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,

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:
06/23/2009
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886974786320
catalogNumber:
747863
Rank:
13934

Tracks

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
Regardless of the many trials and tribulations Whitney has endured, she reigns as the ultimate Queen of Song.
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
After "My love..." we fans couldn't wait and see where Whitney would drive the R&B music scene with her great voice. Now we're less than a month away fton "Just Whitney" and from the 2 first samples...things are looking really good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
every track is a single. an explosive come back
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a in my opinion her best album to date, one of those days and tell me no some of the best on the album, she's a lady who seems to get even better with age! x
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
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
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 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
She is back and sounding better than ever. no matter what she has gone thru the last couple of years she still shines thru. i hope all of her fans welcome her back with open arms. girl you have the best voice in the music industry. really enjoyed all the songs especially one of those days and unashamed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
HEARD SOME OF THE SONGS FROM THE ALBUM ON KISS FM TODAY, THEY ARE GREAT!!!!! DEFINITELY SOME HER BEST WORK YET, I LOOK FORWARD TO ALOT MORE.
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
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
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
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
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
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'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
The whole CD is great but my personal favorite is "Things You Say"...thanks Whitney.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whitney is back and better than ever!!! To all her critics and fans alike, Whitney delivers a heartfelt, soul stirring answer to the question "Is she played out?" The 2nd track "Tell Me No" speaks to her determination to weather the "storms" put before her. I love you Whitney, and as far as I'm concerned the only thing you owe anyone is a song, and you have well paid the debt with this latest CD!
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
I like every single song of this album.
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
Wonderful album! Wish she added a couple more tracks.
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.