our score: 3.5 out of 5.0
introduced to the public long before the debut of her self-titled
album singing hooks for notable artists Ja Rule, J. Lo, Big Pun,
and Fat Joe. But now it's her turn to reap the benefits of her
is written to relate to situations the audience has experienced
in the trials and tribulations of relationships. Smooth and relaxed,
the entire album is very sexy and romantic. Fresh instrumentals
and beats melt under Ashanti's voice, which is best described
as a chocolatey, silky flowing river.
and "Happy" are two of the more upbeat tracks on the
album. "Leaving" is a essentially a remix (and re-use)
of Ja Rule's successful "Always On Time." The riffs
and chorus's are different, but the familiarity is very evident.
"Call" and "Scared" smooth things out a bit,
and do the best job of showcasing Ashanti's voice.
includes some memorable moments, but after listening straight
through the album doesn't leave a lasting impression. Few tracks
really show Ashanti's skills, and these unfortunately reside mostly
on the first half of the album. About halfway through something
gets lost in the mix; Ashanti's voice seems weaker and less noticeable,
and the instrumentals aren't quite as refined. Ashanti
is perfect for some background vibe, best served while relaxing
with someone special, it will definitely promote the right mood.
4. Leaving (Always on Time Part II)
5. Narrative Call (Skit)
12. Fight (Over Skit)
15. Shi Shi (Skit)
17. Thank You