CD Review :: Vanessa Hudgens - V
1) Come Back To Me
2) Let Go
3) Say OK
4) Never Underestimate A Girl
5) Let's Dance
9) Whatever Will Be
10) Rather Be With You
12) Lose Your Love
I bought Vanessa Anne Hudgens or should I say Vanessa Hudgens's debut CD V yesterday at HMV & in case you're wondering , what does the V stands for , well according to Vanessa , it stands for Variety . Best known for portraying Gabriella Montez in the highly successful , the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical , this Filipino American who was trained in opera singing when growing up , did sang on most of the songs in High School Musical , such as Start Of Something New , Breaking Free , What I've Been Looking For , We're All In This Together & on her own in , the heart breaking emo ballad When There Was Me & You . The 1st 3 songs that I mentioned , she did the songs with Zac Efron in which both of them are apparently dating in real life & not just in reel life . If that's true , then good for them cos they looked good & cute together & did I mentioned , the soundcheck of High School Musical , it's fast approaching the 4x platinum mark in US aka almost close to 4 million copies had already been sold !
& did you know V was recorded & mixed just under 2 months & the album was mastered by Stephen Marcussen at Marcussen Mastering , Hollywood CA , the same place where Electrico's 1st 2 albums & Jesse McCartney's latest record Right Where You Want Me was mastered too.
Anyway back to Vanessa's solo debut music , if you're thinking that oh she will be doing the same stuff as what she did in High School Musical , then you will be sorely disappointed big time . After giving her CD a listen or 2 when I was at the gym eariler , conclusion ? all 12 tracks are very listenable & radio friendly hits & most of the tracks are less than 4 mins long . The longest track's only 3:47 which's track no9 Whatever Will Be . Her solo debut V as Vanessa described contains "pop-rock, pop-R&B and pop-dance... almost like a mix-tape". I think so too , judging from the tracks that I heard , it seems that way . Radio & MTV only started picking up her debut single Come Back To Me & I already heard that track on her official MySpace like 2 months ago or so & honestly , I was skeptical about that track & also whether to buy her debut album or not cos like what I said earlier , the stuff that she does in High School Musical & in V are totally different . But thankfully , the more I listened to Come Back To Me , the more I like it & it seems that Vanessa does pop/r&b pretty well & now instead of Let Go that's scheduled to be the next single , it's now changed to Say OK & the song will be out on radios next month on Jan 12th. I rather Let Go be chosen instead of Say OK cos to me , Say OK's slightly less catchy & a bit weak than Let Go imo . You get a mixture bag of mid tempos & ballads in V & to me , Vanessa shines in ballads & reminds me of her High School Musical material especially in When There's Me & You . I love the ballads in V , such as Whatever Will Be , Drive , Afraid . That doesn't mean that she doesn't sounds good in mid tempos fare . She carried them pretty well too , as evidence proof in Come Back To Me , Say OK , Promise , Rather Be With You , Lose Your Love but I find Psychic a bit cheesy , as in the lyrics to Psychic but I like the melodies of it . Overall , to me it's a commendable good effort from Vanessa & she definitely exceeded my expectations before I pick up her CD cos before that , I didn't really know what to expect from her cos before buying her CD , I only heard Come Back To Me & Let Go but after hearing the whole album , nice really nice . & oh confession time , I usually don't buy CDs that contains pop/r&b but Vanessa's disc's surprisingly enjoyable to listen & go grab her CD if you like pop/r&b music or simply put , buy it to support this young upcoming rising star of High School Musical & yes it has been confirmed , there will be a sequel to the movie woo hoo