Just Whitney

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
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.
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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/23/2009
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886974786320
  • Catalog Number: 747863
  • Sales rank: 30,336

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 One of Those Days (4:15)
  2. 2 Tell Me No (3:44)
  3. 3 Things You Say (4:10)
  4. 4 My Love - Bobby Brown (3:27)
  5. 5 Love That Man (3:27)
  6. 6 Try It on My Own (4:40)
  7. 7 Dear John Letter (4:33)
  8. 8 Unashamed (3:38)
  9. 9 You Light Up My Life (3:41)
  10. 10 Whatchulookinat (3:33)
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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
Herb Powers Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Whitney

    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!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Troubled and Emotional Whitney still shines!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a terrible mistake this is not a Comeback album at all.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's not right but it's ok

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS IS WHY WHITNEY IS THE GREATEST!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Diva in Decline.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Whitney is Back!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    God's Gift to Mankind

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Whitney still has that FIRE!!!!!!!

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Whitney BETTER than ever!!!

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Try it on my Own is Fantastic

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    There she goes again

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best yet....

    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!!"!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Grown Folks Straight-Sangin!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just Whitney - Just a little too short!!!

    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....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "KEEP YOUR HEAD UP"

    Whitney is one of my favorite artist"past and present" through goodtimes and badtimes I've got your back "KEEP YOUR HEAD UP". Rhonda From Atl.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A truly fantastic album

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WHERE IS WHITNEY GOING ? - DOWNHILL !!!!

    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 )

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just Whitney....is just Great!

    The whole CD is great but my personal favorite is "Things You Say"...thanks Whitney.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Whitney is hot to death! She doesn't get any better than this!!!!!

    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!

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