Vanessa Hudgens released her first solo album V back in 2006 hot on the heels of her success in the High School Musical phenomenon. The set generated the minor hit single "Come Back to Me," a charming bit of pop fluff. Now she has returned, but there are few signs she has grown as a performer. Identified is stuffed full of derivative takes on the work of other hot artists.
Released July 2008 by Hollywood Records.
In Search of Her Own Style
Slick, Corporate Production
The Disney factory knows how to invest in creating a sound that on surface seems like it will be a hit. However, there is a certain soulfulness lacking throughout most of Identified. Dr. Luke and Vanessa Hudgens seem to hit a promising groove on the album's first track, "Last Night," as she sounds soulful and her vocals are settling into more adult territory. Unfortunately, the remaining tracks are suffused with a small, almost child-like vocal that fails to communicate any definition as an artist.
Top Tracks on 'Identified'
- "Last Night"
- "First Bad Habit"
- "Don't Leave"
Who Is Vanessa Hudgens?
Identified should put Vanessa Hudgens in a quandary. This second album opens with just 2/3 of the sales of her first. It's very difficult for listeners to grab on to a definition of Hudgens as an artist. If a 3rd album is forthcoming, coherency the next time should be the approach. A slapped together patchwork of imitations will satisfy few pop music fans.