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Just Whitney
     

Just Whitney

4.3 46
by Whitney Houston
 

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Weathering rumors of drug addiction, spousal abuse, and even her demise following her skeletal appearance at 2001's Michael Jackson tribute concert, Whitney Houston strikes back with a bold disc. Attaching her peerless pipes to often unapologetic lyrics, the diva lets the music answer tabloid tattlers. On the dramatic, Babyface-produced "Tell Me No," Houston pleads,

Overview

Weathering rumors of drug addiction, spousal abuse, and even her demise following her skeletal appearance at 2001's Michael Jackson tribute concert, Whitney Houston strikes back with a bold disc. Attaching her peerless pipes to often unapologetic lyrics, the diva lets the music answer tabloid tattlers. On the dramatic, Babyface-produced "Tell Me No," Houston pleads, "You criticize my actions, but I don't see you standing in my shoes," and on the triumphant power ballad, "Try It on My Own" (also produced by 'Face), Houston blares, "I'm stronger now/ I've learned from my mistakes which way to go." Just a few lines later, however, the defiant songbird proclaims, "I'll live my life the way I feel/ No matter what I'll keep it real." Well, that's for sure. On the duet "My Love," she and Bobby Brown knock skeptics who thought their torrid, ten-year union wouldn't last, and on the mid-tempo "Unashamed" she declares she "lives her life with no regrets." Musically, Houston is most famous for soaring, chart-busting anthems such as her cover of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You," and she hopes to duplicate that success here with a reverential remake of Debby Boone's ubiquitous '70s hit "You Light Up My Life." Houston's spitfire personality, however, shines through best on sassy midtempo songs such as the She'kspere-produced "One of Those Days," which samples the Isley Brothers' "Between the Sheets," and the Missy Elliott-produced "Things You Say." Although the disc seems short at ten songs, the confessional Just Whitney... is more than enough to herald the return of this living legend.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The four-year wait between 2002's Just Whitney and her previous album, 1998's My Love Is Your Love, was half that between that record and its predecessor, 1990's I'm Your Baby Tonight; Whitney retreated from the spotlight with this album, and as she canceled concerts, scrapped albums, and pulled out of public appearances, rumors swirled that she and husband Bobby Brown were dangerously addicted to drugs. Following a disastrous performance at the September 2001 Michael Jackson tribute concert, where she looked as if she had already wasted away, the chattering reached a fever pitch and she needed to restore her reputation -- hence the title of Just Whitney: an assertion that she's returning to her basics. This self-styled comeback album is a 40-minute set of contemporary soul. Whitney is in fine voice she's fortunate enough to have Babyface for four productions, three of which are among the highlights of the album. Though Missy Elliott produces a track here, this is nowhere near as concerned with hip production as My Love is Your Love was, and who can blame her? [Also available with a bonus DVD.]

Product Details

Release Date:
12/10/2002
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0078221474726
catalogNumber:
14747

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Whitney Houston   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Babyface   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Ted Bishop   Keyboards
Gordon Chambers   Background Vocals
Greg Charley   Guitar
Nathan East   Bass
Sherree Ford-Payne   Background Vocals
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Wayne Linsey   fender rhodes
Greg Phillinganes   Piano
Tweet   Background Vocals
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar
Sharlotte Gibson   Background Vocals
Gary Houston   Background Vocals
Kenya Ivey   Background Vocals
Latrelle   Background Vocals
Antonique Smith   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Babyface   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Whitney Houston   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Bill Meyers   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer
Aleese Simmons   Composer
Bobby Brown   Producer
Ted Bishop   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming
Gordon Chambers   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Marvin Isley   Composer
Andre Lewis   Composer
Ricky Minor   Producer
L.A. Reid   Executive Producer
Troy Taylor   Programming,Producer,rhythm arrangement,Vocal Producer
Tweet   Vocal Producer
Randy Waldman   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Annie Roboff   Composer
Missy Elliott   Producer
Jeffrey Schulz   Art Direction
Paul Boutin   Engineer
Kandi Burruss   Composer
Scott Kieklak   Engineer
Holly Lamar   Composer
Rob Fusari   Producer
Jerry Muhammad   Composer
Nathan Walton   Composer
Jason Edmonds   Composer
Mike White   Engineer
Kevin Guarnieri   Engineer
Muhammad2G   Producer
Charile "CSUN" Bereal   Producer
Terrence Cash   Engineer
Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,MIDI
Cortez Farris   Engineer
Kenny Bereal   Producer
Patrice "ButtaPhly" Stewart   Composer,Vocal Producer

