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  • Summary: The third album for the Atlanta, Georgia singer features guest appearances by Missy Elliot, Justin Timberlake, The-Dream, Ludacris, Chris Brown, and Young Jeezy.

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Work
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. At her best, her pace is furious, and keeping up is exhilarating.
  2. Her solo turn on the morning-after ballad 'I Don't Remember' hints at something deeper under the high-gloss sheen
  3. Originally intended as a triptych divided into one hip-hop-flavored disc, another featuring futuristic club cuts and yet another of seductive ballads, this final version is intriguing but inconsistent.
  4. Fantasy Ride is at worst a highly competent contemporary R&B album. It's also oftentimes thrilling, which is no small feat considering how much the album was labored over and how often its format and players were changed.
  5. On 'High Price,' where she takes her vocals to an opera-like pitch, and her collaboration with the-Dream, 'Lover's Things,' whose faint tenor would seem like an ideal match, Ciara seems to go almost unnoticed. Thankfully, 'Work,' featuring Missy Elliott, has Ciara showing fly-girl antics over a house-like, clap-laden production, and the breakup song 'Never Ever,' featuring Young Jeezy, which samples 'If You Don't Know Me by Now,' pick up the slack.
  6. The pros outweigh the cons on Fantasy Ride, but the overall experience might fall a little short for seasoned fans.
  7. A few brilliant left turns that feel almost accidental mixed in with a sort of end-times hunger for a top-40 audience that doesn't seem to exist anymore.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. KeenanC
    May 13, 2009
    10
    Though it does have the usual collaborators and featured guest Fantasy Ride has a plethora of different tracks ranging from hip-hop (High Though it does have the usual collaborators and featured guest Fantasy Ride has a plethora of different tracks ranging from hip-hop (High Price) to RnB (Whats your name). All the songs on the album have potential to be singles, and all of them being strong vocally with the strong hot beat. I think Fantasy Ride is the best album out in 2009! Expand
  2. May 7, 2015
    10
    The reviews for this album make me almost insanely, unreasonably angry. A pop masterpiece that flows from sick nasty dance floor explosions toThe reviews for this album make me almost insanely, unreasonably angry. A pop masterpiece that flows from sick nasty dance floor explosions to a trio of late album slow-down jaw-droppers, it'll never be done again. This was the Ciara breakout and still sounds fresh 6 years later. Play the last 3 tracks in a row for your friends and watch their jaws drop. Expand
  3. Dec 10, 2012
    10
    This album is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING and so underrated. Her sexy voice, her slow jamz, her seductive lyrics are compelling and outstanding. I wishThis album is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING and so underrated. Her sexy voice, her slow jamz, her seductive lyrics are compelling and outstanding. I wish she can get the recognition she deserves. Their is not one track on here that I dont enjoy. This album is a masterpiece. Expand
  4. LukeM
    May 7, 2009
    8
    If this album had shown up in stores without every song having leaked first, peoples' reactions would be much more positive. Reviewing If this album had shown up in stores without every song having leaked first, peoples' reactions would be much more positive. Reviewing it based solely on song quality, the production is inventive and modern, and the album is highly listenable from front to back (unlike Goodies and The Evolution, which both trailed off into treacly ballads). Ciara sounds good and shows off a harder edge to her personality, but balances this with more emotional tracks like "Lover's Thing" and "Never Ever", ensuring she doesn't dehumanize herself. (Ok, "Never Ever" isn't very good, but it's the biggest misstep here). The deluxe edition is also even better - Echo and I'm On should have made the standard edition. Expand
  5. May 13, 2015
    6
    Track by track review:
    1. Ciara to the Stage 8/10
    2. Love Sex Magic 5.5/10 3. High Price 3/10 4. Turntables 4.5/10 5. Like a Surgeon 7/10
    Track by track review:
    1. Ciara to the Stage 8/10
    2. Love Sex Magic 5.5/10
    3. High Price 3/10
    4. Turntables 4.5/10
    5. Like a Surgeon 7/10
    6. Never Ever 3/10
    7. Lover's Thing 6/10
    8. Work 9.5/10
    9. Pucker Up 9/10
    10. G Is for Girl (A–Z) 8/10
    11. Keep Dancin' on Me 6.5/10
    12. Tell Me What Your Name Is 6.5/10
    13. I Don't Remember 6/10

    Highlight: Work
    Potential singles: Love Sex Magic, Never Ever, Work, Ciara to the Stage, Like a Surgeon
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  6. May 24, 2011
    5
    Its ashame that Ciara has made these far from amazing albums. If she were to take the singles and the few album tracks that arent filler fromIts ashame that Ciara has made these far from amazing albums. If she were to take the singles and the few album tracks that arent filler from each of her albums she would create an amazing r&b record. But alas, we're stuck with ripping discs onto our laptops and making them playlists. Expand
  7. ClifC
    May 7, 2009
    3
    "Goodies" and "1, 2 Step" period is really far far far from her now. And we can feel it so deeply: The electronic sounds are (almost "Goodies" and "1, 2 Step" period is really far far far from her now. And we can feel it so deeply: The electronic sounds are (almost everytime) naive and badly used. No personnality. No standout track ("Never Ever" and "Work" being very good songs though, almost standout tracks). Recyclage ("High Price" being a "Oh!, Part 2" for example). The artists featuring on this album were predictable. Not only the artists, but the album in itself is predictable. Expand

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