September 8, 2009
Whitney Houston Comeback UPDATE: How’s She Doing?
Well, Whitney’s comeback album, I Look to You, has debuted to mixed reviews.
Sales have been going pretty well (she had been #1 on Amazon for a few weeks with pre-sales and has been in the top 5 ever since the album’s release), but is that enough to achieve a great comeback?
Whitney tried once to come back in 2002 when she released an album entitled, Just Whitney. However she was having an incredible amount of personal problems and just couldn’t pull off a comeback to the major music industry. The album reviews for Just Whitney were not good, and sales were mediocre. In all, she was not the 180-million-album-selling artist she used to be. She knew it, and everyone else knew it.
Well now she’s trying again with I Look to You and she seems to be doing much better: she looks great, she sounds much better, and she seems to have the energy to promote herself well (unlike last time—remember the 2002 Diane Sawyer interview?). Even though the album isn’t getting stellar reviews, she can still pull through and make a great comeback.
The first single off the record, “I Look to You,” is a ballad that is pretty generic. The rest of the album, though, is full of variety and a good energy for a grown-up and battle-wounded Whitney. You can hear that she has been through a lot in the last ten years just by listening to the way her voice sounds now. I’m not sure if we will ever be able to hear her original, name-making version of “I Will Always Love You” ever again. That being said, I Look to You is a good effort from Whitney.
She made a smart move by sticking with industry tycoon Clive Davis, and by collaborating with some of today’s biggest names in the R&B genre (Alicia Keys, Akon, etc.). So far the album is climbing the charts and everyone is well aware that Whitney wants back in. Sounds like good news for Whitney!
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