ALBUM REVIEW

Artist: Whitney Houston
Album: I Look To You
Exec. Producer: Clive Davis, Whitney Houston
Label: Arista
Release Date: August 31, 2009

Since 2002 we have not heard one of the greatest voices in our lifetime. When Whitney Houston's first single "I Look to You" was released, it was a little disappointing, not her best work. One hoped that it was not an indication of what was on the album. But there are a few reasons Whitney Houston's first release in about seven years is staying at the top of the charts.

Let's begin with the fact that its Whitney Houston, she has a huge fan base. Second, some of the best at their game assisted in creating a solid album. Production is top notch and song writer Diane Warren and R. Kelly contributed to a few of the better tracks on the album.

Although Houston's voice isn't a strong as we once remember the quality remains the same. Whitney can no longer belt out songs such as "I Will Always Love You" but she can definitely carry a tune. I Look To You is filled with the tracks that we all loved Whitney for, quality, feel good songs. Tracks such as "Salute" and "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" are reminiscent to "I'm Every Woman" or "Didn't We Almost Have It All". With the exception of a cover of "A Song For You" ( I just do not believe anyone can perform that song better than Donnie Hathaway) and "I Got You" , the album is worthy of purchase.

From the second single "Million Dollar Bill" (co-written by Alicia Keys) to the track "Like I Never Left" featuring Akon, the album is enjoyable. It's Whitney. It's Whitney after seven years of trials and tribulation. It has Whitney's essence. If you a true fan you will like the album and welcome her back.

a.c.e.

SonicAmp Rating: 8/10

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