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VINE VOICEon 14 October 2008
.......... great voice as was shown on American Idol & the hit film Dreamgirls.

Jennifer Hudson has a real 'old school' soul voice but is trying to sell records to modern R'n'B fans.

And I think that's why some people, including me, are a bit disappointed with this CD. Not with the singing or the production but simply the musical genre of some of the songs.

The other pity is (IMO) there is nothing on the album remotely like the hit single "Spotlight"

Here, Jennifer comes on like Aretha Franklin meets Whitney Houston, creating a perfect blend of contemporary soul music that appeals to 'old school' fans (like me) & R'n'B fans like my 11 year old son.

Standout tracks beside the single are:

"I'M HIS ONLY WOMAN FEATURING FANTASIA". Sounds like a modern take on the old STAX classic "Woman to Woman" by Shirley Brown. Fantasia does a nice impression of Patti Labelle whilst Jennifer Hudson simply soars!

"AND I'M TELLING YOU I'M NOT GOING". Jennifer's fantastic version of the original stage play "Dreamgirls" hit sung Jennifer Holliday & also by Jennifer (Hudson) on the film version of the play.

"JESUS PROMISED ME A HOME OVER THERE". Traditional gospel song sang in a traditional gospel style & probably the best track on the album.

These songs all allow Jennifer to show her fantastic vocal range & the raw emotion her voice achieves.

The other songs on the album are mostly modern R'n'B, a bit formulistic but well song & worth a listen but didn't move me.

So an album of parts, possibly appealing to both soul & R'n'B fans & easily worth buying for the songs mentioned above (if you like soul music) or the songs not mentioned if you like modern R'n'B sang to a very high standard.

Either way & very enjoyable record absolutely worth buying!
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