Vanessa Hudgens
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3.0
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by natey USER (46 Reviews)
July 8th, 2008 | 16 replies | 4,253 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The High School Musical starlet is back with her sophomore album. Surprisingly, she, or more likely her songwriters, actual display some real sensibility with a number of catchy dance tunes.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Whereas V aimed directly at her tween fans, this attempts to nail true teens, and as a 19-year-old the progression makes sense. Unfortunately, after last years pornographic foray into scandal she stays far enough from the risqué to really lose any tweens. So while she turns on the dance beats and sings of how love hurts like a paper cut / so sweet / never even feel the slice / you’re so deep, she really isn’t developing or maturing in a way that will invite a new audience. Borrowing from Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, Fergie, and Nelly Furtado, her emulation is also flawed, and the result is a little tasteless.

Examples of such weakness include the title track; on it Hudgens creates a electro-pop club jam that is undeniably catchy. Unfortunately, her voice is malleable enough, but the lyrics are just bland. Repetition is a useful literary element, but the way Hudgens uses it is criminal. “Don’t Ask Why” is an apologetic song, one that is a small success, yet her voice is gallingly lean, and it’s hard to get past that. V went down in an amateur manner as a result of it, and this album tries to dodge that through digital manipulation and elaboration. However, that can be as annoying as an untamed voice, and the album suffers because of it. “Party On the Moon” may try to make it feel organic with some sort of astronaut theme, but to me it is as sickening as music gets. “Sneakernight” is catchy enough to serve as her first tremulous single, but tasteless melodies and a sketchy voice really sink it. (not to mention lines like so are you ready? / did you eat? / do you have the energy?)

On a more positive note however, opener “Last Night” is a great R&B number featuring slide guitar and a catchy refrain. “Hook It Up” also delivers, as catchy as her contemporaries’ singles such as Miley Cyrus’ “See You Again”. The lyrics are predictably idiotic like you got the money money / she’s got the hottie body and i’ll hook you up with my friends / i’ll hook you up with her friends, but it’s really a fine pop song, musically at least. Likewise “Did It Ever Cross Your Mind” serves as a valid pop hit, although android-Hutchens is particularly evident. Even “Don’t Leave” is pseudo-dynamic, as affecting as an Alicia Keys ballad. “Gone With the Wind” puts a slightly jazzy spin on things, and as the closer could be a slightly promising sign of things to come. Her voice sounds pretty ok, and the result is a really tight tune.

If you’re like me, mainstream pop music can only do so much for you, and this isn’t anything above average. On top of that, soulful melodies and tones combined with chatter about sneaker-dancing is also a turnoff. So while there are several tracks I’ll steal for a playlist performance in my closet, as an honest critic I can’t justifiably exalt this. At the same time over half of this record is extraordinarily catchy, and if you are into mainstream pop, this could be the sex you’re looking for. Personally, this record can only hit me so deeply, and the immaturity is pretty repulsive. Probably the cutest teen automaton I’ve ever seen, I’d prefer her to switch focus back to the film and image industry.



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Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 8th 2008



16083 Comments


This album should have been called Vanessa Hudgens "...Is Really Naked"

Poet
July 8th 2008



5921 Comments


lol. She is hot though.

CushMG15
July 8th 2008



1802 Comments


She's overrated, I think. I've yet to knowingly hear any of her music.

Poet
July 8th 2008



5921 Comments


Yeah, she is overrated, but still hot.

taylormemer
July 8th 2008



4916 Comments


I've seen better.

Seantmpc13
July 8th 2008



406 Comments


Yeah, she is overrated, but still hot.


Yes. Also, decent review.This Message Edited On 07.26.08

Fort23
July 8th 2008



2475 Comments


The older she gets the less hot i find her. She looks like a porn star after a long weekend on the album cover.

ilikemusicthatsucks
July 8th 2008



1063 Comments


The older she gets the less hot i find her.


Hoping that isn't a common sentiment for you. lol.

O.J. Simpson
July 8th 2008



408 Comments


She is hot though.


Agreed.

But in all serious nature, good review.

darkHaem
May 25th 2009



24 Comments


Shit.

scyther
May 25th 2009



1606 Comments


Why does Japan always get the fucking bonus tracks?

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 25th 2009



8321 Comments


yaah good question, its always japan or korea who get the fucking bonus tracks. What are they better than the rest of the world or something.....

KTV
May 25th 2009



760 Comments


she needs to shave her pubic hair

cirq
June 13th 2009



9263 Comments


she is so hot, this album cover is THEE worst picture of her though

fireaboveicebelow
June 13th 2009



6837 Comments


yaah good question, its always japan or korea who get the fucking bonus tracks. What are they better than the rest of the world or something.....
albums cost waaaay more over there so the stores aren't inclined to sell the record unless there's something extra

SalimKhan007
August 27th 2011



5 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Disappointing!! Very.



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