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by dvx (dvx.clt t gmail dotcom) on Sun Feb 12th, 2012 at 12:42:46 PM EST
Whitney Houston: squandered talent of a record-breaking singer who had it all | Music | The Guardian

At the outset of her record-breaking career, Whitney Houston did not seem like the kind of artist whose life would end prematurely in a hotel room after years of drink and drug abuse. If she had any problem at all, it was that she was too squeaky clean.

No one ever doubted her talent: descended from a line of great singers, she was blessed with a voice that everyone from Smokey Robinson to Simon Cowell agreed was one of the best in the world. But her critics claimed the records she made with it erred on the safe side, tending towards pop rather than soul, the middle of the road rather than the cutting edge.

But her talent became eclipsed by a troubled personal life: Houston turned out to be far more unpredictable than initial appearances as a consummate professional suggested.

The reactions to Houston's death from her peers and fellow musicians were varied. Some expressed shock at her demise, aged 48. Others spoke of their sadness but seemed less surprised. "We all knew she had issues," said Cowell, referring to a well-publicised struggle with drink and drugs.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt t gmail dotcom) on Sun Feb 12th, 2012 at 01:04:34 PM EST
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Spitze, dvx. Good one.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anas Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sun Feb 12th, 2012 at 04:44:15 PM EST
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:-))

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt t gmail dotcom) on Mon Feb 13th, 2012 at 05:30:23 AM EST
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Whitney Houston: squandered talent of a record-breaking singer who had it all | Music | The Guardian
Her voice was clean and cool, full of melismatic embellishments. It spoke of dazzling virtuosity rather than raw power or emotions dredged from the depths of a troubled soul. Even when her public image spiralled out of control, her music didn't follow suit.

she didn't take risks with her emotions while singing, though the pyrotechnics were a reasonable facsimile.

larger-than-life voice, a wonder of nature (and the creme de la creme musical nurture).

while it seems you never found what you were looking for, RIP, whitney, you sure touched many people with your gifts and range, epic in your one-off way.

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Feb 13th, 2012 at 07:49:50 AM EST
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