I Look to You

I Look to You

3.9 37
by Whitney Houston
     
 
It's only been seven years between Just Whitney and 2009's I Look to You, not even Houston's longest time between albums, but it feels much, much longer, her glory days obscured in hazy memories of lost luster chiefly deriving from a bad marriage with Bobby Brown, chronicled in an embarrassing

Overview

It's only been seven years between Just Whitney and 2009's I Look to You, not even Houston's longest time between albums, but it feels much, much longer, her glory days obscured in hazy memories of lost luster chiefly deriving from a bad marriage with Bobby Brown, chronicled in an embarrassing reality show for Bravo in 2004. I Look to You attempts to wash this all away with something of a return to roots -- a celebration of Houston's deep disco beginnings, tempered with a few skyscraping ballads designed to showcase her soaring voice. Houston's rocky decade isn't ignored, but it isn't explored, either: songs allude to Whitney's strength, her willpower as a survivor struggling through some unnamed struggle -- enough for listeners to fill in the blanks, either with their own experience or their imaginings of Houston's life. More than the songs, Whitney's voice tells the tale of her lost decade. The highs are diminished, the sweetness sanded away, leaving her a thick, powerful growl that has an emotional pull not quite like a ravaged latter-day Billie Holiday, but not all that far removed, either; at the very least, Whitney can still sing, knowing when to wring emotion out of a phrase, knowing when not to push for the glory notes that she can no longer hit. This diminished skill set actually serves the showboating showstoppers well, turning them into something that operates on a human scale, injecting them with something approximating warmth, something that the songs quite deliberately avoid. Also, there just aren't that many of them on I Look to You, either. Most of the album splits the difference between burnished neo-disco and modern soul, aware of fashion but not pandering to it.

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Jody Rosen
I Look to You spends little time looking back. It is a modern soul record, a collection of sleek, often spunky love songs that aim at something more immediate and tangible than nostalgia or catharsis: Houston wants back in the diva stakes. 1/2
Los Angeles Times - Ann Powers
The best giant ballad is the Warren-penned, David Foster-produced "I Didn't Know My Own Strength," an exhibition of battle scars that's richer for the weary, injury-protecting quality of Houston's vocal. If she does earn the Grammy she's virtually been promised for a song from this set, it should be for this one.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/31/2009
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0886971003321
catalogNumber:
710033
Rank:
24022

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Whitney Houston   Primary Artist
Donnie Lyle   Guitar,Musical Direction
Kenny Mason   Choir Director
Charlotte Gibson   Background Vocals
Gary Houston   Background Vocals
Tavia Ivey   Background Vocals
Bernt Rune Stray   Guitar
Courtney Blooding   Background Vocals
Lake View Terrace Voices Of Praise   Choir, Chorus
Jochem van der Saag   Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Whitney Houston   Composer,Producer
Leon Russell   Composer
Franne Golde   Composer
R. Kelly   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Clive Davis   Producer
Norman Harris   Composer
Eric Hudson   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Larry Eaglin Jackson   Producer
Pat Thrall   Engineer
Diane Warren   Composer
Emanuel Kiriakou   Producer,Instrumentation
Harvey Mason   Producer,Vocal Producer
Fernando Garibay   Composer,Producer
Abel Garibaldi   Engineer
Andrew Hey   Vocal Engineer
Ann Mincieli   Engineer
Swizz Beatz   Programming,Producer
Johnta Austin   Composer
Ian Mereness   Engineer
Alicia Keys   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Kasseem Dean   Composer
Dabling Harward   Vocal Engineer
Anita Marisa Boriboon   Art Direction
Michael Daley   Assistant Vocal Engineer
Kasia Livingston   Composer
Aliaune "Akon" Thiam   Composer,Producer
Nathaniel "Danjahandz" Hills   Composer
Jeff Meeks   Engineer
Andros Rodriguez   Engineer
Claude Kelly   Composer,Vocal Producer
Adam Beyrer   Engineer
Mark "Exit" Goodchild   Engineer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Chad Jolley   Engineer
Giorgio Tuinfort   Composer,Programming,Producer
Damien Lewis   Engineer
Jochem van der Saag   Engineer,drum programming,Sound Design
Jordan "DJ Swivel" Young   Engineer
Marcella Araica   Composer

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I Look to You 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Babyjames More than 1 year ago
Whitney has returned with some of her very best work. She still has that something "special" in her voice, that just makes you feel so amazing inside. My favorites are Worth it, Call You Tonight, Million Dollar Bill, I Didn't Know my Own Strength, and the SOULFUL and fiesty SALUTE!!! WHitney hit this album out the ball park; I'm so glad God keep her around!
tbs993 More than 1 year ago
Although you can tell Whitney has some vocal strengthening to do, she is back!!!! Thank God. This album is great. I love the songs and I can tell that she worked with some great producers. Go out and get it, especially if you have been a Whitney fan for years.
micki15 More than 1 year ago
Welcome back Whitney. I just wish there were more songs. We've missed your voice. We've missed you. Stay around.
AliCat5 More than 1 year ago
Her voice is not as strong, but Whitney is back. Every song is pleasing and catchy. I Didn't Know My Own Strength is moving.
CoreyB More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for the 80's voice, don't bother...Whitney is back with a new sound, which shows that she has evolved just as the music industry has evolved. This CD has nice dance tunes (Million Dollar Bill, Salute, Like I Never Left), but it also has nice slow, emotional ballads (I Look to You, and I Didn't Know My Own Strength). It was well worth the wait, and it is nice to finally have a CD, where the lyrics are actually saying something. The phrasing and tone are excellent and only in true Whitney style!
Angelsk More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed listening to this CD. It is whole different voice but one that I do like. My favorite is "I Look to You." Whitney is BACK!!!!
ckMA More than 1 year ago
Keep em comin, Whit!
Garbear More than 1 year ago
What a fabulous recording.....she's better than ever & this new recording proves it....I'd recommend this one to anyone! Great stuff here!! Gary:)
CynCity2413 More than 1 year ago
I love this album. It keeps me company when I travel by train, plane, or bus. Whitney's voice is an angel and I love hearing it while relaxing or just having a long-ride home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always loved Whitney Houston. The songs are this CD are great. it has a different rythum to it. I felt that her and Bobby was not a match. But who am I to say, I've made not so good choices in men myself. I'm glad she is on her way to a new life, a life less chaotic. Whitney has so much to offer the world with her songs. I know now that she could be a better parent for her daughter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After I listened to this cd a few times I LOVE it. What a great voice and she was in her 40's when she made it! What a great loss
matt1014 More than 1 year ago
Here i am a white guy and i actually fell in love with this CD i hope radio stations will embrase and open up to "I Look to you" BY Whitney great CD........truly inspirational.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE IT! I think this cd is a fabulous cd and so catchy. I love her voice, it is as strong as ever. That "Million Dollar" song is so catchy it stays in your head. What a bargain too!
KayDavis More than 1 year ago
I love it, love it, love it. This was a phenomenal comeback if ever there was one. I love the whole CD from beginning to end. I found it to be unbeleivable that Whitney did not win an award for this album. This proves that the star never stopped shining for Ms. Houston, and I look forward to hearing more from her, of the same quality.
LazWells More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this CD. At times it was a bit "look at what I've been through". But overall I am happy to have purchased it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this as a gift for my mom and she really liked it!
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