BN.com Gift Guide

Identified

( 13 )

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Ever savvy, Disney started launching the post-High School Musical careers of the franchise's stars while it was still in full swing by having Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgens make albums with a more mature sound than most Radio Disney fare. Hudgens' debut album, V, was her first step toward a less overtly Disney-affiliated career: released by the studio's Hollywood label, it used Christina Aguilera's soulful pop as a template; even if its songs were a bit faceless, they had surprisingly sophisticated production values. Almost two years passed between V and its follow-up, Identified. That's a long time in Disney terms, especially considering how quickly they release ...
See more details below
CD
$13.83
BN.com price
(Save 1%)$13.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (12) from $1.99   
  • New (4) from $1.99   
  • Used (8) from $1.99   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Ever savvy, Disney started launching the post-High School Musical careers of the franchise's stars while it was still in full swing by having Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgens make albums with a more mature sound than most Radio Disney fare. Hudgens' debut album, V, was her first step toward a less overtly Disney-affiliated career: released by the studio's Hollywood label, it used Christina Aguilera's soulful pop as a template; even if its songs were a bit faceless, they had surprisingly sophisticated production values. Almost two years passed between V and its follow-up, Identified. That's a long time in Disney terms, especially considering how quickly they release anything related to star attractions like High School Musical. Identified isn't drastically different from V -- Hudgens still sings about love, dancing, and hanging with her girls, and once again, the production outclasses the songs and the singing. With work by Kasz Money's Doctor Luke, Benny Blanco, and J.R. Rotem, the album sounds more playful, more elaborate, and trendier than it has to: "Last Night" builds from a bouncing beat into whispered backing vocals, acoustic slide guitar licks, and warm electric pianos, while "First Bad Habit" segues from chugging electric guitars to breathy electro-pop and back again. Borrowing from Gwen Stefani, Nelly Furtado, Fergie, and Rihanna, Identified plays like a simulation of a state-of-the-art pop album. However, strangely for an album named Identified, these songs skip from sound to sound, hoping that some of them will stick. Hudgens just doesn't have the presence or pipes to pull off a hip-hop-tinged dancefloor anthem like "Hook It Up" or an intimate ballad like "Paper Cut," which feels like a Disneyfied version of Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love." The best moments here turn Hudgens' weaknesses into strengths: her vocals aren't powerful, but they are malleable, perfect for tweaking into fembot pop like "Amazed" and the title track. Though there are a couple of truly strange moments here that may or may not be intentionally campy, such as "Party on the Moon" and "Sneakernight," which features lyrics like "Did you eat?" and a surprisingly good Aguilera impersonation from Hudgens, there are also a couple of genuinely impressive moments: "Did It Ever Cross Your Mind" could be a legitimate pop hit, and the slightly jazzy "Gone with the Wind" makes her transition from Disney star to a more mature singer more convincing. Despite a few stumbles, Identified achieves its goal: it anticipates that Hudgens' fans will outgrow High School Musical soon enough, and gives her a better chance of staying relevant to them as they move on to other kinds of pop music.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/2008
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • UPC: 050087122737
  • Catalog Number: 000205202
  • Sales rank: 102,465

