After all the drama, controversy and personal turmoil the last few years, it’s good to see the talented songstress Fantasia get back to what she does best, making music! After the success of her new reality TV show “Fantasia For Real” she is back with her latest album “Back to Me” which announces her return to music and gives her a chance to voice her recent frustrations on wax.
From the first track “I’m Doin Me” you can tell Fantasia is definitely focused on handling her business and doing what is best for herself first. Packed with an infectious, upbeat track provided by Chuck Harmony, self-confident, inspiring anthems for the new millennium never sounded so good! Other standout tracks include the single “Bittersweet” which tells the all too familiar story of those of us who have been in relationships and find it bittersweet to let go when it’s time to move on. “Who’s been lovin you” a piano driven & bouncy track produced by LOS Da Mystro is another hot joint, while the colorful & playful “Collard Greens & Cornbread” rekindles the musical spirit of the Motown 60’s vibe, which maybe a growing trend now (Ex: R. Kelly’s current single “When a Woman Loves” captures that same genre’s era, and quite well). Nevertheless it’s a musical delight to the ears.
One of my absolute favorite tracks on here though has to be “Teach Me” (produced by Malay & KP) which shows a humble and eager Fantasia willing to do whatever it takes to learn how to love her mate right! And the beautiful Caribbean inspired music brings a nice island flava to the track that makes it that much more irresistible to listen to! After all the countless songs from Men willing to go above and beyond to show their love & commitment to their lady, it was refreshing to hear a Woman flip the script and show that type of vulnerability. There are plenty of songs that may show Women willing to do whatever to please their men in a sexually overt or explicit sense, but the message and sincerity in this song, shows one’s yearning to connect with their mate on a deeper level of intimacy! Now that is some true Grown Woman business right there, nuff respect!
“Trust Him” although similar again to the piano bouncy vintage vibe of “Collard Greens” & “Who’s been lovin you”, it’s still fun, and enjoyable to listen to. Mr. Cee-Lo (from Goodie Mob fame) drops in on “The Thrill is Gone” and adds his unique soulful 16 bars on this mid-tempo gem! And last but not least “Falling in Love” (produced by Stereotypes) adds a nice up tempo change of pace that should get any party started right! All the other tracks are pretty solid for the most part, the only real drawback on “Back to Me” is that it’s a bit short, at 12 tracks long! It would have been nice to hear some more material especially to some other top notch producing beat makers in the industry (since some of her songs although enjoyable sounded a bit repetitive after awhile).
But I think “Back to Me” is still a very enjoyable record that should satisfy Fantasia fans and those who long for hearing quality, powerful, soulful singing (Ex: no computerized auto-tune)! So on a scale of 1-5 5 being the highest and 1 being the lowest I give “Back to Me” 4 stars ****. Till next time be safe and stay blessed.