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Just Whitney [Import]

Whitney Houston Audio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (316 customer reviews)
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1. Whatchulookinat?
2. Tell Me No
3. One Of Those Days
4. Things You Say
5. My Love feat. Bobby Brown
6. Love That Man
7. On My Own
8. Dear John Letter
9. Unashamed
10. You Light Up My Life
11. Whatchulookinat? (P. Diddy Remix)

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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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UK reissue of the R&B/Soul/Pop diva's fifth album, originally released in 2002. Includes one bonus track, Whatchulookinat? (P. Diddy Remix).Just Whitney was yet another hit album for Houston, entering the Billboard Top 10 and going platinum in no time at all. It was also her last non-Holiday studio album for seven years. Sony/BMG.

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1.0 out of 5 stars When bad things happen to great singers July 12 2005
By Louis TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the fan, Good for the casusal listener Jan. 25 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Superb 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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
Perfect song!!! Whitney is the voice! The best singer. This CD is beualtiful, I love music "Try it on my own"
Published 8 months ago by Danilo Balmant
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Whitney indeed!
I purchased this CD as a replacement for the original CD which I lost in a big move just recently!
Published 14 months ago by janeke 46 - mariannetait@yahoo.ca
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible!!!!!!
This album is pathetically done and I am tired to get ripped off with her albums. Enough!
Published on Dec 9 2005
3.0 out of 5 stars 'Just' Is Just OK'
Once in her life, Whitney Houston was able to sing songs like "I'm Every Woman" without skipping a beat. Read more
Published on July 19 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars We're looking at you Whitney, and waiting for a great album
I have had every album that this powerhouse vocalist has released. The fiery vocals on "Whitney Houston" to the tempered ballads of "Whitney" to the... Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by Joe Q
3.0 out of 5 stars a DECENT ALBUM
HER 5TH STUDIO ALBUM IS A DECENT ALBUM NOT BETTER THAN MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE
BUT STILL WORTH BUYING IN MY OPINION . Read more
Published on June 14 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Whitney Is Back and Better Than Ever
Whitney Houston returned to the studio in 2002 to record this, her first all new album since my love is your love in 1998. Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by "spikychris"
5.0 out of 5 stars Lets review her music,not her personal life.
Those of us who use Amazon review to vent your anger of Whitneys personal life,shame on you.This cd is about Music great excellent music... Read more
Published on May 29 2004 by Hudson G TANNIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
I think this album is one of her best ones......
One Of Those Days-5 Stars---Cool Upbeat Tempo Single
Tell Me No-5 Stars----Shows the raging fire whitney has
Things... Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by Samuel
5.0 out of 5 stars Sang it Whitney
Despite rumors about her personal life, this album ROCKS! I heard One Of Those Days in a store and I said oo it sounds like Whitney Houston. Read more
Published on May 16 2004 by Subaru Jim
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