First of all, I just want to say that as a perennial Whitney Houston fan, I am ecstatic that her first studio album in seven years, I Look to You, is finally going to be in stores on September 1, 2009. Considering everything she’s been through in the last decade, I’ve been rooting for her to return to musical prominence.
With that being said, the album’s tentative first single, “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength”, has left me in an awkward position. Produced by the legendary producer David Foster and written by the Grammy award winning songwriter Diane Warren (“Because You Loved Me” and “How Do I Live”), the song–as heartfelt as it is–may not be the big comeback single that fans were hoping for. While I respect her for staying true to her artistic integrity and not feeling the need to compete with what is popular at the moment, “Strength” sounds dated in its production and the lyrics come off as being trite at times.
Nonetheless, Houston’s voice is in pretty good shape here and all of the passion that made her a worldwide superstar is present. Yes, her voice has changed for well-known reasons but I applaud Whit Whit for embracing it and going forward. Hopefully, with people like Ne-Yo, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Will.I.Am, and StarGate supposedly on board for the album, the rest of Whitney’s new material will have more edge.
What do you think of Whitney’s comeback song? Did she wait too late for her comeback? Do you think her comeback album will mark the triumphant return for one of pop music’s greatest divas of all time or will it be a flop?
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