Whitney Houston – I’m Your Baby Tonight

First Hit #1: December 1, 1990

Mariah Carey, however, is not the only big voiced diva out there, and Whitney Houston is still a popular artist in 1990. Unfortunately, Houston is still hardly adept at picking producers, resulting in some famous names producing a beat best described as cheap and tinny. But this is a longstanding problem with Houston, and she has often overcome poor choices with pure power. This time we’ve got layers of Houston, as she backs up her own vocal and goes on a tear through the latter half of the song. It almost feels like a response to a certain other lady with a big voice, and Houston makes a big show of dominance over the track. She owns it, the beat might be kind of bad but that’s hardly relevant. This, like all Houston songs, is about the voice, and she’s determined to show that she’s still got it.

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One Response to Whitney Houston – I’m Your Baby Tonight

  1. RBerman says:

    Also, look at how much bigger her mouth is than Mariah Carey’s. Whitney is built for projection. We also get some New Jack Swing triplets leading into a nice piano solo at the end. The video is better than the song, despite a distracting attempt at dancing during the second chorus. The Supremes homage at the pool party is amusing, followed by a bit of Audrey Hepburn “Funny Face” at the end! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JGCktc_FXU)

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