New York Post: Houston Has No
By DAN AQUILANTE
WHITNEY Houston broke
seven years of musical silence this week, unveiling nine of the 11 tracks
for her much delayed album "I Look to You."
The disc, infused with a very '90s R&B quality that leans on vocals rather
than distracting strings, was played by Whitney's guru Clive Davis at Jazz
at Lincoln Center's Allen Room.
Here's a quick preview of the album, which is set for a Sept. 1 release.
1. "Million Dollar Bill" -- Written by Alicia Keys for Houston and
produced by Swizz Beatz, this is the freshest and most aggressive tune on
2. "Nothin' But Love" -- Her strength lies in the growly mid-range
she uses well here to deliver a pleading element.
3. "Call You Tonight" -- With a pretty melody and straightforward
vocals, this is one of the simplest songs on the record.
4. "I Look to You" -- An old-fashioned, booming gospel ballad.
5. "Like I Never Left" -- This breakup to make-up song finds Akon
dueting with Whitney for a bouncy pop track.
6. "A Song for You" -- Why cover this Leon Russell song and try to
soup it up into a disco piece?
7. "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" -- This ballad, written by sap
queen Diane Warren, seems to chronicle Houston's well-publicized marital and
drug problems. It's a hokey, pokey stumble.
8. "Worth It" -- The answer song to "How Will I Know" (the huge hit
of Houston's youth). Good melody and lyrics in this up-tempo tune.
9. "Salute" -- This drag-beat R. Kelly composition has Whitney
talking her way through the song. While it isn't an outright ballad, the
synthesized melody has a repetitious, molasses tempo.
25 JULY 2009
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