August 11, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it a B

After exploring her sensitive side on Broadway in The Color Purple, the American Idol champion returns to tough-talking R&B on her third ? studio disc. ”If you gon’ be the man, then be the man,” she growls on the Ne-Yo-produced ”Man of the House,” and Back to Me rarely gets bubblier than that. Fantasia’s rough-hewn vocals shine best on ”The Thrill Is Gone,” which features a similarly raspy ?Cee-Lo Green. B

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