Whitney Houston – Exhale (Shoop Shoop)

First Hit #1: November 25, 1995

There’s something relaxed about Exhale. Whitney Houston usually goes for very big performances, but this is subtler, smaller than she usually gives us. It also sounds a bit more contented, as though she’s kind of enjoying the idea of just kind of keeping it a bit low key instead of going all out, Houston vocal explosion style. It’s also got that oddly calming chorus, with the shoop sounds substituted for any expected lyrics. It’s just a relaxing sound, maybe reminiscent of the sea. It’s comforting in a way, it’s a sound that exists for atmosphere. The song overall is kind of a cool down lap, which is good when you’re listening to it so soon after something high energy like Fantasy.

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One Response to Whitney Houston – Exhale (Shoop Shoop)

  1. RBerman says:

    It’s atypically mellow for her, but the final minute still showcases the impressive vocal that made her a star. A 3:23 hit song is also something of an anomaly in the CD era; I wish shorter songs were more common. Also, I continued to be surprised how often #1 songs were in fact still from movies.

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