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I Remember Me [CD]

Jennifer Hudson Audio CD
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Best known for her role as Effie White in the 2006 film version of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls, vocalist/actress Jennifer Hudson was first brought to the public's attention while a contestant on the third season of the reality show vocal competition American Idol. Born in 1981 in Chicago, IL, Hudson sang from a young age, first performing in her church. ... Read more in Amazon's Jennifer Hudson Store

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  • Audio CD (25 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B004MRX8BA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,019 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. It's A Better Than Good Time
2. No One Gonna Love You
3. I Got This
4. Where You At
5. Angel
6. I Remember Me
7. Gone
8. Everybody Needs Love
9. Why Is It So Hard
10. Don't Look Down
11. Still Here
12. Feeling Good
13. Believe
14. Spotlight
15. Love Is Your Color

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The album title, I Remember Me, is based on a poem written by Grammy and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson and composed into a beautiful song co-written by Ryan Tedder (Beyonce’s "Halo" and Leona Lewis’ "Bleeding Love") that will be featured on the album. Additional writers and producers on the album include multi-award winners Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Rich Harrison, Ne-Yo and Stargate.

BBC Review

The success of TV talent show alumni is usually measured by how well they manage to separate themselves from their launchpad – whether they can transform their image from mere contestant to viable pop star convincingly. Jennifer Hudson, though, is arguably the most accomplished product of American Idol, what with an Oscar to go with her gold-certificated albums. And yet, for all her outsized talents, there still remains something of the ordinary girl next door about her.

In the three years since her eponymous debut, Hudson has been through more emotional turbulence than most. In 2008, she suffered tragedy when her sister's estranged husband murdered her mother, brother and nephew; the following year, she gave birth to her first child. The widespread expectation that she would use her second album as a direct form of catharsis was misplaced, though: bar a few non-committal references to past pain, that's simply not Hudson's style. Despite her powerhouse voice and ability to convey emotion, her presence is an understated one – as is her personality, given her apparent preference for vague generalities over hyper-specific detail.

Like her debut, I Remember Me is a curate's egg of an album. Hudson seems to have been able to make even the most excitable producers to calm down: Rich Harrison's contribution, the delicate, piano-driven No One Gonna Love You, is a far cry from the percussive drama he usually favours, while the military tattoo and gospel handclaps of Angel find Swizz Beatz in unusually restrained mode. Hudson excels on both, as well as on the pensive, Ne-Yo-penned Why Is It So Hard: as on her breakthrough hit Spotlight in 2008, her thoughtful, composed delivery is a natural fit for the finesse of his songwriting. The soaring Don't Look Down even has anthem potential: it's low-key here, but the house remix will explode.

But at heart, Hudson still seems as humble as any American Idol contestant still merely "happy to be here"; it makes her all the more endearing, but doesn't always bring her material to life. The less said about an ill-advised big band cover of Feeling Good the better, but what's most disappointing are the faux-inspirational cuts – the title-track, Still Here – whose triteness simply doesn't do Hudson justice. Surely, seven years on from her American Idol graduation, she should be leaving such stock songwriting behind?

--Alex Macpherson

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good album! She shines throughout. 25 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
Jennifer Hudson's debut was not a flop, not by 2008 standards.
It went gold and, thanks to being nominated alongside a mostly undeserving set of contemporaries, took the 2009 Grammy for Best R&B Album. However, a considerable amount of ill-suited material combined with obstructive guest appearances made it something of a misfire.
If the album was truly worthy of a Grammy, "I Remember Me" better run the ceremony's R&B table in 2012.
There is no lightweight pop, no beatbox-based Timbaland beats, no audible Auto-Tune -- no messing around.
Even the adult contemporary material -- the songs that function strictly as a platform for Hudson's powerhouse vocals -- packs more punch.
Most of the songwriters and producers who return from the debut, namely StarGate, Ne-Yo, and Harvey Mason, contribute positively here.
The shrewdest move was involving Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, and Salaam Remi.
"Angel", a euphoric testimonial written by Alicia Keys and co-produced by Keys and Swizz, sounds like it could have been made for Teena Marie, recalling "I Need Your Lovin'" while switching between tapping snares and a smacking four-four beat.
Keys and Swizz also team on "Everybody Needs Love", a hard disco throwback that is 80 percent slip-and-slide drums with a gorgeous, prancing chorus.
On "Don't Look Down", Keys and Remi (with Swizz handling the programmed drums) provide a boisterous and uplifting backdrop for one of Hudson's most gospel-rooted performances.
Remi also produces a bold interpretation of Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse's "Feeling Good" that surpasses every vocal version not recorded by Nina Simone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth getting a copy! 9 Aug 2014
By rmary2
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Really like a lot of songs on the album and it's less 'hit and miss' than her first release. There are a few b-sides that the album would have benefitted from being without and I'm not sure most of the tracks show off depth of her vocal ability and talent. However it's certainly an enjoyable album and one that I haven't bored of quickly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD 3 Dec 2013
By Vonney
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Loved this CD and what a voice. Loved all the tracks and what a fantastic version of "Feeling Good". I enjoyed her last CD too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than first album 28 July 2013
By Jude Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This album is better than Jennifer's first album release which although had a couple of good tracks on, was a bit dirgy in places. There's a few tracks which remind me of Beyonce but are much, much better. Happy with my purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice one JHud 10 July 2013
By Dee
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This sounded like it was a European release. Although JHud is great regardless, I prefer the US version of the songs to the Euro release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jennifer Hudson 4 Mar 2013
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great album - has it's own flavour and not one type of music. listen to it all the time at work
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