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What did Whitney Houston's voice have that others don't? watch

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    Right, I've started a kinda similar thread today about voices, so I'd like this question to again be answered/approached/discussed on a technical basis. (I'd also like to preface this with asking others to discuss Houston's voice up to the end of the Bodyguard era, so up to around June 1995).

    I'm aware that her appellation of "The Voice" is as much a marketing device as it is an indicator of the presence of a more-powerful-than-most, once-in-a-lifetime human instrument. But what did her voice have that, say, Jennifer Hudson or Mariah Carey doesn't? Is it range? Depth? Vibrato? Timbre? Power (or the equivalent musical term)? Superior belting technique? Something else?

    In other words, from a technical standpoint, why are we not likely to have another Whitney Houston voice? Leave aside that there's only one Houston and no singing voice will match hers by definition. On analysis, what specifically did her voice possess that made critics call it "powerful" and a "tour de force"? Maybe it's just a voice like anyone else's, and everyone got it wrong?

    Her voice definitely had the most beautiful Timbre. Her range was amazing, I don't think many people could hit the notes she hit without shouting or not sounding melodic! You could just close your eye's and hear the passion with just vocals. For many singers its there acting skills that make you connect, the fact that you believe what they were singing about. With Whitney her voice did it all! no need to see her, just listen! and you emotionally connect. Her voice had this a really nice vibrato too! Timeless voice!

    I think all the cocaine she snorted gave it a real nice smoothness.
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