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Whitney Houston: Whitney

Lloyd Bradley, Q, July 1987

WHITNEY HOUSTON had a lot to live up to from the moment 'Saving All My Love For You' and its shiny video went public. Its unabashed upward mobility and soft soul beat cast her as a woman who understood the hard-nosed but still sensitive go-getter of the time. The album that followed was a different matter entirely. The strength of purpose of the single was lost as a quartet of unsympathetic producers shoved her in as many unsuitable directions, and, for the most part, by ignoring 'Saving's careful construction her voice was left sounding little more than average.

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