Mama," which was precisely the kind of thing that made fans of "Summertime" recoil. And recoil they did. They wound up avoiding the album, and "Baby Mama" didn't win enough converts to make up for the Idol audience's absence, so Fantasia and company took the only logical step for her eponymous sophomore album: they made it strictly R&B. Since it adheres to just one style of music, Fantasia is a more consistent album than her debut; it has a sense of purpose and it takes greater risks in the production, two things which make it a bolder, better album than Free Yourself. Fantasia is a hard R&B album through and through, a distinction made clear by the album-opening "Hood Boy," a dynamite single built on a blaring Supremes sample and featuring a rap from Big Boi that sets the tone for the rest of the record. Like Destiny's Child in Soldier, Fantasia is celebrating thugs, and with the day-glo Supremes sample skipping and stuttering in circles, "Hood Boy" sounds not unlike an updated version of Ike & Tina, as Fantasia desperately pledges her devotion to strong men. It's inspired in concept and delivery, as Barrino puts her all into it and it works: with this one track, she sheds her AmIdol past and remakes herself into a vibrant, vital diva. Even when things slow down for the ballads Fantasia never sounds schlocky; the songs sound made for DJs and clubs, which is why the album is at its best when it sticks close to that updated '70s soul feel, as on "Baby Makin' Hips" which doesn't hit as hard as "Hood Boy" but it's equally alluring in its cool reserve. So, the sound is right on Fantasia, as is Barrino's performance: she delivers on the promise she displayed on the show, sounding like a full-throttle powerhouse on the faster songs and smoldering on the slower ones. That leaves the only problem of the record: the songs aren't all that great. There are exceptions -- the previously mentioned "Hood Boy" and "Baby Makin' Hips," of course, but also a handful of others, such as the slow-burning "Two Weeks Notice," co-written by Missy Elliott -- but this is a record that rides on its sound, whether it's coming from Fantasia or from the producers, who always present her at her best. This is enough to make Fantasia better as an album and statement of purpose than Free Yourself, but no matter how good tracks like "Uneligible" sound -- and with its fuzz-toned instrumental breaks and skeletal beats, the track does sound pretty great -- it's hard not to wish that there were hooks as memorable as the production. That said, Fantasia does its job: it may not be perfect, but it fully breaks Barrino free of her American Idol persona, giving her a sound and style that she can build a career upon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/20/2006
  • Label: Tombstone Records
  • EAN: 4988017643754
  • Catalog Number: 21498

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hood Boy (3:34)
  2. 2 When I See You (3:37)
  3. 3 I Nominate U (4:34)
  4. 4 Baby Makin' Hips (3:21)
  5. 5 Not the Way I Do (3:35)
  6. 6 Only One U (4:00)
  7. 7 I Feel Beautiful (3:33)
  8. 8 I'm Not That Type (4:07)
  9. 9 Uneligible (3:00)
  10. 10 Two Weeks Notice (4:42)
  11. 11 Surround U (3:19)
  12. 12 Bore Me (Yawn) (2:55)
  13. 13 Sunshine (3:47)
  14. 14 Bump What Ya Friends Say (4:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fantasia Primary Artist
Louis Biancaniello Keyboards
Missy Elliott Vocals
Andre Harris Musician
Vidal Davis Musician
Peter Rogers Keyboards
Corte Ellis Background Vocals
Brian Cockerham Bass
Taurian "TJ" Osborne Strings, Musician
Technical Credits
Babyface Audio Production
Frank deVol Composer
Louis Biancaniello Composer, Programming
Lamont Dozier Composer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Brian Holland Composer
Denzil Miller Composer
Diane Warren Composer
Craig Brockman Composer
Kurt Walker Composer
Missy Elliott Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Paul Boutin Engineer
Paul J. Falcone Engineer
Vernon Mungo Engineer
Andre Harris Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Janet Sewell Composer
Antwan Patton Composer
Balewa Muhammad Composer
Jamar Jones String Arrangements
Swizz Beatz Producer, Audio Production
Mona Scott Management
Johnta Austin Composer
Vidal Davis Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Ruben Rivera Engineer
Bryan-Michael Cox Producer
Harold Lilly Composer, Producer
Kasseem Dean Composer
Chris Spilfogel Engineer
Brian Warwick Vocal Engineer
Philip Lees Composer, Producer
Lawrence Smith Composer
Bruce Waynne Vocal Producer
Brian Sumner Engineer
Makeba Riddick Composer
Sam Thomas Engineer
Aaron Fessel Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Corte Ellis Composer, Engineer, Vocal Producer
Alonzo Vargas Engineer
Phil Margaziotis Engineer
Sean Garrett Composer, Producer
Candice Nelson Composer, Vocal Scratches
Andros Rodriguez Engineer
The MIDI Mafia Producer
Marcella Araica Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful

    really a nice album..if you liked her first album you'll enjoy this one just as much

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Loved it!

    I loved fantasia's first album and was hoping she would live up to that one. This second album is sooo good. She has found her niche and is one of the few female singers who can take control of a song and not let the beat and background control them. She shows her versatility in her voice and sings about what most females feel. Bottom line: Go buy it- you will not be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Princess of Hip-Hop Soul

    With this CD, Fantasia has made a statement. This woman is showing that she wants to make good music and is here for the long run. This is a better CD than her first. I can listen to it from start to finish. If you're truly looking for some real R&B/Hip Hop with Soul than this is the CD for you. Fantasia took some risk. There is alot of creativity. I love how she shows us what she is really all about. I hear growth and confidence. Her voice is strong and she proves that she can sing with tracks that have a hard beat as well as those powerful slow jams. It's truly outstanding!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    Big difference from her first cd. This cd has crazy beats and her voice is amazing. I was expecting a part 2 of Free Yourself but this is very edgy and raw. Not what I'd expect fromFantasia but I like it alot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great music

    Fantasia outdoes herself. This is a CD for every-one and she really shines. My favorite is 2 week notice. I love every single track.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    what you asked for?

    fantasia is the best thing smokin since beyonce the niccas luv her style. she's the baddest chick right now.i love her, buckle up for the ride, cause she's bringin it and i cant say that bout everyone go on "fan".

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