Fantasy Ride [Deluxe]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The final version of Ciara's third album, issued after several months of delay, is quite dissimilar from the one detailed in an August 2008 Billboard cover story. According to the article, Fantasy Ride was to be divided into three sections tentatively titled "Groove City," "Crunk Town," and "Kingdom of Dance." At some point between then and the album's May 2009 release, this concept was mercifully scrapped, quite possibly because the track list underwent some changes. Regardless, it would not be difficult to construct an imaginary three-part Fantasy Ride from the finished product, with each song easy to slot into one of the designations. Had Ciara stuck with the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The final version of Ciara's third album, issued after several months of delay, is quite dissimilar from the one detailed in an August 2008 Billboard cover story. According to the article, Fantasy Ride was to be divided into three sections tentatively titled "Groove City," "Crunk Town," and "Kingdom of Dance." At some point between then and the album's May 2009 release, this concept was mercifully scrapped, quite possibly because the track list underwent some changes. Regardless, it would not be difficult to construct an imaginary three-part Fantasy Ride from the finished product, with each song easy to slot into one of the designations. Had Ciara stuck with the city/town/kingdom concept, "Groove City" would have been the most populous and happening of the three. A couple of these ballads and slow jams are up there with the highlights from Goodies and The Evolution -- no coincidence that both were written and produced by the-Dream and Christopher "Tricky" Stewart Rihanna's "Umbrella," Beyoncé's "Single Ladies", the Jam and Lewis or Neptunes of their time. On the hypnotically winding "Like a Surgeon" not a cover of Weird Al's Madonna parody, the-Dream provides some of his best, gimmicky, post-R. Kelly similes and metaphors, delivered by Ciara with all the necessary arrogance: "I appreciate your recovery time, but you need a physical one more time." "Keep Dancin' on Me," its opposite in sentiment, is as resigned and alluring as the-Dream's own "Fancy," swapping dejection for a kind of blissful yearning. Blink and you will miss what was to be "Crunk Town": "High Price" is a decent "Oh" revamp, with booming, low-end, creature-feature synths and Ludacris all part of the mix, though Ciara's outlandish operatics are a new and nice touch. The five uptempo tracks that would have been "Kingdom of Dance" are uneven, exemplified by the hobbling flop that is "Love Sex Magic," an easily forgettable Justin Timberlake collaboration, and "Work," an over-stuffed dancefloor mess that does not benefit from Missy Elliott's hoarse hectoring. Even if Ciara imaginatively develops the "Super C" superhero introduced in the disc's booklet, she and her collaborators will have to work extra hard on the next album to ensure that she does not stall in a creative cul de sac. [The deluxe edition adds the bonus tracks "Echo" and "I'm On," both of which should have made the album proper, and a 50-minute DVD featuring three videos.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/5/2009
  • Label: La Face
  • UPC: 886974223528
  • Catalog Number: 742235
  • Sales rank: 82,410

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ciara to the Stage (3:45)
  2. 2 Love Sex Magic (3:40)
  3. 3 High Price (4:02)
  4. 4 Turntables - Chris Brown (4:31)
  5. 5 Like a Surgeon (4:27)
  6. 6 Never Ever (4:32)
  7. 7 Lover's Thing - The-Dream (3:27)
  8. 8 Work (4:05)
  9. 9 Pucker Up (3:51)
  10. 10 G Is for Girl (A-Z) (3:37)
  11. 11 Keep Dancin' on Me (3:32)
  12. 12 Tell Me What Your Name Is (3:38)
  13. 13 I Don't Remember (3:47)
  14. 14 Echo (3:38)
  15. 15 I'm On (3:56)
Disc 2
  1. 1 [Untitled]
  2. 2 [Untitled]
  3. 3 [Untitled]
  4. 4 [Bonus Features]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ciara Primary Artist
Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald Guitar
Benny Blanco Drums, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Pat Thrall Engineer
Rodney Jerkins Producer, Vocal Producer
Kuk Harrell Vocal Engineer, Vocal Producer
Mike Donaldson Engineer
Mark Pitts Executive Producer
Chris Athens Mastering
Carlton Lynn Engineer
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart Producer
Mike Elizondo Instrumentation
Don Vito Producer
Paul Foley Engineer
Emily Wright Engineer, Vocal Editing
Justin Timberlake Instrumentation
Courtney Walter Art Direction
John Hanes Digital Editing
Chris Grayston Producer
Osinachi Nwaneri Producer
Elvis Williams Producer
Candice Nelson Vocal Arrangements
D'Mystro Producer
Chris Brown Vocal Arrangements
Kelly "Becky 4 Real" Sheehan Engineer
Jasper Cameron Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Jim Beanz Vocal Arrangements
Rob Knox Instrumentation
Y.S. Producer
Benny Blanco Programming, Producer
Bernard Chang Illustrations
Brian "B-Luv" Thomas Engineer
Polow da Don Producer
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