‘The Way That I Love You’ songstress Ashanti has been away from radio and charts alike for sometime now, but that absence could soon be ending with the surfacing of her latest musical venture ‘Never Too Far Away’. The track, to be featured on the motion picture Dream House, sees Douglas leave her signature, decorative bass bumps and catchy hooks behind in favor of a stripped down piano arrangement to let her voice be the centerpiece.
With her 2008 release ‘The Declaration’ failing to make much of a statement on charts, fans and critics have been itching for its follow-up (which TGJ learned the songbird is readying for release in the coming months) to see if the ‘Good Good’ singer really has the goods.
Does Douglas deliver? You be the judge:
The number will work as proof of the singer’s ever improving vocal demonstrations. Often marked and mocked for a limited vocal ability, a number as simple as ‘Far’ would definitely evidence (as did ‘The Declaration’) that the songstress is on improvement’s road. Even in such, however, the overall feel of the song is dated and its simplicity works as a double-edged sword. Because, with that simplicity, comes the possibility of being boring…which, admittedly, the track did teeter on.
Soundtrack material, yes. Single? By no means.