Rolling Stone - p.1143 stars out of 5
-- "'Listen,' one of three new songs here -- and one of the best things on the album -- finds Beyonce getting her Whitney Houston on..."
Entertainment Weekly - p.83
"[T]he album really comes alive on Hudson's tracks, and ultimately, this is her moment." -- Grade: B+
Personnel: Natalie Ganther, Nicole Thrash, Anika Noni Rose , Eddie Murphy, Melissa Bereal, Kalia Rafa, Cassandra Grigsby, Camille Grigsby, Richard Bowers, Keith Robinson , Rory OMalley, Annette Warren, Erica L. King, Nicole Ganther, Robert Thrash, Kevin Shannon, Hinton Battle, Laura Bell Bundy, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, Larry Greene, Beyonc‚ Knowles, Sharon Leal, Eric King (vocals); Randy Spendlove (guitar, keyboards); Michael Hart Thompson , Eric D. Jackson, Darrell Crooks (guitar); Gayle Levant (harp); Alyssa Park, John Wittenberg, Anatoly Rosinsky, Cynthia Moussas, Alan Grunfeld, Ken Yerke, Sharon Jackson , Julian Hallmark, Michele Richards, Mario de Le¢n, Roberto Cani, Peter Kent, Sara Parkins, Daphne Chen, Armen Garabedian, Darius Campo, Josefina Vergara, Susan Chatman, Berj Garabedian, Endre Granat, Tereza Stanislav, Haim Shtrum (violin); John Hayhurst, Kristin Wilkinson, Robert Becker, David Stenske, Shalini Vijayan, Denyse Buffum, Andrew Duckles (viola); Jen Kuhn, Daniel Smith, Vanessa Freebairn-Smith, Suzie Katayama, Larry Corbett, Stephen Erdody , Rudolph Stein (cello); Frederick Fiddmont, Dan Higgins (saxophone); Gary Grant, Jerry Hey, Wayne Bergeron (trumpet); Steven Holtman, William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. (trombone); Kevin Randolph (piano, keyboards); Greg Phillinganes, John Beasley, Tim Carmon (piano); Harvey Mason, Jr. (keyboards, drums, percussion); Damon Thomas (keyboards); Anthony Moore , Gordon Campbell, Glendon Campbell (drums).
Audio Mixers: Chris Spilfogel; Aaron Renner; Manny Marroquin.
Audio Remixer: Richie Jones.
Photographer: David James Jr.
Arrangers: David Campbell ; Damon Thomas; Billy Condon; Matt Sullivan ; Harvey Mason, Jr. ; Henry Krieger; Damon Intrabartolo; Jerry Hey; The Underdogs ; Randy Spendlove; Tim Carmon; Deborah Lurie.
Based on the 1980s Broadway musical, Bill Condon's 2006 feature film, DREAMGIRLS, follows the ups and downs of a fictional '60s female R&B vocal group patterned after the Supremes. Featuring an impressive cast that includes Beyonce Knowles, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, and AMERICAN IDOL favorite Jennifer Hudson, the movie and its soundtrack present stirring performances by these and other actors. While many of the numbers are sung by the Dreamettes (Knowles, Hudson, and Anika Noni Rose, who later become the Dreams and then Deena Jones & the Dreams), most notably the energetic, horn-laden "Move" and the pop-tinged title track, the album also offers up outstanding numbers by Eddie Murphy (as James "Thunder" Early), such as the lively, James Brown-like "I Meant You No Harm/Jimmy's Rap." Though most of the songs in DREAMGIRLS appear in the original production, the collection also showcases a set of new tunes, particularly the soulful "Love You I Do" by Hudson, and "Listen," a dramatic, defiant solo track by Beyonce. For fans of the film, the play, and/or any of the artists involved, DREAMGIRLS is sure to astound with its moving musical set-pieces and top-notch talent.