The Bottom Line
It is pleasing that the final song recorded by Whitney Houston is as upbeat as "Celebrate" from the soundtrack to the upcoming movie Sparkle. The husky voice here hints at the sounds we might have heard from the star as she aged. Jordin Sparks is a solid duet partner, and the overall recording will likely please fans of both singers. "Celebrate" is a solid postscript to the career of one of the most talented singers of all time.
- Appealing husky tones in Whitney's voice
- Upbeat mood of the song
- Jordin Sparks' solid performance
- Extremely simplistic song
- Produced by R. Kelly
- Included on the soundtrack for the movie 'Sparkle'
- Released June 2012
Guide Review - Whitney Houston featuring Jordin Sparks - "Celebrate"
"Everybody's been so uptight, and forgettin' to live their life..." That's how Whitney Houston begins her reminder to us all to celebrate our loved ones and life in general. She sings it with a deeper, slightly world weary voice that hints at the twists and turns in her own personal life. Jordin Sparks joins with a glowing, youthful voice that will put a smile on any listener's face. The song will be included on the soundtrack to the movie Sparkle, due in August, which stars Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks playing mother and daughter.
As produced by R. Kelly, "Celebrate" has a retro, disco-edged feel that will fit well with the Supremes inspired subject matter of the film. Rich use of horns in the arrangement also echoes Motown hits of the 1960s. Unfortunately, the song itself is somewhat simplistic and begins to feel very repetitive after awhile. An extra verse would have strengthened the song, but it is likely the recording sessions with Whitney Houston were not as extensive as would have been preferred for a finished product.
"Celebrate" will please fans of both Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks. Their voices blend well, and they do convey a strongly celebratory mood. It is unclear whether the song will be appealing to mainstream pop radio or contemporary R&B. However, older adult fans of both genres will be happy to hear the song. "Celebrate" will be available for purchase June 5, 2012 and should generate strong interest in its initial week of release.