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Her name is NOT Susan - for heaven's sake, don't go and call her that,
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This review is from: I'm Your Baby Tonight (Audio CD)
First released in 1990, this album contains some memorable Whitney Houston works. This CD tells a story, no question. I'm not quite sure if it is supposed to, but it absolutely does. Or maybe I'm imagining things...
1. I'm Your Baby Tonight - The cassette tape I used to have of this album had a far superior version to this on it, in my humble opinion. It was much more dramatic. I think that must have been the European version, but whatever it was it certainly wasn't the very lightweight arrangement on this disc. Never mind though, the sentiments are still the same. She's hopelessly in love with someone and prepared to do anything they want. Is that love? There's a question.
2. My Name Is Not Susan - I happen to think that 'Susan' is rather a nice name actually but that is clearly a view that Whitney and I definitely do not share. It seems that her date for the evening has accidentally referred to her by that name. It was probably a compliment, as in he was so 'relaxed' in Ms Houston's company that he really wasn't thinking properly. Well, he'll certainly live to regret that. As will the listeners of this track, who are left in no doubt by the end of it that her name is most definitely NOT Susan. Oh, and she wants some respect. Which is fair enough, I suppose. I'm certainly not going to be the one to argue with her.
3. All The Man That I Need - With the opening track proving so hopelessly inadequate, it falls to this one to make this a CD well worth having in your collection. It is an utterly beautiful song, a perfect combination of music, lyrics and that fantastic voice. If only she could have found a man deserving of the words to this awesome number. Still, she obviously thought she had. Which makes it rather heartbreaking to listen to.
4. Lover For Life - This is the sort of song that ought to be playing in the background during important romantic moments. It always seemed to be the theme tune to 'EastEnders' in my case. And my ex-wife never missed any of the actual programme. God help me. This is a lovely, gentle little track though.
5. Anymore - The ultimate female break-up song. Again, Whitney goes down the road of sort of shouting at everyone, despite the fact the track is obviously aimed at one particularly disappointing relationship miscreant. Any ladies out there who feel they are stuck with a lazy / useless / hopeless member of the male species? Why not bung this on; It'll certainly frighten the living daylights out of him, one way or another.
6. Miracle - Well now, this is interesting. Having yelled at her man for calling her the wrong name and then dumping him purely for the hell of it, it appears that Whitney is having second thoughts about things. She's a walking contradiction. What am I saying, of course she is - she's a woman.
7. I Belong To You - Obviously the bloke she's been yelling at has listened to the words of Track 6 and gingerly come round to her place armed with a bunch of flowers and a pair of running shoes. All the same, there is something about hearing her sing the words 'All of my love is yours tonight, I live to make you happy', that is a little unsettling. That's a lot of responsibility to put on one man's shoulders. He's bound to let her down, and then it'll be Track 5 all over again. This one is pretty darn good though.
8. Who Do You Love - Blimey Charlie. She wants to know if this bloke loves her. She wants to hear it in words and she isn't going anywhere until she does. Oh, and she hasn't forgotten about Susan either.
9. We Didn't Know (Duet With Stevie Wonder) - Ah, things are becoming clearer. The answer to the rather spirited interrogation on Track 8 was obviously Susan 1 - Whitney 0. So, she has decided to go ahead and fall in love with a platonic friend of hers instead. Falling in love with your best friend... it's what we all want to do. Good luck to them I say. Let's hope he doesn't have a pet tarantula called Susan, otherwise there'll be hell to pay.
10. After We Make Love - It must be presumed that the Stevie Wonder character is engaged in some kind of bathroom activities by this time, for Whitney tells tales of afterglows and such like entirely on her own. There is something about 'just one kiss can take my breath away' in there, so I assume there is also some kind of simultaneous gargling with mouthwash going on.
11. I'm Knocking - Has he fallen asleep while in the middle of his ablutions? It certainly sounds like it. She's knocking and she wants him to open up the door. Presumably because she intends to be his Baby Tonight. And so it continues... .