Just Whitney Import
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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.
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. This deluxe package includes a DVD featuring the "Whatchulookinat" and "Mega Mix" videos along with behind-the-scenes footage. --Jaan Uhelszki --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Perfect song!!! Whitney is the voice! The best singer. This CD is beualtiful, I love music "Try it on my own"Published on Dec 7 2013 by Danilo Balmant
I purchased this CD as a replacement for the original CD which I lost in a big move just recently!Published on July 9 2013 by janeke 46 - email@example.com
This album is pathetically done and I am tired to get ripped off with her albums. Enough!Published on Dec 9 2005
Once in her life, Whitney Houston was able to sing songs like "I'm Every Woman" without skipping a beat. Read morePublished on July 19 2004
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 morePublished on July 13 2004 by Joe Q
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
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 morePublished on June 7 2004
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 morePublished on May 29 2004 by Hudson G TANNIS