Whitney - Unforgettable voice, Forgettable music (mostly)

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Feb 17 2012, 1:18

Whitney Houston was my favorite singer when I was a kid. Her voice at its peak was this untouchable, pure thing of beauty. It soared to heights that will probably never be duplicated, and yet as I sit here thinking about her musical contributions one thing stands out to me: her songs weren't really that good. I mean, sure if "How Will I Know"or "So Emotional" pop up when I have my music on shuffle, I won't skip them, and I will most definitely sing along, but in the overall grand scheme of things, Whitney never had great, classic kind of songs. They were mostly disposable pop-quasi soul songs that were really elevated by her instrument. It makes me kind of sad to think of what could have been if her material had ever really matched her talent.

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  • CmonCollapse

    Exactly my thoughts. She had a BEAUTIFUL voice in her prime, but I can only name or hum maybe 5 songs off hand. I grew up in a musical household. My mother would buy new music (tapes) every friday like clock work and we would all bug out in the living room all night. Whitney was always a maxi-single singer, never a full length LP in our household.

    Feb 17 2012, 6:21
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