(ArjanWrites.com guest contributor Will W. had a chance to preview Whitney's much-anticipated comeback album. Read on to find out what his thoughts are about this new effort.)
Although many of us had our doubts, she pulled through and made it happen. Whitney Houston indisputably is one of the best selling female vocalists of our time having sold 150 million albums to date. This feat places her behind Barbara Streisand, Madonna and Mariah Carey. As opposed to some others in the diva elite, quality control always has been very stringent in Houston’s career under the guidance of mogul Clive Davis. Alright, we can toss her 2002 effort “Just Whitney” perhaps. Every girl has a bad day, but only a true diva can rebound and win the hearts of the public once again. Many will be surprised that "I Look To You" is Houston's sixth studio album only in an illustrious career that dates back to her 1985 debut.
Does Houston truly deliver though? Well, upon giving the highly touted comeback album a go, it's clear that the distinctive timbre and powerful upper range Houston's in "billion dollar voice" (citing press releases from Sony/BMG) are not quite what they used to be. There are no big, belted sustained notes that we have came to expect of Houston circa "The Bodyguard O.S.T." era. But then again, vocal paradigms have shifted and really, full-on belting just does not guarantee airplay anymore (calling Mariah Carey).