thought I'd try 2 r&b's back to back
helped a little as it outdid Chris Browns
still not enough to pass
included clip is a very nice performance of a very good Brooks & Dunn song

Grade 1.4

released Mar 22nd, 2011

from the album - Believe - 2.0

from all music


Best known for her role as Effie White in the 2006 film version of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls, vocalist/actress Jennifer Hudson was first brought to the public's attention while a contestant on the third season of the reality show vocal competition American Idol. Born in 1981 in Chicago, IL, Hudson sang from a young age, first performing in her church. Various talent shows and school musical productions followed until she eventually secured a role in a local Chicago production of the musical Big River. Prior to auditioning for American Idol, Hudson also sang professionally while working on the Disney Wonder cruise ship.

In 2004, she auditioned for and won a spot on the third season of American Idol along with eventual winner Fantasia Barrino. Though a strong contender and fan favorite from the start, Hudson would eventually become the sixth of the 12 finalists to get voted off the show. Ironically, after the show ended, there was speculation that Barrino would get the coveted role of Effie in the film version of Dreamgirls. However, Hudson won the role and went on to receive not only critical acclaim for her performance, but also both a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Her debut album, Jennifer Hudson, finally materialized on Arista in September 2008, led by the Top Ten R&B/Hip-Hop single "Spotlight." In 2011, Hudson delivered her sophomore studio-album I Remember Me featuring the R. Kelly-penned single "Where You At."

Album Review

Jennifer Hudson's debut was not a flop, not by 2008 standards. It went gold and, thanks to being nominated alongside a mostly undeserving set of contemporaries, took the 2009 Grammy for Best R&B Album. However, a considerable amount of ill-suited material combined with obstructive guest appearances made it something of a misfire. If the album was truly worthy of a Grammy, I Remember Me better run the ceremony’s R&B table in 2012. There is no lightweight pop, no beatbox-based Timbaland beats, no audible Auto-Tune -- no messing around. Even the adult contemporary material -- the songs that function strictly as a platform for Hudson’s powerhouse vocals -- packs more punch. Most of the songwriters and producers who return from the debut, namely StarGate, Ne-Yo, and Harvey Mason, contribute positively here. The shrewdest move was involving Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, and Salaam Remi. “Angel,” a euphoric testimonial written by Keys and co-produced by Keys and Swizz, sounds like it could have been made for Teena Marie, recalling “I Need Your Lovin’” while switching between tapping snares and a smacking four-four beat. Keys and Swizz also team on “Everybody Needs Love,” a hard disco throwback that is 80 percent slip-and-slide drums with a gorgeous, prancing chorus. On “Don’t Look Down,” Keys and Remi (with Swizz handling the programmed drums) provide a boisterous and uplifting backdrop for one of Hudson’s most gospel-rooted performances. Remi also produces a bold interpretation of Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse's “Feeling Good” that surpasses every vocal version not recorded by Nina Simone. Another welcome alliance comes from R. Kelly, whose “Where You At” (produced with Mason) is the type of song on which Hudson thrives most -- the album’s own “And I Am Telling You,” confident but scorned and on the brink of bugging out. At their best, Hudson and her collaborators provide the kind of mature R&B that is not felt merely in the mind, throat, chest, or hips but the entire body.

Track Listing

1 No One Gonna Love You Harrison 3:48
2 I Got This Eriksen, Hermansen, Johnson, Skare 3:22
3 Where You At Kelly 3:47
4 Angel Keys 3:29
5 I Remember Me Tedder 4:10
6 Gone Dean, Jones 3:38
7 Everybody Needs Love Dean, Keys 3:14
8 Why Is It So Hard Harmon, Smith 3:46
9 Don't Look Down Keys, Remi 3:23
10 Still Here Warren 3:41
11 Feeling Good Newley 2:16
12 Believe Dunn, Wiseman 4:58