Whitney Houston – “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” – Remixes

August 5, 2009

whitney-houston i look to youThe remixes to Whitney’s somewhat boring first single are rather slow to come out.  Here are the Rafael Lelis radio and club remixes; they’re pretty decent, slightly trance-y.

I Didn’t Know My Own Strength (Rafael Lelis Radio Edit)

I Didn’t Know My Own Strength (Rafael Lelis Club Mix)


Track-By-Track Review Of Whitney Houston’s New Album

July 22, 2009

whitney-houston i look to youClay Cane at the BET blog “Entertainment Spotlight” has a brief track-by-track review of Whitney’s new album, as presented at a listening party last night (“the tracks are still being polished.”)

The review isn’t gushing but the reviewer was definitely impressed with what he heard:

Overall, the nine tracks that were played received a good response. The album definitely has the potential to be a hit.  For Whitney, there is no such thing as a “comeback” — icons “don’t call it a comeback,” they just jump back in the game whenever they are ready.  One thing I do know is no one should expect 1985 Whitney.  Artists evolve and it’s limiting when we trap performers in a particular box or era.  The best piece about the tracks is that Whit has some grit to her voice, her vocals are still strong but she doesn’t mind getting a bit nasty with it.  While the album isn’t finished, I believe folks will be pleasantly surprised.

His full review here.

The album, “I Look To You”, drops September 1.

New Whitney!

July 7, 2009

whitney_houstonWhitney’s loooong-awaited comeback album, titled “I Look To You”, will drop September 1 and the first single is here.

The song is a slow tempo ballad that doesn’t take her voice out of the middle range or feature any decent climax. On the up-side, her voice does sound good, it’s not super-over-produced, and there’s no auto-tune! (I have such low standards for the music industry these days.)

Hopefully the remixers can work their magic on this.

Whitney Houston – I Didn’t Know My Own Strength

Label: New Whitney Houston Album In September

June 4, 2009

whitney_houstonReuters is reporting that Arista has announced that Whitney’s long-awaited ‘come back’ album – her first in seven years – will be released in September 2009.

You may remember that in January, Whitney’s mentor and mega-guru Clive Davis said the album would be out in March 2009 before quickly back-peddling.

It will be interesting to see whether this album stands-out as a genuine Whitney come back or a generic, well-produced pop album. Whitney’s recent live performances have left something to be desired and with her age – 45 – there’s no way she’s going to have the range she once did.

It’s Whitney, Bitch [Updated]

January 15, 2009


The NY Post is reporting that according to Whitney Houston’s mentor, Clive Davis, her new album will be released in March of 2009.  (That’s soon!) Although I don’t find this date anywhere on her website, it does appear as though her internet home has been spruced-up for something.  I’ve heard about her staging a comeback for a while but this is the first I’ve heard of anything concrete.  Surely whatever comes out of the studio will be better than this live garbage (from ’07, I believe):

Unrelated: there’s an entire section on Ms. Houston’s Wiki page titled, “Substances.Awesome.

Trivia: “I Will Always Love You” was arguably the biggest song to come out of The Bodyguard but it was actually everyone’s second choice.  Originally, they wanted Whitney to sing a cover of Jimmy Ruffin’s “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” [Download] but when they learned that that song was going to be included in Fried Green Tomatoes, Whitney requested something else and Kevin Costner suggested “I Will Always Love You” instead.

Jimmy Ruffin – What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted

Update: Whitney’s website is now reporting that the March date circulating in the press is “erroneous.”  Sigh.