After complaints from her black fans that Whitney sounded too “white”, too pop, too watered-down, Whitney turned to Babyface, LA Reid and a host of other R&B/New Jack Swing producers of the late 80s and early 90s to give her a more urban sound. The resulting album, I’m Your Baby Tonight, turned out to be her most consistent album yet and the lead single became her 8th Number 1 on the Hot 100.
For me personally, this song was the first one I learned how to play on piano and sing at the same time and I eventually used it for my piano placement test when I went off to boarding school. There’s just so much going on, so many great chords, lots of syncopation, and wonderful ad-libs. Whitney is so known for her ballads, songs like this slip through the cracks.
This is my last Whitney post after a week of dealing with the loss. I wanted to end on a positive note and this is my personal favorite Whitney Houston song.
This was, hands down, my favorite R&B song of the past year. I’m so glad she released it as a single. I sorta wish the video was sexier because the music definitely is. But. At least she got off that sound stage where she shot her other 3 videos and actually went somewhere.
It’s not sociopolitical or even all that important, but it’s just for fun. I was listening to Amy Winehouse today remembering how my mom & dad thought she was some 60’s black girl group they didn’t know about. It made me think of other white people who were perceived as black artists initially either by accident or through marketing from their record label. Some of these musicians are old enough that I always knew they were white, but not everybody did when they first arrived on the scene.
It’s here. Fourteen years after “The Boys Is Mine”, that track I told you about last month leaked onto the radio a couple of hours ago. Brandy has grown so much, vocallyl, since the mid-90s. Monica basically ran that track back then, but these women are on equal footing this time around, kicking some no-good man to the curb…but letting him know all his stuff stays right here. It might not burn up the charts like their first collaboration, but I’m not mad at this at all. Nice job, ladies.