The Bottom Line
With the release of Vanessa Hudgens' first solo single, the Disney music behemoth moves forward to take advantage of the mega-success of High School Musical. Hudgens was one of the stars of the hit TV film, and it seems logical that she would be targeted for solo stardom. "Come Back to Me" whips up pop froth with a sample from the 70's Player classic "Baby, Come Back" that is more pleasurable than one might expect.
Watch "Come Back to Me" video.
- Light, breezy pop
- Vanessa Hudgens' engaging personality
- Disney pop factory sound
- Urban hand-clapping beats
- Loose, friendly vocal
Guide Review - Vanessa Hudgens - Come Back to Me
There are some pop music fans that are put off by pop music that sounds mass-produced no matter how catchy the song's hook. Vanessa Hudgens' "Come Back to Me" is not for them. The song clearly comes off the Disney music assembly line with production and songwriting from the pair of Antonina Armato and Tim James who have worked on a number of Disney music projects. There is a sampled hook from Player's #1 70's hit "Baby Come Back" possibly dropped in to trigger pleasant deja vu in parents listening along with their kids. Sure, you are being manipulated by the corporate music establishment, but the song is fun.
Vanessa Hudgens' album V debuted at a mere #24 on the pop albums chart leaving Hudgens without the instant pop success of a Hilary Duff or Miley Cyrus. Instead, "Come Back to Me" has caught the ear of pop radio programmers giving Vanessa Hudgens the opportunity to climb into the solo spotlight through listener response.
"Come Back to Me" is unlikely to linger too long in your memory, but it also fails to generate any annoying after taste. Program it into your listening when you need a contemporary, breezy, light pop confection.