Since its international release last year, Freak of Nature—the follow-up to 2000's Not That Kind—has topped numerous European charts, selling more than 3 million copies and spawning two

Since its international release last year, Freak of Nature—the follow-up to 2000's Not That Kind—has topped numerous European charts, selling more than 3 million copies and spawning two hit singles ("Paid My Dues," "One Day in Your Life"). Without doubt, Anastacia is a major pop star everywhere in the world except in her red, white, and blue backyard. This situation may change with the sun-kissed Freak of Nature, a spiky mix of pop, rock, dance, and R&B/hip-hop. The empowering lead single "One Day in Your Life," has been embraced by radio and dancefloors. While potential follow-up singles are aplenty, the label should seriously consider the sisterly "I Thought I Told You That" (featuring Faith Evans) and the soaring, heartfelt power ballad "You'll Never Be Alone." Throughout, Anastacia's soul-drenched vocals remain front and center, where they belong.—MP