I Look to You

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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.

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/31/2009
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 886971003321
  • Catalog Number: 710033
  • Sales rank: 25,816

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Million Dollar Bill (3:24)
  2. 2 Nothin' But Love (3:36)
  3. 3 Call You Tonight (4:10)
  4. 4 I Look to You (4:27)
  5. 5 Like I Never Left - Akon (3:51)
  6. 6 A Song for You (4:12)
  7. 7 I Didn't Know My Own Strength (3:41)
  8. 8 Worth It (4:40)
  9. 9 For the Lovers (4:14)
  10. 10 I Got You (4:13)
  11. 11 Salute (4:10)
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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
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Norman Harris Composer
Eric Hudson Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Larry Eaglin Jackson Producer
Pat Thrall Engineer
Diane Warren Composer
Emanuel Kiriakou Producer, Instrumentation
Harvey Mason Jr. 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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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Voice has returned!!!

    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!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Whitney is Back!!

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    She's back

    Welcome back Whitney. I just wish there were more songs. We've missed your voice. We've missed you. Stay around.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    You gotta love Whitney!

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD FOR ALL PEOPLE ONE OF Whitney's Best!

    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.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Whitney Houston - I look to You

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Listening On-the-road

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Whitney's "I Look To You"....WOW!!!

    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:)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Whitney is back! Hallelujah!

    Keep em comin, Whit!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great to have you back!!!!! Much Love!!!!!

    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!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Whitney is Back!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The voice is GONE!

    So, so sad. Her voice is gone.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    Love It

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A gift

    I got this as a gift for my mom and she really liked it!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Nice Comeback

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    BRAVO

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Voice

    I was disappointed in this album. Whitney's voice is as great as always, but the songs for the most part sounded too much like other current pop singers. The album did not "wow me" as I thought it might.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not what I thought.

    Very disappointing. So looked forward to this album and was extremely let down.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's OK

    Its an OK recording.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Whitney has done better!

    I bought this cd because I wanted to see what Whitney would bring to the table after her divorce from Bobby Brown and I have to say that she's not the same old Whitney. I don't think she has the character in her voice that she once had. Some of the songs are okay, but it is not a cd that I will regularly play.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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