I Look To You (Remastered) Whitney Houston

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Album-Release:
2009

HRA-Release:
14.04.2017

Label: Arista

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Soul

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  • 1Million Dollar Bill03:24
  • 2Nothin' But Love03:35
  • 3Call You Tonight04:08
  • 4I Look to You04:26
  • 5Like I Never Left03:49
  • 6A Song For You04:11
  • 7I Didn't Know My Own Strength03:39
  • 8Worth It04:40
  • 9For The Lovers04:14
  • 10I Got You04:12
  • 11Salute04:10
  • Total Runtime44:28

Info for I Look To You (Remastered)



„The long-awaited seventh album from international R&B superstar Whitney Houston, entitled 'I Look To You', comes as a bold statement from this most influential of artists. Houston's voice is as ethereal and virtuosic as ever, but the songsthemselves take on something of a new persona - gutsy, impassioned and sassy. The writing talents of R. Kelly and the ubiquitous Akon give the record a distinct modernity for an artist whose back-catalogue is so associated with the past, and the result is a truly updated Whitney.

In spite of Whitney Houston’s recent soap opera of a life providing considerable entertainment, it’s good to be see her back on television for the right reasons and doing what she ought to be doing, and judging from recent photos she looks astonishing and serenely comfortable with life. It seems the elder stateswoman of big-voice pop/soul is self-assuredly better looking and sounding than any of her apparent R&B rivals, which makes it a bit of a shame the album doesn’t display that same confidence all the way through.

It all starts off well enough, with the opening track, Million Dollar Bill, setting the singer against a very modern-sounding background, but one with enough depth and actual musical substance to balance the size of her voice. It’s like old-school soul only with up-to-date instruments. It’s so precisely where Whitney should be that she sounds totally energised, sparring with the backing vocals and having fun inside a superbly funky arrangement. The next track, Nothin’ But Love, takes a sparser, synthier approach but provides more than enough to give her a decent platform to work from and keeps things up-tempo fun and vocally playful.

In this setting even the comparatively anorexic third track Call You Tonight, which is little more than generic RnB, is sung so superbly it reinforces the fact that she’s vastly superior many modern stars putting out material of a similar compositional standard. Then, just as audience and artist are revelling in Whitney Houston for the 21st century, we’re yanked back in time with a series of identikit power ballads. True, this sort of thing is her trademark and people will expect it, but they say nothing about Whitney Houston that we didn’t already know. They could’ve come from any of her albums from the last 25 years – under other circumstances, titling one of them Like I Never Left might be considered ironic.

Although I Look to You does drag itself back to the present day with later tracks Worth It and For the Lovers, on which she sounds like she’s enjoying herself again, especially on the elastic grooves of the latter, at this point it only shows up that middle section retreat into her safety zone as being even more unnecessary.“ (Lloyd Bradley, BBC Review)

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Whitney Houston
was one of the biggest female pop music stars of the 1980s and 1990s, thanks to hit singles like "Saving All My Love For You" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody." The daughter of gospel singer Cissy Houston, Whitney had a brief modeling career before she was signed as a singer by Arista Records in 1983. In 1985 she released her first album, Whitney Houston, a Grammy-winner and international hit; her second album, 1987's Whitney, debuted at #1 on the charts. By the end of the 1980s she had a string of number one hits and was one of MTV's biggest stars, combining a clean-cut sex appeal with world-class vocal pipes. Throughout the 1990s, Houston continued to sell millions of records, with hit singles such as "My Love is Your Love" and her popular cover of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You." Houston tried her hand at acting and landed lead love-interest roles in The Bodyguard (1992, with Kevin Costner) and The Preacher's Wife (1996, with Denzel Washington), and played the Fairy Godmother in the 1997 TV version Cinderella. She married singer Bobby Brown in 1992; their stormy relationship became fodder for the tabloids and led to a decline in her career, as rumors of drug use and physical abuse swirled around them. They were divorced in 2007, but by then the damage to her singing career had been done. Houston's later record releases have sold modestly, though her production company had box office success with the films The Princess Diaries (2001, starring Anne Hathaway) and the Disney TV movie The Cheetah Girls (2003, starring Raven Symoné). She died suddenly in 2012 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles, the night before the annual Grammy Awards, after drowning in the bathtub of her hotel room. The coroner's report was accidental drowning, with "effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use" as contributing factors.

Whitney Houston was the cousin of singer Dionne Warwick… Whitney Houston had one child: a daughter, Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown, born to Houston and Bobby Brown in 1993. Bobbi Brown was found unconscious in the bathtub of her home near Atlanta on January 31, 2015, in circumstances reminiscent of her mother’s death; she spent months in a medically-induced coma and died on July 26, 2015… Whitney Houston was the subject of a widespread false rumor in September of 2001 that she had died of a drug overdose.

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