Fantasia has finally returned to the music scene after a long period of not making music since 2006 when she released her second studio album Fantasia and since her 2004 debut album Free Yourself. Now, Fantasia releases her third studio album on J Records (a Unit of Sony Music Entertainment) on the 23rd August 2010 entitled BACK TO ME.
This Fantasia records starts off with a Chuck Harmony produced first song entitled “I’m Doin’ Me”, an up tempo and R&B vocal delivery track. “Bittersweet” was a chosen single taken from Back To Me produced again by Chuck Harmony, a beautiful R&B/Hip-Hop ballad. Man Of The House is produced by a different producer RyKeyz, a lyrically fierce track and one for the undeground. “Who’s Been Lovin’” You has production be LOS Da Mystro! A similar sound to her previous songs but less beat driven compared to her second studio album Fantasia.
Collard Greens And Cornbread makes the listener feel hungry for more, as they get taken back toFantasia’s soul roots. Teach Me is produced by Malay And KP “I wanna love ya and satisfy” almost sounds like a Bob Marley track, take a listen and you’ll be surprised yet its totally not reggae.
“Move On Me” produced by Malay And KP yet again, is the most beat driven track but still has a balladeer type crooner feel as Fantasia creates beautiful melodies and a strong main vocal. Trust Him produced by Novel (new producer) has great piano chords and a Alicia Keys type beat.
“The Thrill Is Gone” features Cee-Lo Green (the legend that he is) produced again by Malay And KP and is possibly the strongest and best track off of Back To Me. “Falling In Love” see’s Fantasia getting in touch with her personal and more emotional side to her artiste singing “I wanna lean in for a kiss I know its worth it”. Even Angels is produced by Stereotypes and was the first single taken from the album and it is highly addictive.
Lastly the album closes perfectly with a production from Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray (Soul Discoveries loves Brenda Russell) with the soundtrack song from the film “The Color Purple” I’m Here.
Review by Matthew Daniel