Just Whitney

Just Whitney

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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, … See more details below

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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, "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.

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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:
06/23/2009
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886974786320
catalogNumber:
747863
Rank:
40345

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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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