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Formulaic, but Vocally Strong
on 25 October 2013
I bought this album when it came out and time has not changed my mind. I should have guessed really what to expect with a second eponymously titled album out of two, and so it proved. So what do you get, well for me Whitney's singing is fine and it's a bit more raunchy than the first album. Having said that there is a lot of 'formula' here and Narada Michael Waldon's production is so over the top and verges on crass. Waldon got it right with other material around this time (George Benson, Jermaine Stewart), but here the vocals and the accompaniment don't seem to complement, with the latter distracting or simply obscuring the former.
I Wanna Dance with Somebody. Great singing but the production acts like a bulldozer in the chorus and is getting dated even by 1987. Just the Lonely Talking Again. Cannot fault the vocals but what is that trippy meandering synth at the start? Uggh. The ballads are largely reruns from the first album, and how little do they seem to understand the Lloyd Webber/Rice ending song.
Perhaps Whitney's rebellion against her squeaky clean image and lifestyle is in hindsight no surprising given what is on offer here. But 7 million plus sales can't be wrong can they?