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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,


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

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Sbme Special Mkts.


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
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
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
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.
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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
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
The whole CD is great but my personal favorite is "Things You Say"...thanks Whitney.
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
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
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
Whitney's voice is still fantastic and intact, however her self-righteous my get the best of her. "I live my life the way i feel, no matter i kept real..." Thats all good Whitney but your record sales may suffer for your outrageous behavior. Despite e this Just Whitney is a very good album that manages to squeeze out some pretty rememorable songs. The title track, Tell me no, Dear John are the high lights that show Whitney is not a little girl anymore. Tired and drama-fied Whitney struggles to capture a magic that only a teenager can possess.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whitney Houston has been at the top of the music industry and still can be--but not with such a dissapointing album as *Just Whitney*. Don't get me wrong, Houston's voice is on point just as ever, but the songs lack a *listenable* quality that is a first for a Houston album. There just aren't enough hooks and chorus' to keep you singing. The best on the album includes *Try It On My Own* , sounding like it should have been on The Bodyguard soundtrack, and *One Of Those Days* , which has that catchy funk that the album is so desperately missing. More of those type of tracks would have taken the album in a higher direction, instead, hostile tracks such as *Whatchulookinat* and *Tell Me No* have us thinking, Whitney do you even like the fans?? Sure doesn't sound like it. Grade : C
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's out now and like everyone I'm feeling very stupid for ever having thought the diva's talent would just disappear in a puff of smoke (no pun intended) just because her life seemed in a mess. Even the harshest of critics will certify that every single track on this record is pure hit material. Some are just meant to become classics (Dear John Letter, Things You Say). The ballads (You Light Up My Life, On My Own) are like a way for her to say "look where it started - I set the standards and I'm still the one to meet them best". The up-tempo RnB tunes are just legend. Simply incredible. No excuse to miss this one!
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.
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
every track is a single. an explosive come back
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
Wonderful album! Wish she added a couple more tracks.
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
Problems aside, its great to see Houston back and cranking out the vocal prowess that made her an unparalleled force in the music business. In an era of never ending rap and/or the candy pop of "Jenny on the Block" (and others like it), its great to hear some real soul again. It reminds me of the great music of "the old school" days but with an updated neo soul/pop approach. After abandoning the radio over the past couple of years in support of jazz because of the subpar "hits" on the radio over and over and over, it feels nice to hear the REAL DEAL back in full force, both on the radio and on disc.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Waiting 4 years for a new studio album by your favourite entertainer was extremelly difficult, the anticipation was unbearable, But I am left slightly dissapointed. This 11 track album is simply not long enough, and 2 of those tracks are the same song just remixed differently. All the tracks on the album are good tracks and Ms Houston's voice still has something(but has no magic like the voice of old we are all used too).The stand out track is 'On my own', vintage Whitney ballad and you hear her voice the best it's ever going to get these days, the worst for me is'You light up my life', her worst vocal performance on record of her career apart from 'same scrip'.Apart from he lack of tracks this album by far surpassess'My love is your love' but I think Ms Houston could have at least put the hours in to give her fans an album that will last them as long as she takes to record one. 7/10
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought it today, listened to it 3x already - it's really great! Her voice is still second to none!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whitney has returned with a bang! I love all the tracks on the album - they are all potentially number one. "Dear John Letter" is truly amazind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think ebery boby should pick up this album next week because it is sikply amazing. whether you like pop soul, r&b or hiphop whitney just makes u want to support hewr music. this is definitely a tresure al