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Just Whitney 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Who could believe that the Queen diva Whitney Houston would make sush an aweful comeback album.I´ve been a big fan since 1985 then at 11 years old and i loved Whitney ever since and even today i still do but this is not the Whitney i used to know. Her voice is gone and is not so magical anymore Mariah Carey sounds much better and Celine Dion to all the songs on this album is BAD BAD BAD and it´s the worst album she has ever realized on her 18 year career. I Recommend instead Mariah Carey´s Charmbracelet and Celine Dions One Heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Contrary to popular belief, the biggest problem with "Just Whitney" isn't the fact that it's only 39 minutes long. Quantity isn't the issue, here. The real issue is quality, and it's scarce on the diva's first album in 4 years. Picking up where the horrific Diane Sawyer interview left off, Houston takes on a me-against-the-world attitude and singing lyrics that are both defensive and self-involved. The album sounds like it was hastily thrown together in time for the holiday buying season, and the production sounds cheap. Her cover of "You Light Up My Life" could have been her chance to turn the song into an "I Will Always Love You" for the new millennium. But strangely, her delivery sounds somewhat restrained. Diehard fans will swear to high heaven that this record is one of her best, but the truth remains that "Just Whitney" is neither right nor okay. It's just mediocre.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whitney puts it down and shows all these new millennium thin-throat singers (male and female) what real vocal talent is all about. Her vocals are tight, crisp and on-point, Whitney has paid the cost and SHE is the boss!
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Just Whitney" is an awesome CD, despite all the negative publicity about Whitney's personal life. I wish there were more songs. The CD is way too short.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read a recent mediocre review in USA today about this new album. Boy, was it off. This album rocks. This is a new subdued style, but very passionate and expressive. I love this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a true admirer of her talent. I purchased the Limited Edition that includes the CD plus DVD. The only disappointment was that the songs were too short. The CD is only 40 minutes long. I'm currently used to them being about an hour....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Remember when we thought Whitney Houston could release an album of trash but she'd still sound good? Well, this is it! Sadly, *Just Whitney* falls just short of perfection. Houston's voice is once again on point and proves everyone wrong who thought her day was up. However, the music choice is not great. The songs just don't seem to stick, almost as if Houston's angelic vocals are going to waste! Oh no! But wait, songs like *Try It On My Own*, which sounds like it should be off *The Bodyguard* soundtrack, try to redeem the album as a whole, but more tracks fall flat than those that shine, sadly overpowering the disc with cheap R&B riffs that come a dime a dozen these days. With the exceptions of *Try It On My Own* and her amazing cover of *You Light Up My Life*, *Just Whitney* could have been *Just* that much better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whitney is a great diva and this album proves!!! The music is tight and her voice is stunning!!! The record is fantastic!!!! IT is a fine CD of 2002!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a major Whitney fan since 1987 I have listened and bought everything this lady touches, however am i sorry i bought this !! Its seems of late that Whitney is losing her vocal ability and that ARISTA (since Babyface took over as Chairman) seems to be pulling herin the WRONG DIRECTION. Gone are all those catchy pop tunes, gone are all those Power Ballads, instead we are left with a croaky, wishy washy Whitney that resembles absolutely nothing like the lady who sang Didnt We Almost Have It all, so well back in 1987. Artists like Deborah Cox are now putting the once Queen of Pop, into a runner up status. Sorry Whitney, never thought I'd slam anything you did. ( UK fan )
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whitney has certainly proved to be the "come back kid"! This CD is definitely ranked as #1.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WHITNEY HOUSTON WILL NEVER LOSE HER STAR POWER QUALITY AND THAT AMAZING VOICE! THIS CD PROVES THAT SHE IS STILL THE GREAT SINGER/ENTERTAINER SHE WAS DURING THE BODYGAURD YEARS. REGAURDLESS OF ALL THE GARBAGE PEOPLE THROW AT HER SHE STILL OUTSHINES THEM ALL, AND "JUST, WHITNEY" SHOWS US THAT SHE WILL FOREVER BE ON TOP! GOD BLESS, YOU AND REMEBER JESUS IS COMING, SO YOU BETTER GET RIGHT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this CD; Whitney wins back her reputation as DIVA QUEEN!!! I rate this CD 5 stars because it isn't just a CD: it is a collection of beauty.
