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Released: 24th January 2005.

Ashanti - Only UR&B princess Ashanti returns to the music scene on her own steam, after the disastrous "Rain On Me" only just managed to make the Top 20 in 2003, and having featured on one of the lowest selling No. 1s of all time with Ja Rule and R. Kelly. Fortunately, her comeback single "Only U" is far better, combining R&B, hip-hop and rock. This will no doubt broaden its appeal, so expect it to make the Top 5. "Only U" is not only the perfect single for those cold January mornings, but will probably be played in the clubs all year round.

* * * * * (Jabba Dubba)

Ashanti returns with her first single in over a year, and aside from the infectious chorus and futuristic, sophisticated production, "Only U" has little to truly offer. The lyrics are riddled with clichés, the verses are dull and go nowhere, and Ashanti's vocals are as weak and lifeless as ever.

* * * (Paul Matthews)

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