http://assets-s3.rollingstone.com/assets/images/album_review/7d4efb21205d41fdf5814080c6b801c7375ff7b0.jpg Just Whitney

Whitney Houston

Just Whitney

Rolling Stone: star rating
Community: star rating
5 2 0
December 30, 2002

The decline of Whitney Houston's career has run in rough parallel to her marriage to New Edition castoff Bobby Brown — every year, she seems to spend less time on her music. On 1998's My Love Is Your Love, she somehow managed to milk bravado-filled, manic greatness from her firestorm relationship. But Just Whitney lacks any fire whatsoever. Both "Dear John Letter" and "Unashamed" could have been the songs on which Houston bit back with ferocity, but instead she plays it timid. The dance-floor numbers — "Whatchulookinat" and "One of Those Days" — are creaky and unconvincing. Most disappointing is her rendition of the lounge standard "You Light Up My Life." With "I Will Always Love You," Houston showed she could take a classic song and make it all her own; this cover, though, only shows an artist vainly trying to reach for what her future once could have been.

Album Review Main Next


Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...


Sort by:
    Read More
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.


    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories

    “Stillness Is the Move”

    Dirty Projectors | 2009

    A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

    More Song Stories entries »