After seven long years since the release of Just Whitney backin 2002, Whitney â€œThe Voiceâ€ Houston is back with her sixth studio album, I Look to You. The highly anticipated album hits shelves today, but is it worth spending your money on? You can count on True Exclusives to keep it real and give you the run-down. After all, we are in a recession!
I Look to You opens with the groovealicious, yet aged lead single Million Dollar Bill, which sounds like a distant cousin to 1983â€™s I Want to Dance With Somebody. The second-rate track leads into the albumâ€™s low point, track #2, Nothinâ€™ But Love, in which the absence of â€œthe voiceâ€ is most apparent. Low notes are too husky, and high notes just do not soar the way they used to. Crack is whack, but this track may just be may whacker.
Thankfully, the album goes uphill after these first two tracks. The contemporary and smooth Call You Tonight and the uplifting title track I Look to You, build up to one of the albumâ€™s best, the Akon produced and featured Like I Never Left. We first heard the track last year when it leaked and I didnâ€™t think much of it.Â Luckily, Whitney hit the studio and re-recorded it. The islandesque beat intertwined with the beautiful melody came together and created what may be, the albums gem.
Now, Whitney is best known for her giant powerful ballads and the Diane Warren written I Didnâ€™t Know My Own Strength does not fail to disappoint. The 46 year old finds herself belting â€œI crashed down, and I tumbled/ But I did not crumbleâ€. Without a doubt, this is the album best, lyrically at least. Not as good as the title track but definitely a solid effort. The next three love songs lead into my personal favorite, Salute. Whitney goes out with a bang on the album closer in which she declares â€œdonâ€™t call it a comeback, no/Iâ€˜ve been here for yearsâ€. The thumbing beat combined with the R. Kelly written lyrics makes for one of the most radio-friendly songs on the album. I have faith that, if released as a single, Salute could do what â€˜Irreplaceableâ€™ did for Beyonce. I guarantee you the addictive chorus will find you putting this song on repeat.
I Look to You blends ballads, mid-tempos and a few up-tempos beautifully. With that said, the million-dollar question arises: Is I Look to You worth purchasing? The answer is YES. Although the album does not scream â€œIâ€˜m back bitchesâ€ it is definitely a solid attempt that might nab Whitney a couple of Grammyâ€™s while pleasing stans and gaining fans all at once.