End of Me
Label: RCA RECORDS LABEL
Sometimes you've got to lose to win again," sings Fantasia on "Lose to Win" over music lifted from the Commodores' "Night Shift." It could be a motto for this overachieving American Idol champ whom few expected to sustain stardom beyond her heavily promoted debut. Her raison d'etre is slow-cooked ballads with just enough youthful spark to keep them on the rap and R&B charts; oddly, she packs the best two at the end, "End of Me" and "In Deep." Other highlights include "Without Me," a sassy trio with Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott, and the swinging old-school soul of "Get It Right.