I get what you're saying. I think if you're talking about today's youth you're spot on. This cover wont get her any new fans and wont do anything for younger generation. But if you're talking about people who grew up with Whitney, or the mom's who shop at Walmart seeing this on the shelves, or the people turned off with today's overly sexed marketed singers, then I disagree- this is definitely the cover that speaks to them. Whitney used to be one of those rare artist that appealed to elementary school aged kids and grandmas alike. If she's looking to rekindle some magic from yesteryear then I think it's a clever cover.
Which is why I said "adult-contemporary." And those folks tend not to buy on cover alone. Young kids do. I think the pop music market is very
segmented nowadays. So I don't at all expect the cover to appeal to elementary school kids, high schoolers, young parents and
grandmothers. Those were Thriller-Whitney!-Faith-True Blue times, Sir Stefwhit. I remember them and sigh repeatedly. When the word "crossover" meant something.
I think the last time that really happened for an album (not single) was, ironically, The Bodyguard. Half the people who bought the album were trying to forget she kissed Kevin Costner...so you know the cover didn't help them.
But the woman came out and tore sh*t up with nothing but 3 singles and a dynamite Chaka cover. That's why toddlers and great-grandmothers alike were at the cashier register with her disc in hand. Folks were surprised to get home and hear Aaron Neville? and Curtis Stigers? during the second half of the album.
And, to the poster that said it wont sell because of the cover's mature feel, I also disagree. If this cover resembles the debut album and it sold millions, why wouldn't this one do the same? The debut sold to the younger generation at the time because it was about the voice and not the booty like Mariah.
This one should do the same. And futher more, Beyonce's last album was a straight on shot of her looking similar to this one of Whitney and that didn't keep her from selling millions.
Which is why I said the music better be good cause the cover won't sell the album. I never said the cover would prevent
the album from doing well. In fact, I was there for Whitney's debut and that cover didn't do anything for me or my peers. "How Will I Know" did. "All At Once" did. "You Gave Good Love" and "The Greatest Love of All" had us buying the LP and
I can remember only one of her covers actually selling
the album: that was the 2nd, Whitney! It said: "Here is a phenom. Are you going to come with now, or come when the tickets are sold out?"