Volume 96, Issue 58
Tuesday, January 14, 2003

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CD REVIEW: Whitney Houston
Houston off crack, back on track

Whitney Houston
Just Whitney
Arista



Rundown: Just Whitney is a powerhouse combination of classic Whitney vocals and some innovative beats and lyrics meant to reflect the diva's new, self-sufficient outlook on life. Whitney Houston has come a long way since her notorious battles against cocaine and alcohol abuse, a rocky marriage and an eating disorder. This album is an inspiring personal story layered with catchy beats.

Key Tracks: Although Whitney herself is the lead vocalist in most of her songs, she does manage to bring in new artists like Tweet and Kenya Ivy on such tracks as "Things You Say" and "Try it on My Own," in addition to old favourites like Babyface in "You Light Up my Life." Watch out for P-Diddy's remix of "Watchulookinat," which is sure to be hitting the dance clubs. Other than that, the only other song on the album with a move-your-feet kind of beat is the first track, "One of Those Days." The slower beats seem to reflect the slowing down of Whitney's own personal life.

Sounds Like: Just Whitney is an easy-listening compilation that sets a great background sound for activities like house-cleaning, road trips, social stuff and maybe even a little romance. It truly is a multi-faceted album, but it still sounds like the same old Whitney we're all familiar with.

–Katy James

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