The Economic Voice: Has Whitney Houston Lost it?
April 27th, 2010
Author: Richard Henley Davis
was regarded as one of the world’s greatest singers but, after a succession
of bad reviews and disastrous concerts, the public are beginning to ask if
the years of abuse have robbed her of her talent?
Well maybe and maybe not.
Her voice and lung capacity has been damaged by years of drug addiction but
she does have a husky thing going on that could be developed.
She may not be able to sing what the audience wants to hear and that is her
repertoire of big ballads which made her famous in the first place, but if
that is no longer possible and she still has ability to create then let her
do what she can with her new voice.
We should stop and ask what can her voice do now today and not what could it
do fifteen years ago.
Robert Plant’s voice has changed over the years. The Led Zeppelin front man
no longer attempts some of the vocal acrobatics he could do as a young man
but like a fine wine he has matured and sings what suits his voice today and
that is a brave move for any singer to make and also a wise one.
Listen to Johnny Cash before he died, his voice had always been great but at
the end it was so haunting because of its rich, warm roughness he did not
have in his early career. He always had a great tone but that tone improved
as the vocal range fell.
And so it is for Whitney Houston.
Why are we expecting her to do what she did before the damage was done? She
should take stock of this tour and go away to find herself in her new voice
and maybe sing the odd classic but drop it a few semi-tones.
The complaints about her performances in Australia and now in the London O2
arena, which have resulted in some fans demanding their money back may be a
bit harsh, what were they expecting?
If Elvis made a comeback today would you expect him to come on stage in a
jumpsuit shaking his stuff doing Karate?
There is a future for Whitney Houston and it may be a very different singer
we see next time around.
27 APRIL 2010