USA TODAY:Whitney讓我高潮了!(已補上中譯)

當然號稱美國第一大報的USA TODAY,不會下這種標題,但相去不遠。為了這篇報導,我還做了一張新桌布耶!



Whitney Houston's voice, emotion lift new 'I Look to You'

By Steve Jones, USA TODAY

Near the end of her new album, I Look to You (* * * ½ out of four), Whitney Houston declares, "Don't call it a comeback/I've been here for years." She certainly sounds strong, confident and ready for the well-orchestrated return that has been building for months — and fully equipped to dispel lingering concerns that she no longer has the pipes.

The singer's sixth studio album — out Monday but streaming now on her website — is her first since 2002's Just Whitney and best since 1998's My Love Is Your Love. It's loaded with tunes that are perfect for recapturing the magic that once made her a transcendent star. Executive producer Clive Davis helped stack the deck in her favor with a raft of A-list songwriters and producers, including Alicia Keys, Johntà Austin, Diane Warren, R. Kelly, Nate "Danja" Hills, Akon, Harvey Mason Jr., Swizz Beatz and David Foster.

They provide her with beats and lyrics befitting someone making a fresh start, and Houston, 46, makes the most of it. She clearly hasn't forgotten how to sing, imbuing the material with emotional power without a lot of overly dramatic vocal runs.

To her credit, Houston doesn't apologize or wallow in pity for the tabloid-chronicled personal problems that derailed her career, but instead strives to shake off and rise above the muck. On several occasions, she addresses her troubles but finds the inner resolve to overcome them.

"I could hold onto the pain, but that ain't what my life's about," she sings on Nothin' But Love. On I Didn't Know My Own Strength, she declares, "I wasn't built to break."

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This is not a woman crying about her bad luck but one who fell hard, pulled herself up and discovered she wasn't as fragile as she may have thought. And though she never mentions ex-husband Bobby Brown by name, the Kelly-written closing kiss-off Salute surely could be aimed in his direction.

Returning to her classic sound, Houston should have no trouble reconnecting with those longtime fans who will always love her. Whether her more contemporary collaborators can help her engage a new generation of fans and radio programmers remains to be seen. But she can hope, at least, that fans will feel as she does on her duet with Akon and react Like I Never Left.

Source:USA TODAY

整篇大好評,但老人我現在沒時間翻譯,要先出門去賺錢,才能買惠妮專輯。晚點回家在補上翻譯囉!


2009/08/31 Update:
懶惰的老人我,翻譯好囉....


惠妮休士頓《我期待》專輯,蘊含豐沛情感的專輯

《我期待》專輯即將要發行(3.5顆星的評價接近4顆星),惠妮宣告著”不要說什麼復不復出的問題/多年來我未曾離開過。”惠妮的聲音聽起來是強而有力且充滿自信的。惠妮的回歸,經過精心的籌備及強力的宣傳造勢,事實證明她消除了外界的疑慮。不久的將來,她將再度站上另一個顛峰。

這個歌手的第六張錄音室作品,即將在下個星期一(8/31)推出,整張專輯目前已經在她的個人官網上完整曝光。這張專輯也是她自2002年"Just Whitney/就是惠妮"及1998年"My Love Is Your Love/摯愛"後,全新的作品。新專輯注入了許多完美及充滿魔力的新音樂元素,讓她再現巨星光采。新專輯監製克萊夫戴維斯網羅了一票A級創作人,為她編寫新曲及製作,這當中包括艾莉西亞凱斯,Johntà Austin,黛安華倫、勞.凱利,Nate "Danja" Hills,阿肯,Harvey Mason Jr.,Swizz Beatz,大衛佛斯特。.

46歲的惠妮休士頓,顯然沒忘記如何唱歌,在這群製作人為她量身打造的歌曲中,表現依然遊刃有餘,輕鬆且有自信的駕馭每一個音符。

為了建立新的聲譽,惠妮休士頓將不會理會小報的負面報導及回應過去的種種是非。曾幾何時,她的事業自高峰跌落,負面新聞不斷,但她走過了這一切,克服了這些所謂的麻煩。

在新曲"Nothin' But Love/唯有愛"中,她唱道:我可以忍受痛苦的折磨,但這不是我生活哲學。在"I Didn't Know My Own Strength/心的力量"一曲中,她則告訴世人:我從來沒被擊倒過。

這張專輯的主題並不是一個女人在哭訴自己的遭遇如何坎坷,而是在告訴大家,她是如何振作起來去經歷這一切。即便她從未去提及前夫巴比布朗的名字,然而在專輯中的最後一首由勞.凱利所編寫的單曲" Salute/致敬",則依稀能夠看到惠妮與巴比的故事。

重新回到她所拿手的音樂工作,惠妮可以做到,並且能重新得到長期支持與愛護她的歌迷喜愛。與新的音樂人合作,則將有助於新世代的歌迷認識她,但電台的點播率則需要觀察。但她可以期待,她的歌迷會像她與阿肯合唱的單曲一樣,覺得"Like I Never Left/自己從未離開過"。

中文編譯:Davin


雖然翻的不是很完美,但轉PO請註明出處/作者,謝謝!

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