Guest More than 1 year ago
its so great to hear some new whitney. Tell Me No and Unashamed are my favorites so far. Im thorougly impressed and not at all surprised. especially because whitney could sing the words to an instruction manual and still make them sounds amazing. Just whitney.....its all i need.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just Whitney is the a highly anticipated album. Oh! One of Those Days is number 1 on the radio. Proving that the other divas have nothing on her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
oohhh what a cd. I am so glad Whitney is back. We have missed her. Buy this one !!! What a voice !!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let's get one thing straight okay! Whitney Elizabeth Houston does not crack up! She has come back with a bang and tight. I give the album 5 stars! Listen to her....For all those who are 'Unashamed' on 'One of those Days' you better bow to Whitney or 'Try It On Your Own'.....'Whatchulookinat' anyway? Go get the album. It is Highly Recommemended
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing album from Whitney (with the exception of the angry/paranoid "Whatchulookinat" and the bland "You Light Up My Life"). But the album is SHORT! Europe got extra tracks and the "bonus" DVD in the regular priced packaging. Why should Americans have to pay more and get less? Props to Whitney, but shame on you Arista. I fell a little ripped off.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You have to get the album just for "try it on my own." This is a really heartfelt ballad with lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager. Years ago, this song would have reached number #1 on the charts, today I'm not so sure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful album! Wish she added a couple more tracks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whitney's new album shows how she can indeed still blow you away with her powerful and subtle vocals. Despite all the things she has been through, her voice is still maturing, a lot like Dionne Warwicks' voice did when she got around the age of forty. And even if she doesn't sing as high as she used to, she still has those magic pipes like no one else. I love all the songs, but the two that stick out to me are the songs "one of those days" and "unashamed". God bless you Whitney and I wish you all the success I know this album is going to bring your way
Guest More than 1 year ago
oh my gosh...did yall hear ON MY OWN?THIS IS HER BEST BALLAD ever" i swear this is her best work yet.all the songs are excellent.whitney...this is why I love u soooo much.go girl!!"!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The whole CD is great but my personal favorite is "Things You Say"...thanks Whitney.
Guest More than 1 year ago
God has given us a woman whose talent and voice must be protected by his angels. There simply is no other woman like Whitney. Her track, "You Light Up My Life", is beyond words. You must hear it to appreciate it. Whitney, thank you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed every song on this CD. Whitney you did a great job. You have proven that you are still on TOP !!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say that I'm fairly pleased with this, Whitney's latest effort. I emphasize 'fairly pleased' because it seems that she's managed -- on 2 tracks ["Try It on My Own" and "You Light Up My Life"] to recapture much of the stellar vocal styling that characterizes her earlier work; the work that made me a fan. I've always felt that Whitney has the perfect female voice. Though other singers (Mariah - her new album is only airy whispering .. what's up with that?!?; Celine, Christina A., etc.) have beautiful, powerful voices, they seem to lack the classic quality that Whitney alone exhibits; that ability to sing subtly, sweetly, then to belt powerfully. [OK . . . Barbra Streisand has a classic voice, too.] That having been said, I'm disappointed in the direction that Whitney's taken (or has been directed to take) in recent years. Her singing has now become so peppered with gratuitous ad libs and overworked vocal riffs that the simple, unique beauty of her voice is stifled. I think the changes we've seen come from her desire to do more to please her R&B audience. I don't know, maybe this was inevitable, given the fact that tastes in music are constantly changing, and what each musical genre is comprised of changes as well. The unfortunate result is that some of what Whitney has created is music that any 'one hit wonder' R&B artist can handle. The superiority of her vocal ability fails to shine through as it has on songs such as "The Greatest Love of All", "Didn't We Almost Have it All", "All the Man That I Need", "I Will Always Love You", "I'm Every Woman" (which is R&B, by the way!). I do rather enjoy a couple of the R&B tunes on this album ["Love That Man", "One of Those Days"] though. I guess like many others fans, no matter how much I criticize, I'm irresistibly drawn to her music every time!! But, I do truly hope more of the old Whitney comes back in the future . . if only for a visit.