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

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: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 886970630320
  • Catalog Number: 706303

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
The Underdogs Musician
Technical Credits
Brian Kennedy Audio Production
David Boyd Engineer
Clive Davis Producer, Audio Production
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Larry Eaglin Jackson Producer, Audio Production
Diane Warren Composer
Tim Weidner Engineer
Damon Thomas Composer
Hannon B. Lane Composer
Ron Taylor Digital Editing, overdub engineer, Guitar Engineer
Missy Elliott Composer
Timbaland Producer
Paul J. Falcone Engineer
Espen Lind Composer
Pro-Jay Producer
Harvey Mason Jr. 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
The Underdogs Arranger, Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    It was worth the wait!!!

    I have been waiting patiently for Ms. Hudson to drop this CD. I was very concerned that it was going to be a floop when all the spotlight was on her oscar win for Dreams girls, which by the way was a FABOULUS movie. She was one of my favorites on American Idol. She was on the season with Fantasia who one. Jennifer got dropped early in the competition, but it seemed that it only advance her career as an actress and now finally a music artist. If you think she did a wonderful job with the singing in Dream girls, wait until you hear this cd. She has 2 tracks that are kinda upbeat that I don't particularly care for, but the other remaining tracks are hot! Some of my favorites are #5 with TPain, #8, #4(great wedding song..real tear jerker) and #9 is my ultimate favorite. <BR/><BR/>I'm not sure what the other review was listening to, this is a great CD. You may have to listen to it more than once to get a feel for it. So many times you buy a CD and the only good track is the one they play on the radio. I think she did a great job and perhaps waiting to make a good CD was well worth the wait. You go Jennifer!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Jennifer Hudson

    Worth the wait, excellent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Guaranteed goose bumps

    I'm a huge fan of Hudson and this cd is a favorite of mine for sure. Her voice fills the room and the listener. Her talent puts her right up there with Tina, Etta and the great Ella. As long as life does not beat her down, she'll be with us - and we'll be better off for it. Thanks Jennifer.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I love Jennifer!

    I love this album! The girl can just flat out blow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    JHud is great

    I have had it on rotation in my cd-changer since I bought it. It's a classic.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Absolute powerhouse voice

    I simply just say that Jhud is wonderful, her voice is beautiful and just about every sone on this CD is excellent...love pocketbook (luda was th perfect rap guest star for this song)

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great

    Great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Homerun for Hudson

    There's no doubt this girl can sing and this album is a testament to that. Great mix of songs including one gospel number that is beautiful. A great album for her and her fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very refreshing and hits home in many ways!!!

    The album on a whole is beautiful and I can groove to it anytime of the day. The songs are inspirational and real. I love pocket book as it shows a very sassy Jennifer. She has songs that touch the heart as well. Wonderful CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Finally

    Finally Jennifer Hudson's album is here. It is great. I love it and you will too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Soulful

    Jennifer Hudson has to be one of the freshest voices in the R&amp amp B world in a long time. The album is proof of that, it's very soulful. However I would prefer more uptempo songs. This is a nice effort.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    American Idol Contestant

    Jennifer Hudson out did herself with this smashing CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love her, not sure about the album

    Songs that stand out...Spotlight, If This Isn't Love, Can't Stop the Rain, and I'm His Only Woman. The rest of it is disposable.

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