First Impressions: Whitney Has The 'Strength' For A Solid Comeback

Thursday, July 2, 2009

And she's safe...Whitney Houston slides to the home plate with her new single, "I Didn't Know My Own Strength", and the comeback to the music world has commenced. The track, which is penned by the schmaltz brigade of David Foster and Diane Warren, is pretty much the ballad we've all been kind of hoping Whitney would drape her mezzo-soprano vocal chops on. In fact, its a ballad that we've been salivating to hear from just about anyone with a massive vocal range, especially in this day in age of the extinction of power ballads. The track in itself is good, but don't expect "I Will Always Love You" ideals, as this is tame. The lush ballad doesn't have much of a vocal build and possesses a very vanilla arrangement but this song is the perfect set-up for Whitney to make a proper return. As tame as it is, the song is quite lovely and touching, considering the theme and what we've been knowing about Whitney for the past couple of years. This is her rising from the ashes like a phoenix, so we should at least give her that chance to lay it all out, as she does here so wonderfully. It truly feels like she never left us. I Look To You, the highly-anticipated album, will be dropping at a store near you on August 18th.

I Didn't Know My Own Strength

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