Release Date: September 26, 2006
Hollywood Records | buy now
“Ya’ll need to get ready to hear the unbelievable, indescribable, Vanessa Hudgens.”
Teenage singer/actress Vanessa Hudgens debut album is introduced as such over the violin lead-in on the opening track “Baby Come Back.” On the album, simply titled V, the star of the popular Disney Channel hit original movie, High School Musical, seems ready to embark on a successful music career, showing the vocal potential that was evident in the made for cable movie and its subsequent soundtrack. Similar to other teenage sensations, Hudgens balances teenage angst over unrequited love with more mature concepts. An example would be the semi-feminist themed “Never Underestimate A Girl” which declares the power a determined woman has.
Her style early on is very similar to that of the teenage R&B superstar, Chris Brown, with simplistic, yet relatable songs and dance-inspiring beats that are likely to be heard in heavy rotation at clubs and house parties alike. This formula is evident throughout the first five tracks on her album, after which Hudgens channels her inner-Pop princess, beginning with what is one of the strongest tracks of the album in “Drive.” With comparisons to Hilary Duff inevitable, seeing the Disney Channel actress turned pop star connection, Hudgens seems to defy being defined by any particular genre as her Pop tracks are just as strong as her Hip-Hop tracks as evidenced by the style shift that takes place in the middle of the album.
With her success starring in High School Musical, and the upcoming sequel where she will reprise her role as Gabriella Montes, Vanessa Hudgens’ star is on the rise and it would only be fitting to expect big things from the young star. The impressive display of diversity, on what is an equally impressive debut offering, shows that she is fully capable of being more than a typecast artist, regardless of where you may recognize her from.
Standout Tracks: “Baby Come Back”, “Let Go”, “Drive”, “Afraid”.
– Christopher Griffin