Free Yourself

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Idol winner is predictable but powerful.

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Mostly good stuff for girls.


Hints of sexual activity, such as "You had her in my car."


The "N" word is used once, to describe a loser boyfriend.


The TV tie-in is obvious.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Nothing obvious.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fantasia's debut CD is mostly harmless, and she uses her magnificent voice to deliver predictable girl-power messages. You may want to note that the "N" word is used once to describe a loser boyfriend.

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Teen, 16 years old Written bymc2004 April 9, 2008


This is a very nice R&B debut. Fantasia proves she has an excellent voice, and the excellent producers here (Missy Elliot, Rodney Jerkins, Jazze Pha) n... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byWuvBooks April 9, 2008



What's the story?

Like her predecessors on American Idol, Fantasia's fantastic voice won her a record deal, but unlike Kelly, Clay, and Ruben, she also won attentive production standards and backup musicians on her FREE YOURSELF album. It's nice to see the American Idol machine taking better care of its fledgling artists, and Fantasia has a voice and style that rise to the occasion. The songs seem calculated to appeal to young girls, with a couple of "You don't treat me right so get out of my life" themes, a few sentimental love -- and lost-love -- songs, and respectful covers of "You Were Always On My Mind" and "Summertime."

Is it any good?

One notable high point on the CD is "Baby Mama," a stylish and spirited anthem in support of young single mothers that doesn't shy away from the tough stuff ("I see you paying your bills/I see you working your job/I see you going to school/And girl I know it's hard"). Fantasia gets some A-list help from Missy Elliott, who produced and co-wrote three tracks and performs on "Selfish (I Want U 2 Myself)," and Jermaine Dupree, who produced "Got Me Waiting." But it's "Baby Mama" and "Truth Is" that steal the show with powerful vocals and lovingly produced classic R&B instrumental tracks.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to treat someone in a relationship. You can also use "Baby Mama" to talk to your kids frankly about the hardships of young, single parenthood.

Music details

  • Artist: Fantasia Barrino
  • Release date: November 23, 2004
  • Label: J Records
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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