March 16, V by Vanessa Hudgens
Genre: R&B (I guess?)
Total tracks: 12
Songs you might know:
– “Come Back to Me”
– “Say OK”
My prior relationship with this album: I honestly can’t tell you whether or not I ever listened to this album in its entirety prior to this project. I mean, it seems like a thing 2006 Anne might’ve done but I’m not positive. I definitely remember the two main singles, and I’m quite sure I at least listened to the 30-second Amazon samples. From what I remember this was just okay. Not particularly obnoxious but certainly nothing that compelled me to want to play the whole album on repeat.
My impressions this time around: This one had a surprisingly ’90s vibe. The two artists that come to mind when describing it are TLC ( as heard on “Let Go”) and Michelle Branch (as heard on “Drive”). It is to R&B what Demi Lovato’s Don’t Forget is to pop punk. (Click here for my review of that album). No, it’s not straight pop, but it still feels like a watered down version of the genre it was going for.
Overall, V is… just… fine. There’s nothing I can really point to as a glaring flaw that renders the whole album terrible, except maybe “Psychic,” which is devoid of all emotion despite lyrics insisting Vanessa is desperate. But even if this one track were to be omitted the album would still be just… fine. I can listen to the whole thing beginning to end without getting too angry or annoyed at it (except “Psychic”). But this is also possibly the first album of the entire year where there isn’t even a single track that I think is special. It’s a generic voice singing generic songs with generic production. No wonder I couldn’t even recall whether or not I’d listened to it before. Congratulations Vanessa Hudgens, you’ve reached the pinnacle of tolerable.
Who would enjoy it? If for some reason you were sitting around wondering why you don’t have more songs that sound like they belong on the Princess Diaries 2 soundtrack, this one’s for you.