I bought this album after hearing "Spotlight" on the radio. If the rest of the album had been like that, I would have been very happy. However, despite Jennifer's amazing voice, I found myself a little disappointed. Apart from "Spotlight", none of the songs seemed that memorable to me. I really wanted to like it more, but it's just that it wasn't that remarkable. Most of the songs are soulful ballads, but they seem to be slightly lacking in the kind of soul that made, for instance, Aretha Franklin's music so brilliant.
Jennifer Hudson is definitely a talent to watch, and I will certainly check out her work in the future. However, this wasn't quite up to the standard I was expecting. I really wanted to give it 4 stars, because she sure can sing and it should be good, but I just don't feel I can stretch to it. It's good, so it get's 3 stars, but it isn't great.