A more confident-sounding Ashanti is onboard for her third time out. Powered by sensual lead single "Only You," "Concrete Rose" contains several other equally rhythmic jams.

A more confident-sounding Ashanti is onboard for her third time out. Powered by sensual lead single "Only You," "Concrete Rose" contains several other equally rhythmic jams. These include the bouncy "Still Down" featuring hookmeister du jour T.I. and the uptempo "Focus," one of several tracks produced by Seven Aurelius. Also of note is "Don't Let Them" and a duet with young R&B singer Lloyd, "Take Me Tonight." Despite such positives, the album is hampered by needless skits and, at times, too slick production - both of which lessen the gritty yet beautiful attitude of a "concrete rose." After several listens, fans won't be surprised to find themselves hoping for Ashanti to let loose and seriously get down. A bonus track - a remix of "Wonderful" featuring Ja Rule - closes the album on a high. - GM

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