I Look To You - Whitney Houston
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. The set is a nice welcome back and a new beginning for the singer.
  2. If you let go of your preconceptions, what you’ll hear is a strong soul album by a mature singer who’s successfully channelling a lot of real pain in her music.
  3. Though I Look to You doesn't soar like the old days, it's fine to hear Houston working on her own recovery plan.
  4. I Look to You spends little time looking back. It is a modern soul record, a collection of sleek, often spunky love songs that aim at something more immediate and tangible than nostalgia or catharsis: Houston wants back in the diva stakes.
  5. She’s tentatively climbing back into the pop machinery, no longer invincible but showing a diva’s determination.
  6. Whitney Houston's first album in seven years, doesn't pretend to offer the unblemished 21-year-old we met on her smash 1985 debut, but it never?truly lets listeners inside the heart and head of the woman she is today.
  7. Houston's version of Leon Russell's American Idol staple "A Song for You" works up to a deliciously cheesy club-pop climax. Still, with a pair of "I Believe I Can Fly"–style contributions from R. Kelly and a blustery Diane Warren ballad called "I Didn't Know My Own Strength," there's no denying the message that I Look to You was designed to hammer home. Expect fresh drama soon.
  8. For all that she's miraculously clawed back here, the one thing that eludes her is the one thing that made her exceptional: her voice. Without it she's just another R&B singer, and, good as it is in places, I Look To You is just another R&B album.
  9. 60
    Houston has delivered an album that, despite a few middling tracks, is genuinely moving. [Nov 2009, p.95]
  10. What she undoubtedly is, is a pro--she sells these subdued glitzy productions, she makes boring songs interesting, she remains a forceful, tangible presence.
  11. You can hear where the money went, even if her voice is far from the soaring force of yore. [Nov 2009, p.114]
  12. The album concentrates on reinstalling Houston, never resident at R&B's cutting edge, as an unchallenging pop-soul diva. This it does with style, weaving flashes of eurodisco thump around hooky melodies.
  13. The only evidence we have is a middling album marking a new chapter in a diva's life that doesn't sound any cheerier than the chapters that went before.
  14. For the most part, I Look to You manages to sound completely contemporary without the use of guest rappers, dumbed-down lyrics, or slang.
  15. Houston, We’ve got problems
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 64 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Oct 29, 2012
    10
    the album one of the best of his career but with a grave lack of producers for the album that had a global boom had released more singles because there are many great songs. Whitney's voice is magical and captivates you one of the best albums of the 2000s. Full Review »