Just Whitney [Bonus DVD]

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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 ...
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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.
The bonus DVD version includes behind-the-scenes footage and a megamix of the Brown-produced dance hit, "Whatchulookinat."
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.]
New York Times - Jon Pareles
Ms. Houston's voice sails and spirals through breathy ballads, staccato constructions and big-build anthems; she's strategic and improvisatory at the same time.

Ms. Houston's voice sails and spirals through breathy ballads, staccato constructions and big-build anthems; she's strategic and improvisatory at the same time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/10/2002
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 078221479127
  • Catalog Number: 14791

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)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Whatchulookinat
  2. 2 Mega Mix
  3. 3 Behind the Scenes Footage
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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
Joe Brooks Composer
Bobby Brown Producer
Ted Bishop Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements, drum programming
Gordon Chambers Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Greg Charley Composer
Calvin Gaines Composer
Marvin Isley Composer
Andre Lewis Composer
Ricky Minor Producer
Herb Powers Mastering
L.A. Reid Executive Producer
Troy Taylor Composer, Programming, Producer, rhythm arrangement, Vocal Producer
Tweet Vocal Producer
Randy Waldman String Arrangements, String Conductor
Annie Roboff Composer
Missy Elliott Composer, Producer
Jeffrey Schulz Art Direction
Paul Boutin Engineer
Kandi Burruss Composer
Scott Kieklak Engineer
Melissa Van Twest Multimedia Producer
Holly Lamar Composer
Stephanie Salzman Composer
Rob Fusari Composer, Producer
Balewa Muhammad Composer
Jerry Muhammad Composer
Nathan Walton Composer
Jason Edmonds Composer
Mike White Engineer
Dave Anderson Mastering
Kevin Guarnieri Engineer
Muhammad2G Producer
Charile "CSUN" Bereal Composer, Producer
Eritza Laues Composer
Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs Arranger, Producer, Engineer, MIDI
Cortez Farris Engineer
Kenny Bereal Composer, Producer
Patrice "ButtaPhly" Stewart Composer, Vocal Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    she does it again

    Thought this was another GREAT albumn by Whitney. And spoke to those who love her and those who hate her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WHITNEY's BACK!

    Her voice has matured and her soul undeniable. She belts and sings her music so flawlessly it pierces your soul. Very personal music from one of the world's greatest entertainers. I especially like "One of those days", "Unashamed", "Try It on my own" and her remake of "You light up my life" I highly recommend it.

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