Fantasy Ride [Deluxe]

Fantasy Ride [Deluxe]

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by Ciara
     
 

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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 thenSee more details below

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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:
05/05/2009
Label:
La Face
UPC:
0886974223528
catalogNumber:
742235
Rank:
87600

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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
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
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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