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Soulful

Ruben StuddardAudio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (991 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Sorry 2004Ruben Studdard 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. No RubenRuben Studdard 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. How Can You Mend A Broken HeartRuben Studdard 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Take The ShotRuben Studdard 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. What Is SexyRuben Studdard featuring Fat Joe 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. What IfRuben Studdard 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. SuperstarRuben Studdard 4:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Can I Get Your AttentionRuben Studdard featuring Pretty Tony 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. For All We KnowRuben Studdard 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Play Our SongRuben Studdard 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Don't Quit On MeRuben Studdard 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. After The Candles BurnRuben Studdard 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Flying Without WingsRuben Studdard 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. We Have Not ForgottenRuben Studdard featuring Fred Hammond 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 


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In the 10 years since he brightened the world of pop music with his American Idol-winning romantic balladry, Ruben Studdard has warmed the hearts of his huge fan base with five albums and touring with the varied likes of Peabo Bryson, Melissa Manchester, CeCe Winans and David Foster.
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  • Audio CD (December 9, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: J RECORDS
  • ASIN: B0000AGWGD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (991 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,711 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The first full-length effort from second-season American Idol winner Ruben Studdard is an unassuming album that will surely please his fans. Studdard works in the vein of mainstream R&B crooners like Luther Vandross; here, he even covers "Superstar," the Leon Russell/Bonnie Bramlett song associated with Vandross. Other familiar material includes a close, if foreshortened, copy of Al Green’s version of "How Do You Mend a Broken Heart," and the standard "For All We Know," so memorably sung by Billie Holiday on Lady in Satin. A fair bit of time is spent making sure we know that despite his success, Ruben hasn’t changed. Indeed, he comes off as modest and charming; as for electrifying, he’s less so. As a CD that could’ve easily pandered much more to the whims of casual TV viewers, though, Soulful is a perfectly acceptable debut. --Rickey Wright

