Fantasia

Studio Album by released in 2006

Fantasia review

Fantasia demonstrates a professional growth

It rises no doubts that a participation in American Idol and especially a victory in this show opens the most promising outlook in the world of show business. However this kind of experience leaves a specific mark on the participants. Many of those indisputably talented winners are trying to fortify their success with the release of the solo album. But as the practice proves they mostly make records that are pretty far from being a masterpiece. One can explain it by lack of professional experience or refer it to that fact that many deal with American Idol's managing company what also may influence the artist's individualism, but still the main killing mistake remains the same: the former American Idol winners' strive to please everybody, trying not to offend anyone who was supporting them during the show. But this doesn't concern all of them. It seems that the American Idol 2004 winner Fantasia decided to get rid from a legacy of the show. After cutting all ties with American Idol's management and release of her second solo album named Fantasia, she makes it clear that she can be a purely self-dependent artist. Her new album is obviously a step forward. On her debut album of 2004 she seemed like she was searching a right manner for her voice but now she is ready to offer her original and much more organized style of an R&B singer.

There are no weak songs on the album

Having some lustre of Beyonce and Mary J. Blige's soul vibes mixed up with her own sincerity Fantasia laid a basis for transformation from a good singer into a big star. The very first song Hood Boy is probably the hottest track of the album, and the collaboration of Big Boi from Outcast only adds some extra fuel to the fire. And though the story about love to a tough guy is a standard theme for R&B/hip-hop performers, it doesn't sound trite or boring. Fantasia is taking a risk to lose a part of her elderly aged audience, those whose hearts she won during the show. There are enough of songs of pretty indecent subjects. For example, lyrics on I Nominate You caries an intimate character and on The Way That I Do Fantasia plays a role of a despotic lady. But still the second basic song on Fantasia , though it may challenge the single, is Baby Makin' Hips. This is a really strong theme, which may stand in one line with the most popular classic R&B hits. Every song on this album sounds good, there are no weak ones, but it worth lay a special stress on such tracks as Bore Me (Yawn) which has a characteristic old school soul vocal, I Feel Beautiful, a song that Fantasia has devoted to her mother and Uneligible where the problem of eligible men absence was raised.

Fantasia knows what she is doing

Fantasia has done a good job. It is not an unbelievable brake through but she has obviously grown mature as a professional – this is a fact. And if there is a growth than there is a prospect. Fantasia is entering a very important level of her career and if she won't step aside from the way she has chosen we will be lucky to watch a rise of a new bright star in a year or two. As concerns the album, its most peculiar advantage is in the integrity it possesses. The album sounds like Fantasia knows exactly where she is going to. She learned how to write a real, full fledged songs which don't evoke a desire to add something in or on the contrary cut something off. These are the songs that are pleasant to listen. Well, it is worth wishing this singer a good luck and productive artistic explorations. Hopefully Fantasia will bring her much bigger success than a participation in a TV show.