Free Yourselfby Fantasia
Third-season American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino wowed both the series' fans and jaded judges with her gospel-rooted vocal histrionics. But like previous AI winners Kelly and Ruben, Fantasia -- clearly the most charismatic of the three -- has a hard time translating her infectious stage presence onto her debut disc (surprisingly, even her showstopping/i>/i>… See more details below
Third-season American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino wowed both the series' fans and jaded judges with her gospel-rooted vocal histrionics. But like previous AI winners Kelly and Ruben, Fantasia -- clearly the most charismatic of the three -- has a hard time translating her infectious stage presence onto her debut disc (surprisingly, even her showstopping rendition of the Gershwins' "Summertime" falls flat here). That said, Free Yourself is still more polished than any other Idol's first record, thanks to urban hitmakers Missy Elliott, Jermaine Dupri, and Rodney Jerkins. Although Fantasia's nasal timbre often recalls Macy Gray, her vocal range is far superior to Gray's; a more accurate comparison might be made to Mary J. Blige, most notably on the Missy-assisted "Good Lovin'." Like Blige, Fantasia is a round-the-way girl with a voice informed by adversity, and she makes sure listeners are aware of just how much she's struggled -- from growing up in the ghetto (the Brandy-reminiscent "This Is Me") to dealing with triflin' beaus (the kiss-off title track) and unrequited love ("Truth Is"). The album's biggest misstep (other than misprinted track listings), however, is Fantasia's loud-and-proud proclamation of being a "Baby Mama." Still, there's enough good material here for Fantasia's fans to fawn over, and plenty of promise for a career to be revered.
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Performance CreditsFantasia Primary Artist,Vocals
Gerald Albright Saxophone
Maxi Anderson Choir, Chorus
Louis Biancaniello Keyboards
Debra Byrd Choir, Chorus
Darius Campo Violin
Larry Corbett Cello
Joel Derouin Violin
Kevin Dorsey Choir, Chorus
Armen Garabedian Violin
Berj Garabedian Violin
Darlene Koldenhoven Choir, Chorus
Bobbi Page Choir, Chorus
Greg Phillinganes Piano
Melanie Taylor Choir, Chorus
Yvonne Williams Choir, Chorus
Evan Wilson Viola
John Wittenberg Violin
Terry Wood Choir, Chorus
Craig Brockman Keyboards
Eric Dawkins Background Vocals
Bob Peterson Violin
Sam Watters Background Vocals
Missy Elliott Background Vocals
Jazze Pha Rap
Natalie Leggett Violin
Tony Wilkins Choir, Chorus
Charles Pettaway Guitar
Deborah Sharpe-Taylor Choir, Chorus
Sara Parkins Violin
Angela Fisher Choir, Chorus
Lil' Steve Background Vocals
Laurence Greenfield Violin
Julian Hallmark Violin
Nisan Stewart Drums
Eric "Ebo" Butler Choir, Chorus
Dan Smith Cello
Nicholas Cooper Choir, Chorus
Alyssa Park Violin
Tamyra Gray Background Vocals
Byron Motley Choir, Chorus
Allison Lilly Background Vocals
Jazmine Sullivan Background Vocals
Mario de León Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
Technical CreditsBarbara Acklin Composer
Ernie Isley Composer
Eugene Record Composer
Mark James Composer
Phalon Alexander Composer
Louis Biancaniello Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
David Campbell String Arrangements,String Conductor
Johnny Christopher Composer
Steve Churchyard Engineer
Jermaine Dupri Composer,Producer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Ross Hogarth Engineer
Marvin Isley Composer
O'Kelly Isley Composer
Ronald Isley Composer
Bill Malina Engineer
Yolanda McCullough Engineer,Digital Editing
Tom Ranier Orchestration
Brian Scheuble Engineer
Robin Sellars Engineer
Nigel Wright Producer
Craig Brockman Composer,Producer
Rodney Jerkins Composer,Producer
Damon Thomas Composer
Sam Watters Arranger,Composer,Producer
Missy Elliott Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Jazze Pha Producer
DuBose Heyward Composer
Charles Pettaway Composer
Wayne Thompson Composer
Ricky Lewis Composer
Harvey Mason Composer
Carsten Schack Composer
John Horesco Engineer
Johnta Austin Composer
Alexis Yraola Art Direction
Kamel Abdo Engineer
Vito Colapietro Composer
Neely Dinkins Composer
Zachary Wallace Composer
Ric Rude Producer
Bryan-Michael Cox Composer,Producer
Charile "CSUN" Bereal drum programming
Harold Lilly Composer,Producer
Dabling Harward Engineer
Alex Cantrall Composer
Chris LeBeau Artwork
Nico Solis Engineer
Antonio Dixon Composer
Tamyra Gray Composer
Carlos "El Loco" Bedoya Programming,Engineer
Sean Garrett Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Soulshock & Karlin Audio Production
Underdogs Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
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the truth is that she is amazing i give it 5 stars and going to buy her cd on the 23rd i can't wait i love her voice
FANTASIA, formerly known as Fantasia Barrino delighted the AMA audience last night with a song off of her soon to be released new album, FREE YOURSELF. Ms. Fantasia has proven to be quite a force to be reckoned with. She has so far shown us that her career did not end with her win on American Idol. Her old fans will be delighted with the new songs as well as the old on her Album. Her new listeners will be the most delighted after having a chance to listen to Summertime and I Believe, which have become FANTASIA favorites among her many many fans around U.S. and abroad.
