Jordin Sparks Releases 'Jordin Sparks' the Album

Jordin never quite sells any of these songs, even when she's belting out big ballads, songs designed to showcase her range but that wind up showcasing her youth, particularly on the ludicrous "Beautiful" rewrite, "God Loves Ugly." She's not a seasoned singer so she never seems to get inside the lyric, she never delivers them with nuance instead of power. This is a problem on the R&B cuts too, but on the ballads -- which take up roughly half of the record -- this flaw is more prominent as she's pushed to the forefront to give the kind of vocal gymnastics that are her comfort zone. 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.

Jordin Sparks is the second studio album by American pop and R&B singer Jordin Sparks. The major-label follow-up to her self-released debut For Now (2003), it was released on November 20, 2007 in the United States and November 27, 2007 in Canada and Christian music stores. In United States debuting at #10 on the U.S. Billboard 200 with sales of 119,000 copies first week. It has produced four top twenty singles, with "Tattoo" reaching the top ten (number 8) on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and "No Air" reaching the top three.The album has sold over 2 million copies worldwide, her best-selling album by far. Sparks supported the album with the As I Am Tour and Jesse & Jordin LIVE Tour. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA in the U.S. on December 12th, 2008.