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I'm a big Whitney Houston fan and have done a few reviews on some of her previous albums. My favourite album of hers at the moment is her new one that she released last month as I have been listening constantly to it. Her voice is not as good as it once was, granted, I don't rellay think she can reach the high notes or hold them for as long as she used to be bale to but for me she is still an incredible artist.
I was lucky enough to be able to get tickets for her concert at the 02 in London in April and in preparation for that my husband, who is also a big fan has me listening to some of her early early CD's to get a more rounded view of her work and music.
I'm Your Baby Tonight was one of her CD's that I was not too familiar with. I knew some of the songs but some were new for me and it was great to hear them for the first time. My husband put this one on because it also includes a duet with Stevie Wonder who is another favourite of ours. His voice and hers just melt together and they really sound great. They sing We Didn't Know which is track number 9 on the album.
The album is Whitney's third studio album. It was released in November 1990 so this is the time when In my opinion she was completely in her prime, releasing great songs, not haven gotten into drugs yet (hopefully) and really having a great time performing and singing. The album peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, went on to be certified 4x platinum in the United States, and spun two number-one hit singles, I'm Your Baby Tonight and "All the Man That I Need".
All the Man That I Need is a really good song too and one that I had definitely heard before. It's actually a really nice love song and one that is such a tribute to the man you love in my opinion. She talks about being unhappy until a certain guy came along and then now she's found him, he's all she's got in the world but he's all the man that she needs.
The rest of the tracks on the album are as follows:
"I'm Your Baby Tonight"
"My Name Is Not Susan"
"All the Man That I Need"
"Lover for Life"
"I Belong to You"
"Who Do You Love"
"We Didn't Know"
"After We Make Love"
I am surprised nobody has ventured a review for this wonderful album yet. Whitney has stood the test of time and her music still plays an important role in society today. Whether it be her poppy stuff in clubs, or the ballads on late night request shows on radio, it is always a pleasure to hear her music.
Who is she:
US singer Whitney found fame in the eighties when 'Saving All My Love For You' became a UK number hit single in 1985. Since then, she has gone from strength to strength, exploring different styles along the way. From pop to gospel to r and b. She is due for a comeback anytime soon, having spent 2008 in the recording studio, working on new material.
The album gets off on a good foot with 'Im Your Baby Tonight.' This is a remarkable pop record with just the right amount of disconess added. Whitney tells her lover she will do anything for him and races through the song with steamy vocals and such enthusiasm in her vocals that it is impossible not to feel slightly uplifted by the performance.
'My Name Is Not Susan' takes an altogether different tact, finding Whitney in a surly frame of mind as she throws a diva strop. The song is playful and fun and she seems to be having a whale of a time as she bemoans her lover.
I have always enjoyed the softer side of her music and was thrilled to discover a very strong ballad in the form of 'All The Man That I Need.' This harks back to the days of 'Greatest Love Of All' and has a soaring powerful chorus in which Whitney lets rip.
One to play when the light go down low is the moody 'After We Make Love' which is all 'hot under the collar' vocals, breathy and sensual and a chance to calm down after some more upbeat numbers before its arrival.
11 solid tracks, some tasteful artwork and great production. Recommended.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 I'm Your Baby Tonight
2 My Name Is Not Susan
3 All The Man That I Need
4 Lover For Life
7 I Belong To You
8 Who Do You Love
9 We Didn't Know - Houston, Whitney & Stevie Wonder
10 After We Make Love
11 I'm Knockin'