Fantasia eschews the de rigueur boatload of producers for her fourth album, focusing on a sound she's dubbed in press materials as "rock soul." Produced primarily by Harmony Samuels, the set finds the singer also flexing her songwriting muscles with the London transplant, as well as Emeli Sandé, Missy Elliott, Andrea Martin and Eric Bellinger. Discoursing on love and life in frank terms, Fantasia reps her rock soul concept most winningly on "End of Me," lead single "Lose to Win" (which samples the Commodores' "Nightshift") and the piercing title track.

Subscribe to billboard biz to continue reading this article and thousands more.

Billboard.biz subscribers get:
  • 24/7 coverage of every genre and sector of the business with over 150 exclusive charts
  • Bulletin: Breaking stories, chart info and analysis sent directly to your inbox every weekday
  • Billboard Magazine iPad Edition: An enhanced version of the magazine with video, photo galleries and playable charts
  • Archives: A rich history of Billboard.biz articles and exclusive charts

Join now or Log In