Kathleen L. (katlupe) from OXFORD, NY Reviewed on 5/4/2007...
Ann C. from MILWAUKIE, OR Reviewed on 3/27/2007...
This is a lovely collection.
It's her greatest debut of all!!!!
Lucy | Florida | 10/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i am very familiar with most of the songs on this album. some of them were hugely popular back then. this was the album that made people fall in love with whitney and her voice. it's all filled with great memories and classics. for people who are beginning to like whitney and her music, you should start right here. such bittersweet memories!!!
1. "You Give Good Love"-awww...i love this song. her vocals are so amazing. i could just feel it. it takes me back to those good ole times when i was little. 5/5
2. "Thinking About You"-"that's what i wanna do". i miss this kind of whitney. she sounded so youthful and vibrant. unfortunately, good things don't last long. 5/5
3. "Someone for Me"-a nice, 80s pop tune....that's all i could say. 5/5
4. "Saving All My Love for You"-this song was HUGE back then. everyone tuned into this song and tried to sing like her. they even got steve urkel singing this song, lol. it's very seductive at best. 5/5
5. "Nobody Loves Me Like You Do"- i don't care too much about this song. it sounds country-like and it's kinda boring. 1/5
6. "How Will I Know"-the only dance song on this album that moves you to your feet. 5/5
7. "All at Once"-i'm not sure if i heard this song before...i probably have but it's a really nice, decent song. they need to have more songs like these. 5/5
8."Take Good Care of My Heart"-whitney and jermaine sound great together just as they did on "if you say my eyes are beautiful". it reminds me how music used to sound so great back then. 5/5
9. "Greatest Love of All"- another HUGE, memorable song. it was an 80s equivalent to Mariah Carey's "Hero". i remember the kids at my school sang this song one time. it may sound cheesy, but it is really inspirational. it's about believing in yourself. too bad they don't have these kind of songs anymore. 5/5
10. "Hold Me"-i grew up hearing this song but i never realized that this was whitney singing this. i love this duet with her and teddy pendergrass. it's very romantic as roberta flack and peabo bryson's "tonight i celebrate my love". 5/5"
Thinking About Whitney
Andre S. Grindle | Brewer Maine | 12/06/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"You could not have told me when this album came out that today she'd be a snubbed and embarrassing presense at a big aware show. That was not the sort of thing I was hearing when I heard this. As with many people I've has a lot of diminished respect for Whitney's music and general attitude. To be honest I've been more than a little critical of even her career choices and I don't feel it's without merrit. Part of it comes from this debut. Any generational sentimentality of hearing it a lot in my youth aside this is still in many ways a very impressive album and one of her stronger. There are weaknessess of course. Some of the production on the uptempo tunes is blander than it deserves to be and some of the needless lyrical stubborness is rearing it's head in places. But once you get into this you can put the last decade and a half of her career aside for a moment and say....well at least there was strong potential here. Even at this point her stock and trade appeared to be the "big ballad",or what I'd later jokingly refer to as the sad supermodel song. It's a place where..a glamorous person is more unhappy and determined about not "having it all" and,to be honest it sometimes gives the lyrics a bit of a shallow quality as a result. Not as if you cannot admire the determination of "All At Once" or "The Greatest Love Of All" but still they could've been so much more that way. Not that the music is'nt very good. The overall feel of this album is very glammy and luxorious in terms of production and orientation. My favorite song here is "Thinking About You",the one cut that almost gets in the groove even as the heavily slick production stops it from making it all the way. "Someone For Me" and of course "How Will I Know" round out the uptempo tunes and are both more or less mid 80's dance productions kind of designed for pop radio:designed is a key word as spontaniaty isn't really there. But that's not where it's at with Whitney so on the lighter level they have a certain likability,or rather hummability. "Saving All My Love For You" is a shinning moment here for Whitney;just as produced as everything else here but she really catches fire here and so does the music. Jermaine Jackson's presense gives "Take Good Care Of My Heart" the needed kick that brings it to life as a strong midtempo groove. "Hold Me"....well on paper Whitney singing with Teddy Pendergrass seemed like a great idea but in his recovery from his accident his vocal prowess is a little downplayed so he's not operating on full thrusters exactly. I am not a snob or anything but to be honest this is the type of pop/R&B music that is best purely enjoyed. It's not full of a lot of genuine innovation or gutsiness by any means but it does hit you somewhere and even if the lyrical concepts and some of the production haven't aged well it was a good enough beginning for her. If only she could've moved up in the musical road from there she'd have seriously gone places."
ADRIENNE MILLER | TENNESSEE | 09/18/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Whitney Houston's debut album was great because of Whitney's killer chops but the songs on here are pretty average. Clive Davis thinks he is the best thing that ever existed but he likes to control his artists every move, from picking the songs and what their image should be. Whitney should've been given better material than these run-of-the-mill pop tunes. How Will I Know is still my favorite Whitney song but overall, Whitney was told what to do and that's never a good thing."