Format: CD
Catalog: 14747
Rel. Date: 12/10/2002
UPC: 078221474726

Just Whitney
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''Just Whitney…'' is the fifth studio album by American pop/R&B singer Whitney Houston, released by Arista Records on December 10, 2002 (see 2002 in music) in North America. The album was mixed with R&B, Hip Hop songs and ballads. The album debuted at number nine on the Billboard 200 chart and number three on Hip Hop/R&B albums. It became Houston's first album not to have Clive Davis involved. The album spawned four singles. The lead single "Whatchulookinat" released in 2002 peaked at #96 on Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Hot Dance Club Play charts. Internationally, the song performed better peaking inside the top forty in most countries. The second single released was "One of Those Days" - a Hip Hop influenced song. The album performed better than the previous single peaking at #72 and #29 on Hip Hop/R&B songs, but performed poorly on International markets. The third single was "Try It on My Own" which became an Adult Contemporary hit reaching #10 on the chart and also topped the Dance Club Play chart. The final single was "Love That Man" - which was commissioned as a remix single which topped the Dance Club Play chart. None of the songs reached top forty. A video single of "Try It on My Own" achieved gold status in the United States. The album has sold about 3 million copies worldwide. - Wikipedia

"This is just for me," Houston announces at the top of the lead trackhere, "One of Those Days." Hasn't that just always been the problem?Though blessed with as gorgeous a voice as ever went multi-platinum, contemporaryR&B's über-diva has always seemed more intent on admiring herown precise delivery, limitless range and melismatic nuance than reaching outto her listeners. (Listen to "I Will Always Love You" sometime, andnote the emphasis she places the first person pronoun—and not just becauseshe stretches it out over so many syllables.) Now, apparently more intent onsmoothing over her image troubles than entertaining, she's designed thislandmark bit of solipsism.

Just Whitney comes off as a ten-track press release designed to prove that Houston'sstill standing—"My Love," her duet with Bobby Brown is as stagyas a photo op, and only slightly more tuneful. Gone are the rhythmic chancesshe took on her last album, My Love Is Your Love, in favor of some reliableold production pals, most notably Babyface. But the man behind "Exhale(Shoop Shoop)," Houston's warmest track since her pre-star turn withNYC art-funk Material (on 1982's One Down, track it down if youcan), here encourages her defensive egocentrism. Whether immersing the line"No matter what, I'm gonna keep it real" in rigid primness ("TryIt On My Own") or defying nasty critics ("Tell Me No") Houstonexudes an air of paranoid self-regard. And her version of "You Light UpMy Life" isn't even fun in an overbaked "American Idol"sort of way. Sounds like crack isn't all that's wack.
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