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Jennifer Hudson

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The 2008 self-titled debut album of Jennifer Kate Hudson reflects her high-powered soulful style voice which is transcendent and timeless. Guests features on the album include Fantasia on "I'm His Only Woman", Ludacris on "Pocketbook", plus the highlights version of "And I am Telling You I'm Not Going" from Dreamgirls. Jennifer first gained notice as one of the finalists on the third season of the FOX television series American Idol. She went on to star as Effie White in the 2006 motion picture adaptation of the musical Dreamgirls for which she won numerous awards including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA and a SAG Award. 13 tracks.

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. SpotlightJennifer Hudson 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. If This Isn't LoveJennifer Hudson 3:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. PocketbookJennifer Hudson feat. Ludacris 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Giving MyselfJennifer Hudson 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. What's Wrong (Go Away)Jennifer Hudson feat. T-Pain 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. My HeartJennifer Hudson 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. You Pulled Me ThroughJennifer Hudson 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. I'm His Only WomanJennifer Hudson feat. Fantasia 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Can't Stop The RainJennifer Hudson 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. We Gon' FightJennifer Hudson 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. InvisibleJennifer Hudson 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going (Highlights Version)Jennifer Hudson 4:45Album Only
13. Jesus Promised Me A Home Over ThereJennifer Hudson 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 30, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B0019T9FL6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,053 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful By barry VINE VOICE on October 4, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This cd is difficult to review. I made sure I listened to it many times before writing this. I am a huge Jennifer Hudson fan and don't necessarily agree that she so much had to prove she could sing with this cd as show she could be a competitive cohesive artist. We all know she can sing. American idol and DREAMGIRLS showed us that. (And we are reminded with the inclusion of AND I'M TELLING YOU I'M NOT GOING here.)

Studios and producers can take a person with minimal talent and produce a very appealing cd that showcases them well. Here we have a singer with amazing pipes and range who can carry an album by those qualities alone and what do we get? Total overproduction and songs that are just not up to the caliber she deserves.

The cd opens very promisingly with the single SPOTLIGHT with strong and emotive vocals. Then IF THIS ISN'T LOVE comes on and the quality of song definitely diminishes. It's very generic but Jennifer does get to show her strong vocals at the end. POCKETBOOK with Ludacris is just silly and WHAT'S WRONG(GO AWAY) with T-Pain is ridiculous. So unecessary and just does not work. The static effect used with T-Pain is irritating and Jennifer merely floats through. GIVING MYSELF is the first ballad and it is ok. The song quality just doesn't cut it though and it works adequately.

Halfway through the cd starts to come into its own. YOU PULLED ME THOUGH is a better soulful ballad and Jennifer again gets to showcase those pipes. She soars range wise and emotively in the duet with Fantasia I'M HIS ONLY WOMAN and CAN'T STOP THE RAIN and WE GON' FIGHT are both priceless - highlights of the cd. She soars on both and showcase her amazing abilities as an artist. Then INVISIBLE comes and it does just that. It's a rather forgetful song.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Antoine D. Reid VINE VOICE on September 30, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Jennifer Hudson's cd is finally here and of course the question is was it worth the wait and hype? I can say yes for the most part. 'Jennifer Hudson' offers songs that fit this woman's voice - there are no odd selections that will leave you scratching your head or have her reaching far out of her genre. Most of the songs showcase her vocal range with her hitting notes and doing runs that will have you on your feet and applauding in the privacy of your home or car. Is it perfect? Of course not, there are a few things that make it a bit drab and predictable but the good points outweigh the weaknesses and flaws.

The Good: The variety of the songs is the strength of the album. There's variety BUT her voice is never 'off' or subdued. In each song or within each style, the producers and the artist both find ways to keep things interesting and fresh. Unlike many artists, you can tell Hudson actually connected with the music and lyrics, which results in some really moving songs and fun moments. Stand-out tracks for me is the Beyoncé-esque 'If This Isn't Love' which is Hudson at her best in this pop ballad. 'Pocketbook' is also a winner with Hudson bringing out her sassy-edge that makes her endearing. Other tracks that left an impression were 'We Gon' Fight,' and 'Invisible' which contain lyrics many can relate to on some level.

