Jennifer Hudson


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Adam R. Holz
Bob Smithouser

Album Review

Pro-Social Content

Hudson declares her independence from a beau who makes her feel “Invisible.” The hope of heaven is central to “Jesus Promised Me a Home Over There.” “We Gon’ Fight” and “What’s Wrong (Go Away)” determine to rescue romances in trouble, while “You Pulled Me Through” credits a friend (God perhaps?) with providing strength. The singer is smitten with a sweet guy (“If This Isn’t Love”) and seeks to reassure an insecure man of her loyalty (“Spotlight”). She also tries to comfort a grief-stricken friend harboring guilt over a fatal car wreck on the emotionally raw “Can’t Stop the Rain.”

Objectionable Content

Hudson uses provocative language to grant a lover her body and soul (“Giving Myself”). Similarly, “My Heart” finds a woman willing to bed a virtual stranger as long as he’s sincere about wanting more than a one-night stand. Hudson and Fantasia Barrino argue about who gets to keep a cheating, lying cad (“I’m His Only Woman”). Worst of all is “Pocketbook,” a lusty, narcissistic tease (“Take a number baby/You ain’t the only brother tryin’ to get up under my skirt”) which features randy rapper Ludacris, lewd erotic slang and a partially muted s-word.

Summary Advisory

The Oscar-winning American Idol alum has talked openly about her faith in Christ. Some lyrics reflect that, but racy sexual posturing clashes with her testimony.

Adam R. Holz

After serving as an associate editor at NavPress’ Discipleship Journal and consulting editor for Current Thoughts and Trends, Adam now oversees the editing and publishing of Plugged In’s reviews as the site’s director. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children. In their free time, the Holzes enjoy playing games, a variety of musical instruments, swimming and … watching movies.

Bob Smithouser
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