Jennifer Hudson: Where You At

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Posted March 16, 2011 by J Matthew Cobb in Reviews 1.0
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J Hud’s new single lingers on predictability, impoverished chorus and dry lyrics

With her theatrical gospel training, Jennifer Hudson has the robust pipes to blow a house down. On her latest single from her second studio LP I Remember Me, the American Idol alum and Oscar winner tries to rescue a R. Kelly-penned, underwhelming potty-trained pop song from its disaster. In the last couple of seconds, she goes gusty on us, even using Whitney Houston belting and a few falsetto runs to round out the session. But the damage’s already done: the uninteresting build-up of a climax and a disastrous and forgettable verse using grammar-challenged “where you at’s” plagues the song from rising up the annals of Celine Dion balladry. The song becomes predictable with each and every passing second and the lyrics leaves behind many quibbling reactions and unrest to the listener as Hudson tries to make peace with an unsuccessful, stubborn hood hustler (“Now you said you go to church/Stop slanging, find a real job, and go to work”). It’s puzzling hearing this single as being the first choice from Hudson’s sophomore album. After experiencing much success with “Spotlight” in 2008, a better ballad should’ve been available. If this is the album’s cream of the crop, I’m pretty uncomfortable in hearing what the rest of the disc tastes like.

J MATTHEW COBB

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JENNIFER HUDSON – WHERE YOU AT

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J Matthew Cobb

Managing editor of HiFi Magazine


One Comment


  1.  

    I couldn’t agree more. The first time I heard the title I thought “you have got to be kidding me!”
    Then to hear this sentence fragment repeated over and over by the backup singers as if it is some kind of poetry just drives me insane! Ms. Hudson can absolutely sing. Why would she even record this song? Don’t ‘axe’ me!





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