Ashanti turns another page in her career with this, her sophomore set.
Ashanti turns another page in her career with this, her sophomore set. The follow-up to the artist's multi-platinum self-titled debut, "Chapter II" doesn't stray too far from its predecessor. Lead single "Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)," with its lightweight R&B vibe, follows a similar formula that turned previous singles like "Baby" and "Happy" into crossover hits. Ashanti gets personal on the midtempo "Living My Life." The autobiographical song gives listeners a look inside the heart and soul of this rising starlet. While these tracks prove to be Ashanti's strong suit, the songstress falters on a cover of the Fatback Band classic "I Found Lovin'." While she makes an admirable attempt, her take lacks the flavor and sparkle of the original. Aptly named, "Chapter II" is definitely from the same songbook.—RH