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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2009
I don't care what people says about Whitney. I've listen to this album many times and ask I like it because it's Whitney or because the album is good. I came to the conclusion I like it because it's good. It got class, rythme, spirit and overall the cd has a good sound of R&B and the soul that I like on a album. So to me it deserves a 5 stars.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon September 12, 2009
Listening to "I look to you", Whitney Houston's new album after a long hiatus, it's easy to understand why her fans are applauding her return to music. In spite of its ups and downs, this album is easily the best thing Whitney has recorded since the soundtrack to "The Bodyguard".

The album is a near-perfect blend of old school and contemporary R&B, cleverly avoiding the predictable hip-hop infused sound that litters so many albums nowadays. In fact, with the exception of the annoying guest vocal spot from Akon, the album actually does very little to follow current trends; it's soulful without retorting to endless vocal runs, and it more than holds it own when you compare it to music released by younger acts. Songs like the engaging "Million Dollar Bill" or the melodic "Worth It" are both strong contenders for the charts, while the ballads "I Look To You" and "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" bring Whitney back to the sound that she shouldn't have neglected on her post-Bodyguard releases. "Call you tonight", "Nothin' but love" and "For the lovers" are as slick and urban as anything you'll hear on the radio; and while her disco-stomping cover of Leon Russell's "A Song For You" won't overshadow the memorable rendition of the Carpenters, it's a surprising take on a well-known song. "Salute" concludes the album on a pensive, longing note; as do many songs, it touches on Whitney's troubled years without getting into details, but reveals the pain that this woman has gone through and her resolve to overcome her personal demons. This restraint is admirable, since it would have been easy to turn "I Look To You" into tabloid-feeding fodder. It's probably her most personal album yet.

Much has been said about the fact that Whitney's voice is not what it used to be. Part of that is true : the thrilling high notes of yesterday have turned into a huskier tone, and she obviously avoids going for the vocal pyrotechnics that highlighted such classics as "I will always love you" or "Greatest love of all". This said, her new, deeper vocals are extremely appealing and still as expressive as they ever were. The material selection could have been a little better, a little more on the melodic side of things; as contemporary as they are, tracks like "Call you tonight", "Nothin' but love" and "For the lovers" sound a little flat, while the uneventful "I got you" stands out as the album's truly weakest link. Now that Whitney has demonstrated that she can still make beautiful music, it would be nice to see her producers matching her voice with material worthier of her talent.

Given the fact that this album just entered charts around the world at the number one position, it seems fair to say that this album is still a warm and surprising from an artist from whom not much was expected anymore. Welcome back, Whitney !
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2009
A nice try by Whitney, but her voice is a thing of the past. Just witness her recent disastrous performance in Central Park where she blamed Oprah for her poor singing voice!

This CD is filled with pleasant, but forgettable music. It unfortunately serves as a reminder of the talent she used to be.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2009
Considering all that she's been through over the past decade, the fact that she's pulled herself together and released any music at all would have likely been significant enough to merit a "comeback". However, this album is not just any music - this is Whitney at her diva best. For fans of her critically acclaimed "My Love Is Your Love" album, this will be welcomed into your collection with enthusiasm.

Whitney Houston, at one time, possessed the most incomprehensibly astonishing voice in modern pop history. She could belt and trill and riff and run with such ease that it, at times, could seem otherworldly. Countless popstars would be influenced by her style, from Mariah Carey to Beyonce, to Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, etc ad nauseum. She is a singular force in pop music when it comes to THAT VOICE.

What I always thought was her greatest strength, however, was not that she could hold a note for 20 seconds or skip up to her highest falsetto without the slightest effort. No, I have always believed that Whitney's greatest strength lied in her phrasing, her lyrical interpretation, her choices regarding when and how she would use that marvelous voice. She never delivered a vocal run simply for the sake of doing it - it was done with purpose; no doubt a trait she learned from her accomplished mother, Cissy, or from her god-mother, Aretha Franklin.

And so while I'm sure many reviews will note the dramatic change in Whitney's voice on this album - I'm not bothered at all. Sure, she may not hit the notes with the same ease as she did 20 years ago ... and sure, she sounds a bit rough 'round the edges at times. But her phrasing and interpretation are Classic Whitney, and the more-personal-than-ever-before lyrics let Whitney pour her heart and soul out.

Just listen to the songs. Whether it's a tale about picking yourself up after going through some may-juh drama on "I Didn't Know My Strength", to a Zen-moment of letting the hate roll on by with "Nothin' But Love" to the final kiss-off of an old flame gone out on "Salute" - this album is essentially Whitney Houston telling us a story. Not just any story - but her own story. She's looking to us for support, for acceptance, for love, for a second chance at re-claiming her rightful place as the Queen of modern Pop/Soul music.

After listening to the songs on this album - everyone one of them single worthy - I will look back at Whitney and say, "I'll Always Love You".
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2009
This album is so great. The songs are amazing and Ms.Houston sounds great. This is a new Whitney, and she a force. welcome back, it was worth the wait. OMG I can't stop playing this album!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2009
I'm so rooting for this album. Can't stop playing Million Dollar Bill and I Look to You while driving!!! I'm totally going nutz about this album!! LOL Welcome back Whitney -the voice!

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