I Believe / Chain of Fools / Summertime Single
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My only complain with "I Believe" is the same I had with the first "American Idol" CD-Single for Kelly Clarkson, which is that I actually prefer the emotional touch of the official song sung on the show to the polished studio version. That is the memory I have of watching "American Idol" the last week of season three. The woman feeds off of her audience and dollars to donuts she will always come across better live than in the studio. On "Chain of Fools" big props to the producer, who comes up with a funkier beat for the classic, which makes it easier for Fantasia to provide her own take on the song (note how she powers through on the final note of the bridge). "Summertime" is one of the great American songs of all-time and the contrast between Fantasia's vocals versus the string section and the rest of the jazz bits is nice, although I would probably strip down the instrumentation even more to focus on the voice even more.
So you have one gospel, one R&B, and one jazz song for this debut solo effort, which reinforces the range of what Fantasia is going to be able to do in the future.Read more ›
Both Fantasia and Diana have totally different voices, but I consider them both really good singers. I do think Fantasia should have won American Idol because she has a more versatile range and a more interesting voice. Not sure what all the comments about the screeching is about. If this is true the statements of some of the commentators would apply to the style of Patti Labelle, Christina Aguilera and even Aretha Franklin herself. All these singers have their own style and can tend to "screech" but each of these singers is also an original. As Paula would say, Fantasia takes any song and "makes it her own." Definitely not a cookie-cutter type voice, which is why I think she deserved to win.
Comments and Ratings of the Songs:
---I Believe (3.5 stars) - Nice song. Like many commenters I do think the AI version on TV was better. The "live" version gave me chills it was so good. This version is good but I do think some of the passion of the TV rendition is missing.
---Chain of Fools (3.75 stars) - This one I initially thought was Okay. I think I am still much influenced by Aretha's version. After listening to it a few times, it is a very nice rendition. The arrangement is different, so if you are looking for a note-by-note version of ARetha's this is not it. This has more of a hip-hop arrangement instead of the Classic Soul type arrangement. I like it now, but you do have to listen to it a few times. LIke many commenters, I think she does need to lose some of the "yeah, yeah's." These can be distracting and you find yourself listening for them.
---Summertime (5 stars) - This is Fantastic.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Fantasia. She is an amazing talent and her song choice is purely awesome. You'll love this work of art.Published on February 27, 2014 by Richard Q
It's awesome. Even though it's just a single, it is so relaxing and empowering. This is the girl America fell in love with for a reason.Published on November 27, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I can't really rate this, as I did not know this was a 45record - I have nothing to play this on -so it is sitting on the shelf.Published on January 30, 2010 by Julie Zehnder
I sincerely loved this product. I purchased it for a friend and he was bowled over by it.Published on May 13, 2009 by Evelyn R. Hicks
The club in Mobile, AL was bumping "Chain of Fools" and I had to have this CD. It is a good reminder of how Fantasia took over American Idol.Published on February 12, 2007 by A. Hill
Not much to say about these songs because tasia is in a league of her own so what's more to say that this is the best single produced by an american idol really amazing. Read morePublished on November 19, 2005 by Terron Strachan
This is truly an american idol classic.
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Nothing on AI this year has come even close to Fantasia singing "Summertime". I still get goose bumps thinking about it.Published on May 3, 2005 by Rachel M. Johnson