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Last Night (3:10)
  2. 2 Identified (3:21)
  3. 3 First Bad Habit (3:02)
  4. 4 Hook It Up (2:52)
  5. 5 Don't Ask Why (3:10)
  6. 6 Sneakernight (2:59)
  7. 7 Amazed (2:59)
  8. 8 Don't Leave (3:08)
  9. 9 Paper Cut (2:47)
  10. 10 Party on the Moon (3:50)
  11. 11 Did It Ever Cross Your Mind (3:10)
  12. 12 Gone with the Wind (6:00)
  13. 13 [CD-Rom Track]
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vanessa Hudgens Primary Artist, Vocals
Cathy Dennis Background Vocals
Scott Jacoby Drums, Electric Guitar, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer, Mini Moog, Juno
Jack Daley Bass Guitar
Tyrone Johnson Bass, Electric Guitar
Kara DioGuardi Background Vocals
Walter Afanasieff Piano
Emanuel Kiriakou Piano, Keyboards
Leah Haywood Background Vocals
Allen Towbin Slide Guitar
Christopher Rojas Vocals
Windy Wagner Background Vocals
Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald Drums, Keyboards
Nasri Atweh Vocals
Technical Credits
Cathy Dennis Composer
Scott Jacoby Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Pat Thrall Engineer, Digital Editing
Kara DioGuardi Composer
Walter Afanasieff Composer
Nigel Lundemo Engineer, drum programming
Max Martin Composer
Emanuel Kiriakou Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Antonina Armato Composer, Producer
Beau Dozier Composer
James McCartney Composer
Enny Joo Art Direction
Emily Wright Engineer
Leah Haywood Programming, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Daniel James Programming, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Matty Green Engineer, Digital Editing
Christopher Rojas Composer, Producer, Engineer
Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald Composer, Programming
Zukhan Bey Composer, drum programming
J.R. Rotem Composer, Producer
Brandon Howard Composer
Jason Recon Coons Engineer
Matt Beckley Producer, Engineer, Vocal Editing
Greg Ogan Engineer
Steve Hammons Engineer, drum programming
Devrim "DK" Karaoglu Composer, Producer, drum programming
Adam Messinger Composer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 13 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(6)

4 Star

(6)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(1)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 13 Customer Reviews
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    About half

    I liked this cd a lot. the best song was hook it up

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This sucks!

    Seriously, what happened to the Vanessa we all know and love? She should stop trying to be someone she's not. She can really only sing High School Musical songs. I believe she can sing, just stuff she's good at, not these stupid songs. Her songs are repetative and weird, don't waste your money on something like this.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love this album!

    This new album has a different tune/sound in each song no song is the same.So you hear varities of vanessas awesome voice. Sneakernight wasnt a hit to me but i love amazed,idenitfied,first bad habit,hook it up,papercut, basically all the other songs. my all time favorite so far is Amazed because vanessa and lil mama have two different voices and in this song it comes together and should be her next single because i know it will be a #1 hit!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pretty Good

    WOW! A big surprise. It was pretty good. I really liked amazed,sneakernight,and hook it up.The rest were okay.The only one I didn't reaaly like was party on the moon. It was confusing.I liked it a lot. Good Work! :)

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Last Night - Best Song On Album

    Vanessa's voice really comes through in this album, especially in Last Night and Gone With The Wind. This girl will really go places once she leaves behind the restraints of Hollywood Records, who doesn't seem to know she exists. They are making a big mistake in ignoring this talented singer. I expect her singing career to soar once she signs with a new record label.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    vanessa hudgens is such an amazing singer,and she proves to us that she CAN sing. once again, another amazing album from vanessa hudgens. 5 STARS*! keep on rockin vanessa!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Vanessa rocks!

    Vannessa is a beautifully talented girl that puts alot of rymthum and beat into her music. Thaty's why i luv her sooooooooooo much! She's such a great actress and singer.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun, catchy pop album!

    For almost 2 weeks since its release, I have been playing Vanessa Hudgens' 2nd album, Identified! It is very catchy all the way through. Better than her debut, which didn't pull me in as much. Sneakernight is the current hit, but Amazed with Lil' Mama outdoes it by miles! And I also like Party On the Moon, Cross Your Mind, Gone With the Wind, Hook It Up, Don't Ask Why and others. Vanessa has a solid album with some hooky and catchy choruses. I like how she stretched it up with newer producers to update her sound. The ballads sound more mature and the uptempo songs are so funky. And Vanessa sounds better vocally here than she is on local TV. The album has a certain slickness to it but it's the right kind of album to play in the summer.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 13 Customer Reviews