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By Henry Goldblatt
Updated January 24, 2011 at 07:01 PM EST
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Image Credit: Barry Brecheisen/WireImage.comJennifer Hudson has released the first single, “Where You At,” from her new album, and how you react to it depends on who you are. If you’re a grammarian or English teacher, it will annoy you. (Sidenote: Can we all agree to stop ending song titles—and certain choruses, Ms. Keys—with prepositions?) If you’re a diehard J. Hud fan, it’s exactly what you expect from her, and it will thrill you—especially the money note at 2 minutes 48 seconds. Very very impressive stuff.

If you don’t fall in either category, you’ll likely find it to be an OK, albeit dated piece of R&B that would reside comfortably on a Whitney Houston CD from the late ’80s or early ’90s. The lyrics, too, don’t exactly break new ground—J. Hud is waiting in the rain, waiting in the cold, and an unreliable cad never shows up:

Hudson’s full album, I Remember Me, is due out on March 22. What do you think of this single? What type of songs would you like to hear on her album? And while we’re fondly remembering late-80s, early-90s R&B for a moment, what song would you most like to hear J. Hud cover? I’m going to go with “Unbreak My Heart.”

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