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  • Summary: This third album for the Murder Inc. singer includes an appearance from Ja Rule.

Top Track

Only You
[ intro] i just want you to know that... through out it all... it's only you... that stuck by me... and for that... i thank you, i love... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Suffers from many of the same problems that tripped up its predecessor: too many skits, too few ideas and a voice that is neither hard nor particularly flowery.
  2. The album is hampered by needless skits and, at times, too slick production.
  3. It's no better or worse than her 2002 debut or 2003's Chapter II, with the standout singles, decent album cuts, and filler fluff provided in equal doses.
  4. Rolling Stone
    40
    She still can't project any personality of her own. [27 Jan 2005, p.58]
  5. A lack of originality and too much filler mark Ashanti more as a pedestrian than the princess she purports to be.
  6. The New York Times
    40
    So this album contains Ashanti's best and most adventurous selection of beats so far. Unfortunately, it also contains the sketchiest and most irritating batch of songs. [13 Dec 2004]
  7. Los Angeles Times
    38
    For all her lovesick panting, pleading and purring, Ashanti is never emotionally engaged with the songs, which aren't worth the trouble anyway. [2 Jan 2005]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 25
  2. Negative: 11 out of 25
  1. LarryK
    Mar 1, 2005
    10
    I love this album. It is ashanti's best album yet. Haters keep on hating because you'll ain't hurting ashanti. By The Way I love this album. It is ashanti's best album yet. Haters keep on hating because you'll ain't hurting ashanti. By The Way Faith Evans is not that talented!!!!!!!!!1 Expand
  2. kanys
    Jan 25, 2005
    10
    this album is great and i love ervery song on it.she is even better than before.let's give her credit for her hard work and dedication
  3. ShaniceG
    Jan 31, 2005
    8
    It's an ok album i luv Ashanti but 1 thang i didn't like about the album was that it really didn't have any tight featured It's an ok album i luv Ashanti but 1 thang i didn't like about the album was that it really didn't have any tight featured artist. Ashanti if u truly wanna do it big. U gotta have hot folks on yo album and give it your all! Expand
  4. GenaC
    Jan 10, 2005
    4
    Seriously weaker than her previous albums. "Turn it up" and "Only U" are good but not the rest
  5. BorisF
    Sep 24, 2006
    2
    YAWN...this album was boring with a capital B Ashanti tried and failed to squeeze any amount of emotion out of her voice, so when she sings YAWN...this album was boring with a capital B Ashanti tried and failed to squeeze any amount of emotion out of her voice, so when she sings both love songs and F U songs she sounds nieter "in love" or "in rage" she just sounds tired! the only things saving this album from the 0 star rating is the amazing production on "focus" and TI's amazing guest appearence on "still down" Expand
  6. L.Passionaka."Roc"B.
    Jan 27, 2005
    1
    1 is the amount of times I listened to the album because it lacks the thrill of reinvention. 1 is the amount of tracks that will help to keep 1 is the amount of times I listened to the album because it lacks the thrill of reinvention. 1 is the amount of tracks that will help to keep her name in the books-needs more. 1 is what she isn't anymore. 1 is what I hope she will strive for once mastering the techniques of being a true lyricist and vocalist comes into play.-2005 Expand
  7. philipa
    Jan 10, 2005
    0
    Ashanti and murda inc are OVER now let her album on the sleeves and buy from eminem

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