Wow! If these clips are any indication, this will be THE CD to have this season!! I am looking forward to hearing the full length songs!
This is truly a great CD,Fantasia have always been a favorite of mind every since AI,she is truly a great singer no matter what they continue to say about her,keep doing what you do best and bringing us great music,and may god continue to bless you with the beautiful voice you so truly have....
Fantasia is a dynamo. She is the kind of artist that can not be put in a box or pigeon holed. She is ultra-talented and is not afraid to show total emotions while performing. I would rate her right up there with Patti Labelle and Aretha Franklin. I love the tracks from her upcoming CD. Full of truth and life. She is poised to be a great singer. Watch out World, a legend is in the making.
She makes a mockery of Summertime and You Were Always on my Mind. It is downright disgraceful. One song sounds like a mice screaming(this is supposed to be hip/hop rap whatever that awful music is, hows that for irony)And talking about all songs sounding the same, heres a winner. Same, old boring voice you heard on idol w/ outrageous innumerable "yea yea yea" you'll be sick to the point of wanting to throw up after listening to the CD more than two times. Well, judge for yourself, but its surely a flop, its not pleasant to the ears. Her voice is downright vehemently awful. If you have ears that dislike the sound of "nails on a chalkboard" don't buy it.
I was happy when Fantasia won on American Idol. I liked her hip-hop R&B Club feel. She seemed like the girl that you'd watch in the middle of the dance floor going "Heeeeey." But this album is the woman sitting at the small table in the corner with a cigarette in her mouth. For her bubbly personality, this album was a little bitter and way too hopeless romantic. My heart still beats fast to "Summertime", and I really enjoyed "Truth Is", "Selfish" and "Don't Act Right", but they had an up-beat dance feel to them. "Summertime" is kinda old school but she adds a lot of flavor to it. The rest of these songs just seem so Old School R&B. I'm not knocking Old School R&B, but I was looking for something different in this album. She's got a song called "Baby Mama" which congratulates women who have children and no man in their lives, who are also still doing things to improve their future regardless of dude being in their lives or not. But the rest of the cd sounds like she's chasing dude around begging him to come back or understand why he hasn't. The concept of this album is terrible but Fantasia's voice is beautiful. She just needs someone else to give her a new school feel.
Fantasia...what can I say, I'm not suprised or shocked at all. This is just what I have been anticipating all these months. Fantasia is truly what the music industry needed. She shines a whole new light on music. She is our Princess of Soul. This is a talent that is unlike any other. People should stop hating on Fantasia, and just listen. This album speaks for itself. Clive Davis, Fantasia, and J Records has ha hit on their hands...whatever singles are released from here, is automatically an attention grabber. God has given this talent that cant ever be taken away. Congrats Fantasia on a continuosly and successful career. REMEMBER SHE IS A STAR FOR LIFE....SHE HAS A TALENT...NOT SKILLS!!!!
Fantasia is a great singer, performer and a great person overall and her album shows how great of an artist she is! i love the album can't stop playing it! She has a great Future Ahead! Way to go Fantasia!