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Soulful by Ruben Studdard

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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars THESE ARE REVIWS????? January 2, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I CAME HERE TO READ THE REVIEWS OF RUBENS CD...INSTEAD....I FIND INSULTS OF ALL KINDS BEING HURLED AT ONE ANOTHER......AND BY THE WAY .... WHAT HAS CLAY AIKEN GOT TO DO WITH THIS CD? HE IS NOT SINGING ON THIS ALBUM. MY GOODNESS!!! I'VE READ A NUMBER OF THESE REVIEWS AND CAN'T BELIEVE HOW MANY TIMES CLAY AIKEN HAS BEEN HARSHLY ATTACKED BY MANY OF YOU.HE DIDN'T DO ANYTHING TO ANY OF YOU.I UNDERSTAND THESE YOUNG MEN ARE FRIENDS...PLEASE RESPECT THEIR FRIENDSHIP. NOW TO MY REVIEW. I THINK THAT THE CHOICE OF SONGS ON THIS CD DO NOT SHOWCASE THE BEAUTIFUL VOICE THAT RUBEN HAS.HE HAS PROVEN THAT HE HAS THE TALENT,I HOPE THAT HE MIGHT MOVE IN THE DIRECTION OF LUTHER AND YET STILL BRING HIS OWN STYLE INTO HIS MUSIC. I HAVE NOT GIVEN UP ON RUBEN...I BELIEVE HE CAN DO MUCH BETTER THAN THIS.
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A BIT DISAPPOINTED December 20, 2003
By Tamyra
Format:Audio CD
I am a fan of AMERICAN IDOL, but not a huge fan of any particular contestant - just a casual fan of most of the top contestants. I did not vote in either season as I usually had to go to work (nightshift at a hospital) soon after each episode. I have purchased CDs by Ruben, Kelly, Clay & Justin & I also plan to purchase Kim's. If Tamyra (who shares my name) ever puts one out, I will buy it, too. Do not write me off as a big Clay or Kelly fan because I am not. I like all these singers pretty much equally. To insinuate that just because someone disagrees with your fangirly raves about your idol's CD that they must be a rival basher is nonsense & just plain insulting.I loved Ruben's AI2 performances when he was "on." By that I mean in fine voice & seemingly happy to be there & upbeat in his performance style. In reality, he was nowhere near as perfect as the judges made him out to be & with that they did him a grave disservice. Both Kelly & Clay received criticism, sometimes constructive, & I think they took the advice & ran with it. I think that is why their performances continue to improve even thru today. They have both produced admirable first albums, tho there is always room for progression.The producers of AI2 let Ruben slide sometimes when he gave a less than stellar performance & it seems that they have done the same with him on this CD. To be honest, I was expecting more of a straight R&B album & that is from where some of my disappointment stems. Consequently, my favorite tracks are the ones where the AI Ruben shines singing the type of music I was expecting from him. I think a lot of his voting public probably feel the same way & that is why you are getting some negative reviews here. Read more ›
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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as "Soulful" as it would have you believe December 11, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
First of all, everyone on all sides of the American Idol rivalry (this includes both Clay AND Ruben fans) need to give it up. Quit using Amazon reviews as a messageboard forum for which to spew hate and biases. BOTH sides are guilty.
Now, to the more important matter at hand: Ruben's CD. I liked Ruben profusely on the show, thought he had a great voice. He churned out some wonderful performances. He stated again and again after the show ended that he was postponing his CD because he was aiming for quality. My two questions therefore are this: what quality? and were you joking?
Soulful is a mix of generic R&B/rap tunes that range from forgetable at times to just plain stupid. Perhaps Ruben wanted to avoid being categorized as: "just another pop singer from American Idol" by going the hip-hop route; but if that's the case, at least be honest about the material. It's NOT any more cutting edge than Kelly Clarkson's album for example... but at least I enjoyed hers. And this is hardly Soulful. Banal is more like it.
I suppose I'm being a bit harsh. It's just it really was a shock to buy the CD and feel as though Ruben sold-out. I just do NOT enjoy the hip-hop songs one bit, and unfortunately they make up the majority of the disc. I wasn't expecting it from him.
The Good: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (a wonderful song to begin with), Superstar and Flying Without Wings (songs I was already sick of to begin with).
The Bad: No Ruben (anything that's self-referential is usually bad), Can I Get Your Attention... and many other unremarkable dreck type songs, which include some of the dumbest lyrics in history.
The Ugly: Take the Shot and What If... two of the wosrt songs I've ever listened to in my life.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Gave me a headache - so disappointed December 13, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I gave the CD 2 stars only because, in my opinion, it has a few redeeming tracks, namely, Sorry 2004, How Can you Mend a Broken Heart, Superstar and Flying Without Wings. Only there did I hear the Reuben I had admired on AI... The other tracks literally gave me a headache. Not only were these other tracks filled with annoyingly repetitious dragging beats and insipid lyrics, but Reuben's voice often sounded raspy and strained...like finger nails on a chalk board. If I have to listen to another "Oh baaaaaby" or "Oh yeaaaaah" I will go nuts. I had originally intended to purchase an additional CD for my niece who is a huge Reuben fan, but I don't want her to be disappointed.
Please Ruben, will you choose better material for your next CD? You are capable of so much better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Soul many one stars {i can see why}
Only three great songs on here,Sorry 2004!!!,Super Star {is the only reason i bought it}, & After The Candles Burn!!!{the best song}. Read more
Published 3 months ago by SxS
5.0 out of 5 stars cd soulful by Ruben Studdard
I ranked this cd 5 stars manly because of the smooth vocals but the lyrics are great instruments are right on too. just a great easy listening music highly recommended
Published 3 months ago by Alton Rgranville
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!
This is a great CD. This is actually the second time I have purchased it. In my opinion, every song is hit. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm not really feelin' it. 3 stars.
October 5th, 2010

Ruben Studdard has a wondrous voice. I don't know where it is on this CD but it only comes out in pieces. And have you heard some of these tracks? Read more
Published on October 5, 2010 by "Letsgo2thestars"
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure talent
I don't care what anybody says his first cd was pure genius I mean I loved every single song on hs cd. I purchased this cd becasue I wanted to put it on my i pod. Read more
Published on August 12, 2010 by perfume girl 17
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome singer ahead of his time when it comes to his groove dancd...
Rubin just gets even better on every recording he does. This is a must buy cd to have in all household singers hes just awesome singer ahead of his time at his very best & his... Read more
Published on June 13, 2006 by George Bretzlaff
3.0 out of 5 stars chaos princess
Now comparing him to Luther Vandross and Barry White, are u crazy that is like comparing beer to champagne. Read more
Published on February 10, 2006 by Cynthia A. Mcclelland
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Male Contestant On American Idol
Amazing cd no wonder it easily went double platinum.
Published on November 24, 2005 by Terron Strachan
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm sorry I bought this CD 2004
I do not mean to offend anyone but this CD is awful! His 2nd CD was better, but not much!
Published on November 20, 2005 by Lily Billy
1.0 out of 5 stars PATHETIC ALBUM !!!!
I gave the money to the cashier and its like she handed me a piece of crap !!!! I only bought this CD for my IDOL collection !!! Read more
Published on July 24, 2005 by Justin Raines "JUT"
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