written by Carla Bynum
On July 29th, Fantasia released her fifth studio album The Definition Of… under RCA records and 19 Recordings. The album was supported by two singles, “No Time for It” and “Sleeping with the One I Love.”
It’s a common belief by some men that all women are crazy but it’s rare for women to admit it. On the album opener “Crazy,” Fantasia admits that she’s young, black, and missing a screw and in order to be with her, her man has to be equally as crazy.
Fantasia seeks revenge against her man on the following track because she caught him cheating and in order to get back at him she decides to do the same. She’s feeling “So Blue” because she acted in the moment and wishes she could take her actions back and handled things differently. She hasn’t spoken to him in about four days and she hasn’t slept since. She’s crazy over him and wants things back to the way they were.
Fantasia thanks her ex for the lessons he taught her in life on the song “When I Met You.” Her ex taught her what not to tolerate in her current relationship and to never chase after a man who doesn’t deserve her. If she hadn’t gone through the things she went through with her ex, she wouldn’t have realized how amazing her now husband is.
The album’s second single “Sleeping with the One I Love” is a bold song with an old school feel to it. Fantasia’s love life hasn’t been easy and now that she has found true love, she wants to broadcast her love for her husband. She has learned how to differentiate between a good man and a man that’s good enough for her. The song was written by R. Kelly.
Singer-Songwriter Stacy Barthe and Fantasia encourage listeners to “Stay Up” no matter what’s happening in their lives. Sometimes life can be tough but it’s important to get back up when things knock you down. The song is produced by Ron Fair and Dylan Wiggins.
Fantasia shows listeners her country side with the song “Ugly.” She starts the song off with a story of herself in high school and how she felt when her parents got divorced and she started acting out. She also tells the story of a woman who isn’t happy living with a wealthy man who she thought would make her happier but she isn’t. Fantasia has said that she believes the most beautiful thing is waking up every day being herself. She encourages listeners to do the same.
Fantasia steps outside of her comfort zone on the electro-pop dance song “Wait for You.” The song starts off with a phone conversation where Fantasia asks her man if he will wait for her and he tells her he will always wait for her. If she can’t get away with her love, one night will do. The song was produced by London electronic dance music producer and DJ GRADES. His music is known to incorporate elements of Hip Hop, Disco, R&B, 2-step, and House.
Fantasia wonders how she has managed to stay grounded with all the ups and downs in her life. She reflects on how she was a small town girl who brought the town a victory but she was still unhappy. “Rollercoasters” also features vocals by Aloe Blacc.
Fantasia addresses self-love on the song “Lonely Legend.” Everybody loves this particular woman but she can’t seem to love herself enough.
Gospel singer Tye Tribbett joins Fantasia on the album’s closer “I Made It.” Fantasia has made it through the storm although the enemy tried to take her out. The song is empowering and beautiful and shows the importance of fighting through the storm to see the sunshine on the other side.
The Definition Of… covers several genres and truly shows Fantasia’s range. We are used to hearing soulful R&B music from the powerhouse vocalist but she shows us that she can hold her own in other music styles as well. The album is an eclectic body of work and because of that it lacks consistency at some times, however, it is touching and empowering throughout.
Recommended Tracks: “When I Met You,” “Ugly,” “Stay Up,” “I Made It”