First London Review...
London Evening Standard: A horrible and heartbreaking evening with
By John Aizlewood, Evening Standard 26.04.10
Rated 1/5 Stars
Houston once had it all: the voice of a soul great: the looks of a
supermodel and more record sales than any woman bar Celine Dion, Madonna,
Tina Turner, Nana Mouskouri and Mariah Carey.
Now, post-marriage and post-crack, all that remains is rubble of a wrecked
career. On the evidence of last night's excruciating, car crash shambles,
she may look older than her 46 years and she may be visiting Cleo Laine’s
hairdresser, but there is no skirting around this: that fabulous voice is
utterly, utterly torn to shreds.
Where once she soared, now she wheezes and croaks, bludgeoning her perfect
pop single I Wanna Dance (With Somebody Who Loves Me) into karaoke
submission; stripping the moving My Love Is Your Love of all emotion and
inflicting grisly carnage on I Will Always Love You (if she is late-period
Judy Garland, this is her Over The Rainbow).
"My soprano friend doesn't wanna come tonight," she mumbled after missing
yet another note. Neither did her contralto or mezzo-soprano “friends“.
The nadir of nadirs came during A Song For You which collapsed halfway
through into a rambling, nonsensical discourse (one of many) on Michael
Jackson (“I called him... Michael and he called me... Whitney“).
So many people fled mid-show, despite paying up to £100 a ticket, that
afterwards there was no 02 transport trauma.
Those who decided that Whitney Houston was capable of undertaking a world
tour should hang their heads in shame. A horrible and heartbreaking evening.
Whitney Houston plays the 02 Arena tonight and Wednesday 0844 277 4321
26 APRIL 2010