Like any pop star with a turbulent public life (and love) Fantasia has taken the happiness and heartache from her split with beau Antwaun Cook and spun it into an unforgettable studio LP. Her fifth one, Side Effects of You, comes at a time when Ms. Barrino is trying to regain the pop luster that had faded into sensational tabloid headlines. Being accused of seeing Cook when he was married, having a baby by Cook, attempting suicide reportedly over Cook — it ain’t hard to tell that, with so much of her relationship making it into the news, that it has also made it into this stellar LP. Here’s a track-by-track breakdown of Fantasia's latest.
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