Release Date: Jul 1, 2008
Record label: Hollywood
Genre(s): Rock, Pop
Ever savvy, Disney started launching the post-High School Musical careers of the franchise's stars while it was still in full swing by having Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgens make albums with a more mature sound than most Radio Disney fare. Hudgens' debut album, V, was her first step toward a less overtly Disney-affiliated career: released by the studio's Hollywood label, it used Christina Aguilera's soulful pop as a template; even if its songs were a bit faceless, they had surprisingly sophisticated production values. Almost two years passed between V and its follow-up, Identified.
You can’t blame the 19-year-old Vanessa Hudgens for wanting to trade High School Musical‘s tween fans for actual teens. But listening to her single ”Sneakernight,” which mixes Xtina-wannabe wailing with bossy chanting, you wonder if she’s lost sight of why people like her. Identified, her second CD, stints on her HSM character’s sweetness in favor of dance beats and sensual lyrics — while stopping short of anything risqué enough to recall last year’s photo scandal.