First Hit #1: February 23, 1991
As is usual for Whitney Houston, she provides everything good about this song. Her vocal performance, as expected, is great, and she gives the chorus the right amount of passion and a bit of a hook to make it worth singing along in the car, where nobody can judge you. She sells it, but then again, she usually does, she could sing the phone book.
So it’s a shame that the arrangement is some soft rock weirdness, gilding the lily with saxophone and a bit of flamenco guitar that seems to have gotten lost on the way to another recording session. It’s cheesy, or it would be with any other artist. Houston controls the message, and overwhelms whatever instruments they might toss her way, so even if it’s easy to recognize the arrangement is, at least, kind of dated, it doesn’t really hurt as much as it could. Still, it’s a shame that producers had a great voice to work with, but all the bad habits of the era which usually merely distracted from that voice.