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"I'm Your Baby Tonight"
© Arista Records
Year of Release: 1990
I'm Your Baby Tonight
My Name Is Not Susan
All The Man
That I Need
Lover For Life
I Belong To You
Who Do You Love
We Didn't Know
After We Make Love
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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
"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
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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