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Free Yourself [Import]

Fantasia Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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To Fantasia, life and music can never be separated. So when the 26-year-old, eight-time Grammy nominee titled her third album Back to Me, she was making her current goals, both creative and personal, crystal clear.

“When I was on American Idol,” she says, “people fell in love with the young lady who took her shoes off to come onstage, who spoke her mind and didn't ... Read more in Amazon's Fantasia Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B0009QYRXG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,678 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Start 29 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
Fantasia blew me away from the first time I heard her on American Idol 3. She sounded like a superstar, she looked like a superstar. I had extremely high hopes for this album.
The biggest dilemma for what to do with Fantasia was obvious from the end of the competition - Soul or RnB. The younger market (i.e. RnB) won here. Fans of Fantasia from her American Idol 3 performances should approach with caution - with a couple of exceptions, the backing band and vocal rawness is gone, and beats and polished production are in.
My biggest regret is that the producers (and maybe even Fantasia herself) have turned what could have been the NEXT Aretha Frankin into just another RnB/Hip Hop singer in an already crowded market.
Sadly (and I really regret having to say this) - this album doesn't live up to her American Idol performances. Most albums start great and trail off towards the middle and end - this is almost the opposite. The opening 'Ain't Gonna Beg' isn't the start I'd have liked - it's a little sterile and not the statement of intent it should have been. 'Free Yourself' is better, but there's just no meat to it either. 'Truth Is' is again just okay - just more slow RnB by numbers. I'm no record producer - but whoever came up with the track order needs a slap.
Track 4 - 'Selfish' is where things pick up (finally). Finally a bit of that Fantasia attitude comes through, with an unusual melody (courtesy of Missy Elliot).
From here - it's all good. 'Summertime' is a great rendition - with an excellent arrangement. It's the first time on the album you think "WOW - that girl can SING!". Trademark vocal gymnastics, emotion and sheer class.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Fantasia 14 Mar 2006
By ileola
Format:Audio CD
Fantasia made AI3 - the girl can SAAAAANG. Watched all her AI performances from top 10 and boy can she deliver. While she may not have the most flawless of vocals (still great though) her voice is soulful and rich and she carries you with each song. Truth is - her first single - absolutely beautiful - Free Yourself is another brilliant one - This is me and Baby Mama are both fantastic numbers. This is a standout first album !. She got nominated for 4 grammys - didnt win any - but her time will definately come. Really hope her 2nd album has some live tracks - cos when Fantasia sings live - she has NO equal
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 16 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
The first time I heard Fantasia sing, it sent shivers down my spine. THIS was the most amazing voice I had heard in a LONG time. There was so much soul in that voice; so vibrant, so full, so "haunting"... I could not wait for the album.
I had such high hopes, and when I first saw the album, I did not hesitate in buying it.
Fantasia, I hate to say this, but what on earth happened? Where is that magical, INDIVIDUAL spark that you showed us on American Idol?
I was hoping for something as beautiful, and unique as Fantasia herself. Instead, what I got was the same old run of the mill R&B that hundreds (if not thousands) of other singers are churning out by the bucketload, which is keeping all the GOOD music off the radio airwaves... Sure, Fantasia has an awesome voice, but it is totally lost in this album...
I hope that the next album will bring back the spark, and soul of the lady with the most incredible voice of this millenium.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Girl can cut a record 9 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
I was watching the auditions and when i saw fantasia sing my body started the shiver, her voice touched me and i said to my boyfried she's going to win. Her performance every week was brilliant and the album was even better. The songs on the ablum the words and the way she sang them was like she was talking to u and saying to u that things are possible. A brilliant singer and a brilliant album, Keep ur head up high girl.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good! 3 April 2005
By M. Hill
Format:Audio CD
This is a good record, But you can also tell it has come from Simon Cowell bunch!!!
You wont be able to see what fantasia can do till the next album, because this album was done before she won the show. But it is a good album, listen out for baby mama.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and mind blowing 3 April 2005
Format:Audio CD
I brought this album because my cousin said it was brillant and she constantly plays it, so I brought it and yes I too have not yet put it down. Her voice alone blows you away. I love everysong on the album - which is not common for me. She sings with love and passion and you will find it hard to put down. I am now worried about my exam revision timetable which starts tomorrow!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantasia is the next big thing 14 Jan 2005
By Len112
Format:Audio CD
I watched in awe as she steamrolled the oposition in American Idol , she had so much natural ability it seemed like she shouldn't be in the competition as it seemed unfair to the other contestants , but she rightly won . This album doesn't scratch the surface of this girl's talent , firstly you have to see her perform live to appreciate how incredible she is , secondly the material though very good doesn't allow her to really show the personality she displayed on the show . Having said that it could easily have sounded generic but doesn't as her voice is so distinctive and she knows how to use it . I certainly would recommend this album to anyone whose a fan of Beyonce ,Ashanti , Brandy etc , although personally I think Fantasia could teach them all something
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it love it love it
I'm really glad I waited to purchase this cd. Although it's really old it still sounds fantastic. Big up Fantasia
Published 18 days ago by sharon scott
5.0 out of 5 stars good R&B but with a modern twist
I heard this your lady on a review in the states she had it hard but stuck to her guns and has become a top singer, there are so many around so she must have something special to... Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2010 by Gary Gilligan
1.0 out of 5 stars The film was betttttter
I bought this as I though this was the soundtrack.... HOW WRONG I WAS!!!! I love the film and for me this has ruined the magic! Plus she shouts during most of the album, why she? Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Drawer
Following her performances on AI3 i couldn't wait for her album to come out. When it did, i was not disappointed. Man, can this girl sing. Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2005 by Coolbreeze
2.0 out of 5 stars A waste of talent
This is an album that I had high expectations for, but it seems that (other than a couple tracks, which she'd performed on American Idol) the label pushed to try and fit a lowest... Read more
Published on 29 July 2005 by David W. Bruce-Casares
5.0 out of 5 stars fantasia free yourself
fantiasia is fantastic the lady has a voice which captures the moment all the song as out of this world
get the album
Published on 27 Jan 2005 by "kaz88"
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS WHAT I CALL A GOOD ALBUM!!!
now lets face it we all knew that Fantasia could sing but on this album she can really hit them notes i'd say vocally and lyrically that this is one of the best albums of the year... Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2005 by "pinky2005"
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