Physically, Jennifer Hudson might have trimmed off 80 pounds since her last album release. Her voice, on the other hand, did not.
It’s still as heavy as it was in “Dreamgirls” or on “American Idol.” And in case you didn’t catch either of those, look no further than her latest album, I Remember Me.
Hudson begins the album with “No One Gonna Love You,” an upbeat but still expressive song. Well guess what, Jen – this boy loves you.
The album proceeds to its standout tracks – “Where You At” and “I Remember Me” respectively – which are slow, but sexy. “Don’t Look Down” is positive and empowering.
Nuzzled near the end of the album is a raspy rendition of “Feeling Good,” which has been covered by everyone from Michael Bublé to a Mizzou Idol contestant to the Pussycat Dolls. Despite the song's almost unnecessary number of covers, Hudson still manages to bring a new, soulful revamp of the classic.
J. Hud herself might be a little harder to find these days given her new child, but her work is a gem worth looking for.