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For a disco revival with a modern twist, go to Jennifer Hudson’s house! Or get a copy of the R&B singer’s third studio album, JHUD. It’s fun, feminine, and will get listeners dusting off those dancing shoes in no time.
JHUD starts off strong, opening with Dangerous before hitting us with some notable collaborations, including the 70’s inspired It’s Your World featuring a solid contribution from R.Kelly, I Can’t Describe, a charming track where Jennifer enlists the help of T.I and I Still Love You, a song that strikes a great resemblance to the prominent women of the disco/funk era, such as Gloria Gaynor, Donna Summer and Diana Ross.
Jennifer keeps it contemporary with the lead single Walk It Out. Produced by Timbaland, it is a perfect track for the ladies, with its frisky lyrics and Jennifer’s sex appeal oozing through the song. Then there is the girl-power-fuelled He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere with so-hot-right-now Iggy Azalea lending a feisty verse, and Just That Type of Girl, both produced by the forever-in-demand, mega muso Pharrell Williams.
A surprise stand-out is Say It, with Jennifer’s powerful vocals over a catchy guitar riff and reggae-infused horn section. It is a cross between Aretha Franklin and Sting & The Police.
But it would not be true Jennifer Hudson without at least a couple of ballads. This is where she delivers the smooth groove that is Bring Back The Music and the heart-wrenching soulful closing track Moan.
If you want easy listening with a dance edge, JHUD is the way to go!