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The Voice of an Era and Her Greatest Hits
on 22 January 2005
Generally speaking, these sort of compilations are a pretty bland and boring affair. Throwing together some hit singles and putting them out for Christmas is hardly a taxing or difficult task for either record label or artist. Luckily, this collection has at least had some thought put it into it and is a very enjoyable journey through the finest moments of an iconic vocalists career. As you'd expect, there's a whole host of pop ballads here - there what first brought Whitney to the attention of the world. There's a whole disc of them in fact. In truth, many of these worldwide smash hits sound dated by now. But, some don't and have stood the test of time very well. "Saving All My Love For You" is one of the best here, along with "Didn't We Almost Have It All" and "All The Man That I Need".
On the flipside on Disc 2, the album steps up a notch with some of the up-tempo and urban flavoured singles that were also big for Houston. The 80's-Tastic "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" and "So Emotional" have, suprisingly, managed to maintain some of thier charm and are still excellent pop records. In fact, they sound better than the slightly messy George Michael duet "If I Told You That". Another nice aspect of this Greatest Hits collection is the inclusion of some remixes. "Queen of the Night", "It's Not Right But It's Okay" and "I'm Your Baby Tonight" have all been brilliantly transformed here and they are very worthy additions to the album. Overall, this is one of the best Greatest Hits album realeased in a while. It's got everything going for it, and with it being such good value now it would be a shame for anyone who's enjoyed Houston's music over the years to pass up the oppurtunity to own her best.