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Retro Rewind: Whitney Houston – ‘Try It On My Own’

Published: Monday 27th Feb 2012 by TGJ

The untimely passing of Whitney Houston has seen much of the singer’s hits rocket into to the upper echelon of the charts.

However, for as much as we love Houston’s classic cuts, we’re also keen ardent appreciators of her latter material. Case, point, 2003’s ‘Try It On My Own’.

Lifted from the late star’s 5th studio album ‘Just Whitney’, the song and its accompanying were initially hailed upon release – with  ample reason too. Vocally, the track would become one of the last recorded showcases of ‘The Voice’ (see: potent, textured, and effortless); while the visual underlined the track’s compelling lyrics. Lyrics which relayed a narrative of going it alone after years of corporate scaffolding.

All rather fascinating stuff given that the song’s housing album was the first and only to not feature creative input from Houston’s  long-time mentor Clive Davis. Indeed, it was then-head of Arista LA Reid who took creative helm of the project.

And yet it was this juxtaposition of Whitney being in control versus a reality which saw her life spinning out of it which sunk the song and the album moreover. The media (and the masses they influence) were simply not entertaining any such “in-control” notion. Indeed, it seemed the more Whitney proclaimed it, the less people believed.

As such, ‘Try’ peaked at #84 on the Billboard Hot 100, while ‘Just Whitney’ peaked at #9 on the US album tally.

Still, neither can take away from the “stellar” that was the Babyface produced song and the ‘Just Whitney’ album moreover. Both earn a well-deserved spot next to the legend’s best material. Commercially successful or not.

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  1. BEEyonced February 27, 2012
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    Fav Song! Life-Theme!!!! T Y Whitney

  2. WhitneyFan09 February 28, 2012
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    This makes me miss her even more…. i STILL cannot believe shes gone ….. I wish she could have recovered quicker, and maintained that amazing voice ….. in saying that i still loved ILY :S

    #RIPTheVoice

  3. Matthew Charlery-Smith April 5, 2012
    +0

    I have to agree. I LOVE this album. Every song on there is such a testament to her knowledge of not only vocal arrangements but good music. I wasn’t a fan so much of “My Love is Your Love” album but her voice seemed to be on a return to form with this project. “You Light Up My Life” was probably the best vocal performance on the album next to “Unashamed” and “Tell Me No”. Babyface is amazing. I think this album in regards to the credibilty factor is up there with “Bodyguard” and “I’m Your Baby Tonight” solid, urban efforts. Not just great vocal performances with gimmicky songs thrown in like “Love is a Contact Sport” and “Where You Are” and “It’s Not Right But It’s Ok”, “Get It Back” and “All in My Business”

  4. Lavontaybradley May 17, 2012
    +0

    i love this woman even tho bobby brown had her doing crack but she was beautiful this is my girl that was saded how she died my sister playes her song all the time

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