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Whitney's Part Is Stunning, The Rest is Not
on December 2, 2007
The film Bodyguard blew all expectations when it was released in 1992 and became the 7th top grossing film of that year. Whitney Houston played a pop singer, not too diffrent from herself that was thretened and needed protection from a bodyguard (Kevin Costner) who was at the peak of his career at the time. And one thing lead to another in typical hollywood manner. But what was even more interesting was that Whitney Houston also made a few songs for the sountrack that triggered more interest for the film itself. Soundtrack to blockbuster films is fairly common but for Whitney to both star in the film and make the soundtrack was not and it couldn't have been better suited. Whitney's took Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" to new heights when she made it a soul ballad and showing the best of her voice. She scored one of the biggest hits of all time when it sold 10 million copies and peaking at #1 on the billboard charts for 14 weeks. It would later become her signature song and the best selling single ever by a female artist. And the Bodyguard album won an grammy for best album of the year after spending 20 weeks at #1 and selling 15 million copies. Absolutely amazing. But that wasn't all, another powerballad "I Have Nothing" reached #4, a remake of Chaka Khan's "I'm Every Woman" aswell. Two other singles were released with minor success, ballad "Run To You" and "Queen of the Night" that sounds like a remake of En Vogue's "Free Your Mind". Whitney closed it with a non-single, ballad "Jesus Loves Me". After 5 singles released from the soundtrack you could think this was an official Whitney album, but it isn't. Infact, she only make up about half of the songs. The rest are the typical soundtrack songs like a dull Kenny G/Aaron Neville number, an orchestral theme song from Alan Silvestri and plenty of dated pop & dance from Lisa Stansfield, Curtis Stigers and Joe Cocker and a useless dance cover of Bill Wither's "Lovely Day". As good as Whiteny Hoston's part was the album loses focus at the second part and end up being more like the typical soundtrack album then a Whitney Houston album. This is a shame, cause if the record company had decided to let Whitney record all of the songs It would have been a classic by now. Instead it's more memorable for certain songs then as a whole and as good as it sold it proved that good sountrack will not only increase the interest for a film but also for the soundtrack. Purchase this album, if you love Whitney or the film but otherwise the soundtrack isn't as good (as a whole) as the number of copies it sold.