I Remember Me
Released: Mar 2011
Like many Idols and big-voiced ladies, Hudson's large, lusty pipes have resulted in her languishing in a bland, adult-contemporary setting that shows off her skill but lacks style. But on album No. 2, Hudson may have the solid gold solution: dramatic club diva. Treacly inspirationals are carefully recrafted into survival anthems ready for their drag queen reenactment. Take "Everybody Needs Love": the vintage-cool, dance-pop-hot beats (courtesy of Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz) breathe campy, compelling life into hokey lyrics -- and let Hudson show off both vocal and personality range.