Back to Me
Back to Me is Fantasia Barrino’s most down-to-earth album to date, full of organic, rough-hewn tunes that complement her sandpapery vocals. “Who’s Been Lovin’ You,” “Falling In Love Tonight” and “Even Angels” are perfectly acceptable modernistic tracks, but Fantasia really excels on “Collard Greens & Cornbread,” “Teach Me” and “Move On Me.” These songs don’t resort to the “retro chic” style of Amy Winehouse, but nonetheless display a simplicity and genuine passion that connects them to R&B of the '60s and '70s. The grooves are tight and tough with the authentic smack of snare and the bump of deep bass. The ingredients are mixed to perfection on “The Thrill Is Gone,” a song that leaves you hoping for a full-length collaboration between Fantasia and Cee-Lo. “Bittersweet” proves that proves that Fantasia’s voice is at its best unadorned; the listener is happiest when allowed to experience its nicks and dings, its gentle hoarseness.