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Whitney Houston
"I'm Your Baby Tonight"

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Year of Release: 1990

track listing
  • I'm Your Baby Tonight
  • My Name Is Not Susan
  • All The Man
    That I Need
  • Lover For Life
  • Anymore
  • Miracle
  • I Belong To You
  • Who Do You Love
  • We Didn't Know
  • After We Make Love
  • I'm Knockin'

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    "I'm Your Baby Tonight"

    1990 -- Whitney Houston was in her prime, it would even peak higher two years later when "I Will Always Love You" from the Bodyguard soundtrack would become her biggest hit of her career. I'm Your Baby Tonight would produce two #1 singles: The title track, and All The Man That I Need. Whitney had phenomenal producers helping her on tracks from this album: L.A. Reid & Babyface (4 songs), Narada Michael Walden (3 songs), Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Michael Masser, and one song co-produced by Whitney Houston and Rickey Minor. As her career continued to grow, previous albums featured a pop style, influenced for the younger crowd. Yet, by this release, Whitney Houston was getting older, and a more soul/funk sound was created, as in the later albums by such artists as Janet Jackson, and even her brother Michael. It also includes popular ballads, which she is most famous for.

    "My Name Is Not Susan" definitely has a Janet Jackson atmosphere, with its dance/funk style. "Lover For Life" has a pure soul approach, easily fitting the Adult Contemporary format, and even New Age Jazz. "Anymore" has the common dance club sound, and could easily compare to the later years of Michael Jackson.

    "Miracle" is a beautiful ballad, and the style of this song would be that of a "new star" in 1990, who would later become another diva superstar, Mariah Carey. Even "I Belong To You" could easily have been a hit for Carey on her earliest releases. The pop/dance style of Houston returns with "Who Do You Love," as it has a more grown-up approach, compared to her first two albums (Whitney Houston and Whitney).

    The duet with Stevie Wonder, "We Didn't Know" is a very soulful tune, as it shows Whitney all grown up, in a more adult R&B sound, and having Wonder's help as producer, this song is very well done. "After We Make Love" is another powerful ballad, as Whitney's ballads have always been popular, and admired most by fans. The album's closing tune is quite funky, "I'm Knockin'" has a more adult dance style for Whitney, yet this one is different for the common Whitney fan; there are far more better upbeat dance tunes than this one.

    I'm Your Baby Tonight was Whitney's 3rd album of her career, (and her debut on the WSVNRadio website). Her first two albums were highly acclaimed, yet I'm Your Baby Tonight has some great moments, it was an album where Whitney was growing up, and discovering a more adult sound. The ballads do stand out on this release, and the few upbeat numbers are just as good. Mariah Carey was an up-and-coming star in 1990, and some of the songs on this release could have easily been passed to Carey to record. Houston and Carey have been compared to each other (especially the early albums by Carey), as both of them are truly divas in their own right. As Houston was "growing up" with this album, her career would dominate greatly in 1992 with The Bodyguard soundtrack, yet after that, she would experience an addicting drug and alchol problem, as her future albums were not as exceptional as before. And, the music business would enhance more on hip-hop music then it ever did, as the hip-hop style was just beginning to surface in the late-'80s and '90s decade. As young stars begin their careers, they shape their music as they grow up, and Whitney does this on I'm Your Baby Tonight.

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