Jennifer Hudson’s “Remember Me” Video Doesn’t Suit The (Great) Song

Jennifer Hudson's Soaring "Remember Me"
Jennifer Hudson returns with soaring piano ballad "Remember Me."

Jennifer Hudson finally found the appropriate vehicle for those bone-rattling vocals on “Remember Me.” Co-written by Jamie Hartman (Rag’N’Bone Man’s “Human”), the first taste of the diva’s fourth LP is soaring mid-tempo ballad with gut-wrenching lyrics. “So do you remember me in those moments just before you sleep?” the 35-year-old pleads on the gospel-tinged chorus. “I know you remember me, swear to me the memory isn’t sweet.” It’s all very intimate and emotional, which makes the rave setting for the video something of a surprise.

“Remember Me” is one of my favorite songs of the year (I included it my round-up of Q1 highlights), but the visual is a disappointment. Jennifer looks amazing, but I have no idea why she’s rolling up to an underground rave in a limo or hanging out with club kids while singing about deep, searing loneliness and despair. I thought the J-Hud masterplan was in place this era, but it looks like there are still a couple of kinks. Whatever, it’s still a perfect song. Watch the video up top.

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