Fantasy Ride

  • Record Label: La Face
  • Release Date: May 5, 2009
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Even if Ciara imaginatively develops the "Super C" superhero introduced in the disc's booklet, she and her collaborators will have to work extra hard on the next album to ensure that she does not stall in a creative cul de sac.
  5. While Fantasy Ride doesn't include as many obvious peaks as Ciara's previous discs, the only major disaster is 'Like a Surgeon,' which is filled with creepy, ill-conceived metaphors for sex and should not to be confused with Weird Al's "Like a Virgin" parody. And that makes Fantasy Ride Ciara's smoothest ride to date.
  6. If she's sweating, though, it's not audible. As per usual Ciara, a singer who prizes rhythm over texture and technical fluency, can't do much to outmaneuver the beats, which are consistently inventive here.
  7. 60
    Ciara is most comfortable in the nook of choreography-driven tracks....What Fantasy Ride lacks are the career-defining highs of songs like 'Promise' and 'Like a Boy,' songs that were romantic and indelible and altogether original.
  8. 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.
  9. The pros outweigh the cons on Fantasy Ride, but the overall experience might fall a little short for seasoned fans.
  10. 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.
  11. On her third release, the queen of the club wastes way too much time trying to convince the listener that she's some kind of chanteuse....When she puts the emphasis back on the groove, which is about half the album, however, Ciara soars.
  12. Ciara sounds a bit incidental on her third disc's dance jams. She fares even worse whenever the tempo drops, thanks to meek vocals and a stale sensibility.
  13. It's not just that 'Love Sex Magic' is the highlight, it's Fantasy Ride's only saving grace.
  14. 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.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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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  3. 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. Full Review »