Brevity is the order of the day for Whitney Houston. At 10 tracks, which collectively clock in at under 40 minutes, Just Whitney . . .

RELEASE DATE: Dec. 10

Brevity is the order of the day for Whitney Houston. At 10 tracks, which collectively clock in at under 40 minutes, Just Whitney . . . appears and sounds more like a work-in-progress than a finished disc. Working with several producers—including Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Babyface, and Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs—Houston (the voice, that is) all too often gets lost in the mix. For the most part, Just Whitney . . . showcases an artist simply going through the motions. What was once a powerful and glossy instrument (her voice, that is) now lacks emotion and verve. Witness lackluster lead single "Whatchulookinat?," the bland "My Love" (featuring her husband, Bobby Brown), and a tepid cover of Debbie Boone's "You Light Up My Life." That said, current single, the Isley Brothers-referencing "One of Those Days," and the lyrically deft "Unashamed" ably prove that Houston still has the soul to turn it out.—MP

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