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#251: Whitney Houston by Whitney Houston

3.15.2012


Whitney Houston by Whitney Houston (1985)

Favorite Track(s): "Saving All My Love For You" and "How Will I Know" and "All At Once" and "The Greatest Love of All"

Thoughts: This might be the only Whitney album on the list, which is a pity, but I'll take what I can get.

If I'm honest, "You Give Good Love" is just a weird song. Too many innuendo associations. Maybe if Prince was singing it, but with Whitney it just doesn't work for me. And I used to listen to "Saving All My Love For You" all the time, but now that I've listened to the lyrics again, is it about her being in love with a married man? That's sort of tainted it.

"The Greatest Love of All" is still a fun if super cheesy ballad. It makes me think of Miranda when she starts singing it in a job interview. And in School of Rock when Dewey is asked his opinion of testing. And now it also makes me think of Portlandia:

-"The Living Years? That song is poetry! Don't you want your child to be sensitive?"
-"Ok, it's poetry in the same way that "The Greatest Love of All" is poetry. It is pabulum. It is juvenile."

The best song on the album really is "How Will I Know" and yes, what every one has said since her death is true: you should really listen to the audio-only version of it to experience her voice's unbelievable power.



Incredible.

Is This Better Than Help!?: No. There are a few good songs, but her voice is the only stand-out to me. Whitney, on the other hand, is better than Help!.

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