“Me, You, & The Music” is the debut album of American Idol Jessica Sanchez. It’s a solid debut and introduction to what Jessica can do in the studio. While stylistically it’s a bit generic, most of the songs are strong and Jessica’s talents are as strong as they were on television.
Sanchez melts pure pop and contemporary R&B together, and performs both ballads and upbeat dance songs. There are echoes of Beyonce, Rihanna, and Mariah Carey.
“Tonight”, the first single, features Ne-Yo. It’s an electro-pop number that’s well-crafted and catchy. “Right To Fall” fuses disco with modern dance elements. I like the beat and positive message of the song. “Crazy Glue” is a ballad that reminds me of Mariah’s earlier era. “Don’t Come Around” is a pop-R&B track with dancehall inflections. It sounds like mid-00’s Rihanna. “No One Compares” is an electro-pop, mid-tempo duet with Prince Royce. “Plastic Roses” is a ballad that reminds me of a Beyonce number. “Drive By” is a pure R&B jam that is co-written by Jazmine Sullivan, who Jessica covered on American Idol.
Sadly, there are no songs as strong as “Crazy In Love, “Umbrella”, or “Vision of Love”. No songs are good enough to reach number one or even the top ten on the charts. So Jessica has a long way to go if she wants to be successful as Mariah, Beyonce, or Rihanna.
Jessica included a Spanish language version of “No One Compares”. It’s nice that she hasn’t forgotten her Mexican heritage. It would have also been nice if she included a Tagalog song for her Filipino heritage.
If you were fan of Jessica on American Idol, you’ll be satisfied with this album.
(4 out of 5 stars)
—Isa R Bufano (05.10.2013)