The double-disc 2011 U.K. collection The Essential Whitney Houston bears some strong similarities to the 2000 U.S. set The Greatest Hits, sharing 22 of its 35 songs. And it’s not just the big hits that overlap: there are a clutch of remixes that carry over, all bunched together on the second disc just like they are on The Greatest Hits. Consequently, The Essential Whitney Houston plays much like The Greatest Hits; even if it has a handful of songs not on the 2000 collection, it covers the same territory equally well and equally entertainingly.
It's only been seven years between Just Whitney and 2009's I Look to You, not even Houston's longest time between albums, but it feels much, much longer, her glory days obscured in hazy memories of lost luster chiefly deriving from a bad marriage with Bobby Brown, chronicled in an embarrassing reality show for Bravo in 2004. I Look to You attempts to wash this all away with something of a return to roots – a celebration of Houston's deep disco beginnings, tempered with a few skyscraping ballads designed to showcase her soaring voice…
Whitney Elizabeth Houston, known as The Voice is one of the most successful pop stars of all time with over 170 million records sold world wide. Signed by the legendary Clive Davis she scroched the charts with such hits as You Give Good Love, I wanna Dance With Somebody, Greatest Love of All and I Will Always love You from the hit 1992 movie The Bodyguard.
As big a hit as it was – and it was a multi-platinum blockbuster, spinning off several chart-toppers – it’s not easy to think of Whitney Houston’s 1985 debut as the dawning of a new era, but it was.( Stephen Thomas Erlewine - AllMusic Guide )