Absolutely a breath of fresh air. I don't where the critics are coming from but for all the hard core R&B/soul music lovers, this is CD will give you chills. I've got mad love for Fantasia...for all those haters (critics), get over it. She's doing the darn thing!
FANTASIA'S ALBUM WAS GREAT! Her album entitled "Free Yourself" has a wide range of songs, from her show-stopping rendition of "Summertime" to her hip single mother antem "Baby Mama". Her voice sounds great as well as her lyrics. She is definetely an American Idol!
Fantasia's soulful voice is refreshing. I have been waiting for her cd and it was well worth it. All I can say is WOW!!! You go girl.
fantasia cd is off the hook. without any question is she the best AI
I've heard the entire cd over and over and over again!!! This girl is awesome, and Missy Elliott is true talent and I like Selfish the most, and It's all good is great! To tell the truth the entire cd should go platinum over and over again. This girl sings with heart, you feel what she feels, if she's in pain you can tell it, if she's happy you can feel that to. Special thanks to American Idol they are the ones responsible for getting her here and she was well worth the wait. She's going to be great! She already is to me! When do we get to see a video or two?
I thought it was a rather naive album with very predictable music. The reason she won American Idol was because of her unpredictability. "Summertime" was one of the greatest performances I have ever seen and it came from her soul. This lacked the soul. It was overdone. I just hope she goes back to being herself with her next album.
The woman is blessed and I'm glad I bought the C.D. and I don't buy CD's....you go Fantasia. Royal_T ILL-Noize, USA
I honestly hope that it does make good sales #'s because it is not onlythe BOMB!!! it is also very therapeutic. I know that a lot of women in our day and time would not only relate but appreciate this album. It like all those things that we have been feeling but could not find the words to express... Well this CD says it all and then adds a tight beat. I mean the beat is so tight it makes my little manufacture speakers sound good. I love the fact that when my man getting on my nerves and ain't acting right I can put it on and sing with it "IF YOU DON'T WANT ME THEN DON'T TALK TO ME GO AHEAD AND FREE YOURSELF" track #2 or "AIN'T GONE BEG YOU" track #1. He thinks about it listens to the words and he know what's up.... the CD is hot!!!!
Fantasia has mixed the greatest of the old school music with a new urban twist. her CD isn't oly entertaining it is also moving. So if you do have it you're missing out on a good thing!
This cd was very good for the the one that gave a bad review stop hating..the girl did the thang....it has a theme to it and if you have not been there then you are no going to understand.It is a shame when you cant give congrads, but haters will be haters...Fantasia you go girl and keep up the good work
This album is really,really good if you have doubts about getting it you seriously should.She is the definition of "Star Power" this girl has it all and more her voice is so silky and just glides through every track that seems tailor made just for her
Well no wonder Fantasia has heavyweights like Aretha Franklin, Missy Elliot, R Kelly and more begging to work with her. No wonder America chose her as a winner for American Idol 3. This album is the best I've ever heard, she sounds like a veteran, her vocals are so pure, they sound amazing. The songs are unique and catchy. I recommend you buy 5 of these albums to share with family and friends, stuff those Christmas stockings with this great gift of FANTASIA, I know I will:)
IF YOU KNOW SINGING;YOU'LL KNOW THIS CD IS THE RAW DEAL!
I personally love the CD and the songs that she sings. Fantasia has shown on this first CD that she is a very versatile singer and performer. She has crossed over into all types of music from slow to up beat. I say you go girl and keep turning a deaf ear to the negative press and people who can not sing themselves, but just write opinions. Keep the faith and give God the glory for all the good things he has done. As far as the songs being out of order as printed, it does not matter, because in any order they all sound great. She will be in this business for a long time. Love you Tasia. From Winston-Salem, North Carolina
This is the best R&B CD that I've heard in a long time. It is a beautiful masterpiece. Her voice is so unique; it simply sends shivers down my back. I know Fantasia will make it to the top of the charts with this one. I suggest EVERYONE BUY THIS CD!
I loved this CD. Fantasia did her thing. I am so proud of her and i dont even know the girl. She has overcome a lot in her life and you can hear it and definately FEEL it when you listen to her music. Everyone should get this CD. It is WONDERFUL