The Bad: A lot of the mid-tempo or slower songs simply blend into one another. While her voice is always on spot, these songs just seem a bit boring because they sound similar. I would have liked to have heard her experiment and take a few more chances as she does on the song 'Pocketbook' but still, these seem a bit too safe and expected or predictable.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Seand67 on October 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I purchased the new Jennifer Hudson CD, and am not feeling it. Maybe it
will grow on me, but right now it seems like Clive Davis used the same
formula he employed on Fantasia's debut a few years ago. There are a FEW
nice songs, but I expected so much more. The BEST song on 'Jennifer Hudson' is titled 'Stand Up', which is only available on CDs sold @ Target. 'Spotlight' is nice, and I skip over the songs featuring T-Pain & Ludacris....CRAP!! The song with Fantasia....nice idea, but I heard it all before! 'And I'm Telling You...' is great, but WHY is it on this CD ??? 'Leaving Tonight' by Ne-Yo & Jennifer would've been a better choice (I remastered the CD and included it....HA!). All n all, 'Jennifer Hudson' sounds like producer driven crap that floods urban & pop radio for the most part, while there are tracks that aren't well suited to Hudson's voice. Personally, I think this CD was a bad attempt to reach every possible demographic. Bad move time, insist on recording a CD with more 'focus'!! Too bad today's legitimate artists (like Ms.Hudson) aren't allowed to show integrity on CDs while obvious attempts at getting 'hits' takes center stage. Oh well, let's see how the upcoming Re-Release of 'Jennifer Hudson' KNOW Arista is gonna add some extra tracks next time for more loot! Seriously...;~)
In closing, this could've been in the same league of CLASSIC debuts by Whitney, Mariah and Toni, but this effort isn't even close!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Audrey Vt Waldon on October 1, 2008
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This album is something buy. IMO I really don't see anything wrong with how the production of this album went. I think Jennifer & her producers put out great tracks. Jennifer didn't imitate anyone on this album. A lot of people wanted to hear a Whitney sound or a Aretha sound but your not gonna get that your gonna get Jennifer Hudson. Listeners should want to hear Jennifer and not Whitney or Aretha. This album has her own style and own stamp of what R&B is all about. This album is not about duplicating what we get from Whitney when she first came to the scene or Aretha. It's Jennifer Hudson as her own and before you write it off as bad you really need to hear the album looking for Jennifer not other music legends.

Key songs like "Invisible" & "Giving Myself" are real listen too's and should not be skipped when listening. Emotion comes out from Jennifer in these songs and I've been blown away."We Gon Fight" is another example of something we really don't get from current R&B. She brings something different to the table that I haven't heard in a long time from anyone. And "Pocketbook" gives off that sassiness that I've seen in Jennifer since she was on AI. For me definitely a club banger or a morning work-out song. And the duet with Fantasia "I'm His Only Woman" for me injects thats same flavor into music that we got from the collab of Brandy/Monica but it's majority captures the essence of the song "Woman to Woman" which is also something that many fans of that song will love. For me the only song that could have been left out was the duet with T-Pain, other than that it a great debut for the Oscar winner. I bought two copies. For you to enjoy this album you really need to sit down and listen to the whole thing like I did and I was blown away.

SO again don't expect a imitation of Whitney's first album or Aretha because you're gonna get Jennifer and that is who your focus should be on.
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I hope that won't stop you from purchasing this cd. Jennifer is awesome and I love Fantasia and Jazmine so I consider either one to be a plus.
Sep 14, 2008 by Sheena M. |  See all 18 posts
This is 56 year old Bill in the UK, I LOVE THIS SONG great.
Sep 22, 2008 by Mr. W. Tatum |  See all 3 posts
I've also heard this song on the radio...Spotlight! has a wonderful sound, great lyrics, I'm in love with it....Jennifer Hudson...I can't wait until this CD drops:) Good luck!
Jun 22, 2008 by K. Rachel |  See all 4 posts
Target Exclusive
There is a song called "Stand" and two remixes to "Spotlight."
Sep 30, 2008 by Cephus Adams |  See all 4 posts
Old School Jennifer?
I think there will definitely be some old school songs, but I think that there will be quite a bit of diversity as well. I know "Pocketbook" is supposed to have a hip hop feel to it, and there's a gospel song, but I think the overall tone to the album will be very Jennifer.

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Sep 11, 2008 by C. T Williams |  See all 2 posts
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