Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson

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by Jennifer Hudson
     
 

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The much-anticipated debut disc from Academy Award winner and American Idol alum Jennifer Hudson features the hot single, "Spotlight." See more details below

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The much-anticipated debut disc from Academy Award winner and American Idol alum Jennifer Hudson features the hot single, "Spotlight."

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Vocal effects, T-Pain, and Ludacris have their place -- pop-oriented R&B singles fronted by life-like automatons with limited range, for instance -- but beyond cynical sales interests, they make zero sense on a Jennifer Hudson album. Anyone who has heard Hudson sing, whether through American Idol, Dreamgirls, or even that baffling duet on Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell III, would know she is capable of carrying an album without trendy gimmickry and guest MCs. Few vocalists as young as Hudson have a voice that is as versatile and expressive, proficient enough to pull off a multi-dimensional set of R&B songs, yet her debut is as tricked out as that of an artist with a small fraction of the talent. Neither the treatments nor the accessories were necessary. She got them anyway. Lead single "Spotlight," released four months prior to the album, was both promising and satisfying, nearly a dead-center bull's-eye -- dramatic but not over the top, powerful but not a gratuitous fireworks display, a melancholy but striking midtempo track with a gently thumping four-four pulse. It's also the first song on the album and sets up a sequence of wild swings between direct hits and flailing misses. The latter is more common than the former. Hudson's voice is smoothed out through the fluttery "If This Isn't Love" (not to mention spiked with grating male grunts of "Hey!"), nearly unrecognizable until the point where she belts. During "Pocketbook," Hudson is in top attitudinal form, but she is washed out by Timbaland's overstuffed beatbox-driven production and Ludacris' outlandish freakishness. "What's Wrong (Go Away)," a ballad written and produced by T-Pain, who also guests, would be just fine without the auto-tune that is streaked across it. Excepting "Giving Myself" -- as in "Spotlight," she triggers flashbacks to the late, great Phyllis Hyman -- the slower material that allows her to stretch out tends to be dry; only so much life can be breathed into Diane Warren's "You Pulled Me Through," while "Invisible" is low-wattage self-upliftment suited for a vocal competition. Album number two will hopefully make drastic reductions in moments like these, as well as the guest spots -- unless, of course, Fantasia is onboard for a sequel to the old-school-flavored duet "I'm His Only Woman."
New York Daily News - Jim Farber
Hudson's meaty voice dovetails well with the tough or mature songs. She's one of R&B's few young singers whose voice has resisted the influence of modern mall culture to retain a sense of place - specifically the South, with its hold on soul.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2008
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0886970630320
catalogNumber:
706303

Tracks

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jennifer Hudson   Primary Artist
Larry Cox   Organ
Devin   Track Performer,Musician
Eddie Brown   Keyboards
Hannon B. Lane   Keyboards,Beat Box
Tony Reyes   Guitar
Espen Lind   Guitar
Pro-Jay   Drums
Kenya Ivey   Background Vocals
Tavia Ivey   Background Vocals
Tank   Musician
Robin Thicke   Background Vocals
Patrick "Guitarboy" Hayes   Guitar
P-1   Track Performer,Musician
Jack Splash   Track Performer,Musician
Jim Beanz   Beat Box
Jack Splash & the Love Life Orchestra   Track Performer,Musician
Underdogs   Musician

Technical Credits

Brian Kennedy   Audio Production
David Boyd   Engineer
Clive Davis   Producer,Audio Production
Larry Eaglin Jackson   Producer,Audio Production
Diane Warren   Composer
Tim Weidner   Engineer
Damon Thomas   Composer
Hannon B. Lane   Composer
Ron Taylor   overdub engineer,Guitar Engineer
Missy Elliott   Composer
Timbaland   Producer
Paul J. Falcone   Engineer
Espen Lind   Composer
Pro-Jay   Producer
Harvey Mason   Composer,Producer,Audio Production,Vocal Producer
Tom Eyen   Composer
James M. Wisner   Engineer
Andrew Hey   Engineer
Bill Molina   Engineer
Tim Mosley   Composer
Sean Cooper   Sound Design
Warryn Campbell   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Jamal Jones   Composer
Denise Trorman   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer
Tank   Producer
Tor Erik Hermanson   Arranger,Instrumentation
Dabling Harward   Engineer
Robin Thicke   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Demacio Castellon   Engineer
Bruce Buechner   Engineer
Chris Spilfogel   Engineer
Patrick "Guitarboy" Hayes   Arranger
Antonio Dixon   Composer
Henry Krieger   Composer
Shaffer Smith   Composer
Aaron Renner   Engineer
Jazmine Sullivan   Composer
Candice Nelson   Composer
Jack Splash   Arranger,Producer
T-Pain   Audio Production
Ne-Yo   Producer
Jim Beanz   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Arranger,Composer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Riley Mackin   Engineer
Tony Terrebonne   Engineer
Brian Kennedy   Producer
James "Scrappy" Stassen   Engineer
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott   Producer
Kurt Read   Engineer
Faheem Najm   Composer
Brian Seals   Composer
Theron M. Thomas   Composer
Tor Erik Hermansen   Composer
Polow da Don   Producer
Underdogs   Arranger,Producer

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