• Record Label: Jive
  • Release Date: Nov 20, 2007
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Despite the misfires, Jordin Sparks is as much effervescent fun as any post-Idol bow.
  2. Sparks and a cast of au courant pop producers combine that sense of sparkle, striving, and her powerful pipes for an age-appropriate, uniformly pleasant release that shouldn't disappoint those voters.
  3. The album shrewdly positions her in hip-hop-flavored R&B, which is interesting because it's one style she never touched on the show.
  4. A couple of inspirational songs--'This Is My Now,' her "American Idol" signature, and the heavy-handed 'God Loves Ugly'--are hidden at the end, perhaps to remind listeners of the middling CD this could have been but isn’t.
  5. Jordin Sparks gets a first effort that's all over the map--and works.
  6. Jordin Sparks is one of the strongest Idol debuts yet.
  7. On Idol, all this unformed youthfulness was endearing, but on this debut she just seems green, not quite ready for the big leagues she's been pushed into.
  8. Vibe
    40
    It reeks of generic blandness. [Feb 2008, p.86]
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 40
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 40
  3. Negative: 12 out of 40
  1. KaleT.
    Apr 8, 2008
    8
    A solid debut!
  2. JeffB.
    Mar 8, 2008
    0
    Ugh. Worst. Album. Ever.
  3. BrianN.
    Mar 4, 2008
    10
    Best of the Idol debut albums, peppered with variety and Jordin's vocals remain flawless through the entire album. For an added treat, Best of the Idol debut albums, peppered with variety and Jordin's vocals remain flawless through the entire album. For an added treat, seek out the track "Overcome," which was unwisely dropped from the debut. Full Review »