Catapulting Us Into Her Fantasyland

Pulling us unexpectedly into a realm unusual to her style, Fantasia is back with a soulful song that sounds beyond its years, and a profound message.

Fantasia is backFantasia knows how to win

Fantasia Barrino is a go-getter. So if she wants to throw around advice as to how to "win" something in a song, I'll listen. You may want to as well, given it's no easy feat to win American Idol. As I've said in previous reviews, winning the competition is not enough, you have to win over the music industry to stay relevant long after the show.

What do you think — has she succeeded?

Her hits "I Believe" in 2005 and "When I See You" in 2006 had listeners smitten and impressed. "I Believe," according to Us Weekly, put Fantasia not only at #1 on the Billboard chart, but made her the "first solo artist to hit #1 on their first appearance." Her résumé also includes Grammy nominations and awards, famous collaborations (i.e., Missy Elliot, Patti LaBelle and Babyface, to name a few) and Us Weekly has her as the first Idol alum to have acted on Broadway. And when you appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show, there's got to be something special about you.

Did she fly under the radar or was she gone for a few years?

She was never gone; she has kids, and has had a few troubles and a lot of projects. Between movies and her reality show, music hasn't necessarily taken a backseat, but she has announced she was working on a new album titled The Side Effects of You, according to Atlanta Black Star.

Does the new single impress or disappoint?

It's unanimous that Fantasia is original in her execution, but this track propels her into a new light, where listeners may be impressed by the uniqueness of the song. It's earthy and rich, soulful and introspective, sad but optimistic. I really like the beauty in this song, which is derived from the maturity of both her voice and the lyrics:

Have you ever needed someone so bad?
But he ain’t willing to make it last,
Sometimes you gotta lose to win again.

Well, good for you, Fantasia! Strong lyrics about not settling for the negative, and moving on to find the positive.

In an article from Atlanta Black Star on Ms. Barrino's latest release, they claim that this song is not about a guy, but is a "metaphor for her career." Perhaps. But to me, it sounds too personal and too pained to not have some relevancy to a past love. What do you think, readers? Is she telling the truth? Listen and let me know what you think!

Photo courtesy of DJDM/

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Comments on "Music review: Fantasia "Lose to Win""

Bernie March 23, 2013 | 4:51 PM

I love me some Fantasia! I've been a fan since Idol. I was happy to see her again, back where she belongs, keep the music comin girl! Love the new hit, lose to win...

Viictoria Grove January 20, 2013 | 6:39 PM

I have been following Fantasia since AI3. This woman is a true find in the world of music. I have been impressed with her ability to provide honesty and intimacy to a ballad. At the same time she is probably the best live female performer since Tina Turner and Patti LaBelle. I can't seem to get enough of her music. She has been in the industry 10 years now and has amassed quite an array of awards, and respect. The new single shows another side of Fantasia's musical talent with a maturity and balanced vocal interpretation. The song is beautiful and Fantasia makes it even better. I hope more people who love true artistry will listen in and become among the die-hard Fantasia fans. I am honored to be able to write this review.

unc in the house January 16, 2013 | 4:51 PM

I'm a huge fantasia fan and I'm happy she's doing another album and hope this time around people will take notice and give her the props she deserves. Hope she make more videos and hope they will release some of her performances when she was in concert because her concerts are really amazing.Her voice live is amazing all by itself.This young lady is the truth. Continue to 'Do You' Fantasia.

Marshel Crittenden January 14, 2013 | 2:47 PM

Great review! I think instead of tearing someone that is trying to find themselves like we haven't made mistake is terrible. But this was a positive and beautiful review just like the song. I like the background music of "Nightshift." Good job Tasia!!!

Bay Area Beauty January 11, 2013 | 11:55 AM

I love Fantasia! Can't wait to hear more

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