Jennifer Hudson For her debut album Jennifer Hudson , the Oscar winner recorded 40-plus tracks over two years, finally whittling them down to these 13, which are… Jennifer Hudson For her debut album Jennifer Hudson , the Oscar winner recorded 40-plus tracks over two years, finally whittling them down to these 13, which are… 2008-09-30 Jennifer Hudson R&B
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Jennifer Hudson (2008)

Jennifer Hudson | BACK TO HER ROOTS The Oscar-winning American Idol debuts her self-titled album Jennifer Hudson
BACK TO HER ROOTS The Oscar-winning American Idol debuts her self-titled album Jennifer Hudson
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Sep 30, 2008; Lead Performance: Jennifer Hudson; Genre: R&B

For her debut album Jennifer Hudson, the Oscar winner recorded 40-plus tracks over two years, finally whittling them down to these 13, which are helmed by 11 different production teams. Gee, you suppose anybody was overthinking this thing? The identity-defying ''something for everybody'' mentality yields a Robin Thicke ballad, a Timbaland stomper, some semi-acoustic soul from Stargate, and so on. None are exceptional, but they're all a sufficient delivery system for those spectacular vocal chops. The only complete stinker is ''What's Wrong (Go Away),'' a hookup with T-Pain. Was anyone panting to hear Hudson duet with an Auto-Tune program? B–
Download This: Listen to Pocketbook and other songs from the new album on the singer's MySpace page

Originally posted Sep 23, 2008 Published in issue #1014 Oct 03, 2008 Order article reprints
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