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  • Audio CD (Dec 10 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Stomp
  • ASIN: B00006HCUW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (316 customer reviews)

1. One Of Those Days
2. Tell Me No
3. Things You Say
4. My Love
5. Love That Man
6. Try It On My Own
7. Dear John Letter
8. Unashamed
9. You Light Up My Life
10. Whatchulookinat

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Whitney Houston recaptures some former glory on her first studio album, thanks to her undiminished vocal prowess and a cadre of impressive producers that includes Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs, Babyface, Teddy Bishop, and Troy Taylor. Houston's pipes shine in the big break-up ballad "On My Own," which is cut from the same mold as 1993's massive "I Will Always Love You." But while her vocal chords are intact, some of the material here leaves much to be desired, including a flat version of Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Light" and the Missy Elliot-penned and -produced "Things You Say." On the plus side, the feisty "Tell Her No" finds Houston on defense, but she's much more interesting with her back against the wall as she huffs: "I can't wait for the day I can rub things in your face." The embattled diva doesn't attempt to gloss over her foibles, as evidenced by "Unashamed" ("Listen here and listen good/ I'm unashamed of the life that I lead, unashamed of the strength of my need"), "Love That Man," and "Whatchulookinat," a body slam at the tabloids that have documented Houston and hubby Bobby Brown's very public falls from grace. Houston may not have recovered her hegemony of the charts, but this album proves she's once again pointed in the right direction. --Jaan Uhelszki

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By Louis TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 12 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album is a typical example of bad things happening to a great singer. For the better part of the last decade, Whitney Houston apparently decided that she was a contemporary R&B singer and not a pop artist, turning her back on the musical stylings that attracted legions of fans to her enormous vocal talents in the mid-80s. Audiences have repeatedly refused to buy that scheme, which resulted in decreasing album sales and radio airplay. Unfortunately, neither Whitney nor her team seem to have gotten the message yet, since this last album falls into the same trap.
Not that "Just Whitney" is a total disaster - the production is professional and slick, it's short and to-the-point, and it has a couple of okay songs. The main problem is that "Just Whitney" is a very boring album loaded with third-rate material that sounds like leftovers from a Mary J Blige recording session (and given the poor quality of Ms Blige's material, that's saying a lot) as performed by a singer who has become a shadow of her former self. Whitney manages to get the right attitude on the first two songs and then falls asleep on the job for the rest of the album - just like the listener. She desperately attempts to recapture some of her magic with heavy ballads like "Try it on my own" and "You light up my life"; however this singer is not the gifted powerhouse that lit up such otherwise generic songs as "Didn't we almost have it all", "You're still my man", "You give good love" or "All at once", and the results are not as convincing.
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I liked Just Whitney. It does have that Atlanta feel to it on most of the songs, versus her native New Jersey feel of her past albums. There's no denying she has a beautiful voice. I like the album's simplicity, keeping it to 10 songs without too much padded stuff that plagues some artists' albums. I stil like One of These Days, Things You Say, My Love (with Bobby Brown), Dear John Letter, the Whatchulookinat, the dramatic Unashamed and others. I like that she went with different producers like Missy Elliott, Kevin Briggs, Troy Taylor and some others for this album, a break from the David Foster/Diane Warren overkill of her previous ones. I think that she put the album at the wrong time, what with Nelly, Eminem, Avril Lavigne and others still dominating the chart. She pushed the album back 3 times, but it was smart she did because it came out right. I hope that the next album will do well and get more people back to hearing Whitney again. This album was overlooked and ignored too much!
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Over a year after its release, Just Whitney is Whitney's worst selling album, being certified as only Platinum, this is not a secret. Unfortunately also, the three singles which were released all peaked at the 70s and 80s positions, which is for sure a disappointment for many fans.
But owning the album for over a year, I think there was a lot of politics involved that caused the low sales. YES, 'Just Whitney' is not The Bodyguard, and is not My Love is Your Love, or any of those other timeless masterpieces, but it is not bad at all. The album carries a very personal theme to Whitney, hence the fans loved it. For the casual listener though, the message comes out a bit too serious, an important factor that caused the failure of not only Just Whitney, but also Madonna's American Life album.
Another factor is the media, I don't think the radio stations that long talked about Whitney were very welcoming of tracks that diss those very same stations.
Last but not least, Arista's ex-CEO, L. A. Reid (who recently was fired due to his incompetence),, All of Whitney's previous work was released with Clive Davis, but this one was released with L. A. Reid, who also released TLC, Toni Braxton, and Santana's recent releases, all of which FLOPPED due to lack of promotion and horrible business decisions. If it was Whitney alone, one would say, but that record label suffered a lot, hence he was asked to exit by the parent company (BMG).
The album is worth picking up, songs like "One of Those Days", which should be a spring season anthem, "Tell Me No", an explosive motivation and self-esteem song, and "Unashamed" make it worth buying.
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By Timothy Yap on Jan. 23 2004
Format: Audio CD
Prime Cuts: Try It On My Own, Love That Man, You Light Up My Life
Overshadowed by the chaos of her personal life, "Just Whitney" came and went without much fanfare. This has become one of music's greatest catastrophe. "Just Whitney," Houston's first full-length album since her 1998 multi-platinum "My Love is Your Love," is truly classic Whitney.
In a musical landscape that eskews ballads, Whitney returns with two outstanding ballads, showcasing her powerful vocal prowess. "Try It on My Own," a co-write of Carole Bayer Sager, is simply classic Whitney. With a gentle piano introduction, the song builds up to a crescendo allowing the voice of the diva to shine at its utmost glory. A song about independence, "Try It" could easily be the anthem of a student leaving for college or a divorcee trying to serve on her own or any person starting a new venture. In the similar emotional depth is "You Light Up My Life." Though "Light" is the old Debby Boone classic, recently revived by LeAnn Rimes, Babyface (Houston's producer) gives this version a more gospel feel with opportunities for Whitney to hold notes missing in other versions.
On the more upbeat side, "Dear John Letter," as the title suggests, is heartbreak with grooves. Singing at the end of the relationship, Houston allows her voice to be guided by some hip hop beat, showing that the diva can keep abreast with the times. Like her previous gem "I Bow Out," "Unashamed" allows Whitney to still show us that she also can handle a midtempo ballad.
"Love That Man" a pop upbeat jovual ode to love and fidelity reminds one of her "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" epoch. With an infectious beat and catchy tune, it's no wonder this song become Billboard's No.1 Dance Song.
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