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3.0 out of 5 stars Better to come..., 22 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: I Remember Me (Audio CD)
On Jennifer Hudson's `I Remember Me', gone are the days of that real R'n'B club feel you got from `Spotlight' and the rest of her debut release. Instead you'll find a collection of immaculately produced piano driven ballads. Instead of embracing that more hard R&B sound of her debut, `I Remember Me' sticks to more mainstream beats that wouldn't sound out of place on a Leona Lewis release.

With the songwriting/production credits including Alicia Keys, Ryan Tedder, Ne-Yo, Stargate and R Kelly, my expectations were quite high. Unfortunately I have to admit I was largely disappointed. That fantastic voice still lives on but the material here is average at best. Outside of lead single `Where You At', the stand out tracks are few and far between and come in the form of `Why Is It So Hard' (penned by Ne-Yo) and `Gone', which takes a strong beat and blends with the acoustic guitar and some synthesized sounds. Infectious and `alternative' but done better by Leona Lewis in a similar vain with her track `Naked'.
Anyone wondering how Hudson's much publicized struggles take form here you'll find out on `Still Here' where the tragedy she has faced is beautifully incorporated in this Dianne Warren ballad.

The best way to describe the album is pleasant but forgettable. There is a somewhat summery feel across the whole album except for the big brass banded, motown tinged cover of `Feeling Good', where you pause to wonder why Jennifer doesn't explore this sound a little more.

I have to say, I think Jennifer Hudson is a really great role model. To go from Disney alumni to leaving the early stages of `American Idol' as an underdog and become an Academy Award winning actress is inspiration defined and a message to everyone everywhere to never give up on yourself. With her more recent personal tragedies I was really rooting for her on this new release. I still think there is enormous potential in making a great record of original material but she is yet to find the most effective direction for this.

I will add that the UK edition does include 'Spotlight' and from Sex & the City 2, a duet with Leona Lewis 'Love is your Color'. I have no qualms including these. Just a little shame they outshine the newer material.
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Initial post: 25 Apr 2011 08:51:08 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Nov 2011 22:30:53 GMT
MJ King says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2011 00:15:04 BDT
Benson says:
Thank you! Unfortunately a lot of people can't take real reviews here. Although I guess if you're a major fan, a review that isn't full on raving about the artist is "unhelpful" hahaha. I honestly wanted to love it though! I think it was silly to completely move away from the r'n'b sound because she does that well. I don't think her fan base is adult enough to get away with all ballads. You make a great suggestion though. She could make a killer covers album of vintage r'n'b and soul. That's why she was so good in dreamgirls...

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2011 14:00:09 BDT
there's unfortunately just a dirth of good rnb around these days, thats the problem here, it's not Jennifer who's amazing but the songs here are so bland for the most part it beggers belief her record company released it without some better material.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 May 2011 13:05:37 BDT
Benson says:
I think they are silly. They could have cashed in on some great collaborations. I'd imagine there would be a lot of singers that would work with her in a heartbeat. I think she'd do a covers album a lot of justice... especially if it included some respected collaborations along the lines of Aretha Franklin, Jill Scott, Joss Stone etc.
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