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"Fine" is a song by American R&B singer Whitney Houston, and was the fourth single from her 2000 compilation album, Whitney: The Greatest Hits.

"Fine"
Whitney Houston - Fine.jpg
Single by Whitney Houston
from the album Whitney: The Greatest Hits
B-side"Love to Infinity Megamix"
ReleasedNovember 14, 2000 (2000-11-14)
Format
RecordedThe Record Plant
(Los Angeles, California)
GenreR&B
Length3:34
LabelArista
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Whitney Houston singles chronology
"Same Script, Different Cast"
(2000)
"Fine"
(2000)
"The Star Spangled Banner"
(2001)
Music video
"Fine" on YouTube

CompositionEdit

"Fine" is a mid-tempo R&B tune, written and produced by Raphael Saadiq and Kamaal Fareed. According to Billboard, it features "languid retro-funk guitars" and a "sneaky hook", brought to life by "richly layered harmonies".[1] It was described as having "a sleek lite-funk sound" by The Star-Ledger.[2]

Critical receptionEdit

Billboard wrote that "Fine" is "perhaps her most convincing crack at urbanized pop music to date. [Houston] seems to have eased into the chilled soul that propels a street-wise track. She wisely does not give into the temptation to belt and wail her way through the song [...]. Instead, Houston works the more sultry lower register of her voice, saving the big, beautiful notes as a dramatic accent toward the end of the cut".[1] LA Weekly in its review for Whitney: The Greatest Hits wrote that "Only on the stellar R&B track “Fine” does Whitney stand out. [...] “Fine” is soulful, funky and tight as hell. And the vocal performance ranks among Whitney’s best."[3] The Baltimore Sun wrote that "Of the new tracks [on Whitney: The Greatest Hits], only the sultry, soulful "Fine" manages to convey any of the strengths that made Houston a star." and "hearing [Houston] work the tune's insistent, retro-funk groove, there's no doubting that she still has what it takes to make hits".[4] CANOE reviewer Jane Stevenson felt that the song "falls flat".[5] The Star-Ledger wrote that the song "grows tiresomely repetitious".[2] According to New Nation the song takes Houston "to even greater heights, changing [her] vocals to a much lower tone, with an added hip-hop bassline".[6] The St. Louis Post-Dispatch called it "a wonderful composition".[7]

Chart performanceEdit

"Fine" appeared on the singles charts only in the United States and in Sweden.[8][9] The song peaked at number 51 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.[8] In Sweden, it debuted and peaked at number 50, but spent only one week on the chart.[9]

Music videoEdit

The music video features Houston at a rooftop cocktail party. In the US, a DVD single was released. It includes the videos for "Fine" and the Houston-George Michael duet "If I Told You That", plus behind-the-scenes footage from the "Fine" video shoot. Houston's then-husband Bobby Brown also appears in the video.

Track listings and formatsEdit

Maxi single[10]
No.TitleLength
1."Fine" (Album version)3:34
2."Love to Infinity Megamix" (Edit)5:17
3."Hearbreak Hotel" (R.I.P. Mix)3:40
4."Love to Infinity Megamix"9:22
CD single[11]
No.TitleLength
1."Fine"3:34
2."Same Script, Different Cast" (Jonathan Peters Radio Edit)4:20
3."Same Script, Different Cast" (Friburn & Urik Cover Your Ears Mix)10:49
4."Fine" (Instrumental)3:34
"Fine" / "If I Told You That" DVD single[12]
No.TitleLength
1."Fine" (Music video)3:35
2."If I Told You That" (Music video)4:12
3."Behind-the-scenes footage of the "Fine" video shoot" 

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 50
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[8] 51

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Billboard magazine – Reviews & Previews – p.24". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. September 2, 2000. Retrieved August 13, 2012. (Transcription of original at Classic-Whitney.com)
  2. ^ a b Lustig, Jay (May 16, 2000). "The greatest hits of all, but the remix is just so-so". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 18 April 2014. (Full review available at Classic-Whitney.com)
  3. ^ Hardy, Ernest (Jun 28, 2000). "Saving It". LA Weekly. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  4. ^ J. D. Considine (May 25, 2000). "Whitney Houston The Greatest Hits". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  5. ^ Stevenson, Jane. "Album Review: Whitney's greatest hits and misses". CANOE - JAM!. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
  6. ^ http://whfan.free.fr/rv00cd.htm
  7. ^ Johnson, Kevin C. (June 25, 2000). "Whitney Houston "The Greatest Hits," Arista Records". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 19 April 2014. (Full review available at Classic-Whitney.com)
  8. ^ a b c "Whitney Houston Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 24, 2012.
  9. ^ a b c "Swedishcharts.com – Whitney Houston – Fine". Singles Top 100. Retrieved October 24, 2012.
  10. ^ Fine (Maxi-Single). Whitney Houston. EU: Arista. 2000. 74321 82188 2.CS1 maint: others (link)
  11. ^ Fine (CD-Single). Whitney Houston. EU: Arista. 2001. 74321-84665-2.CS1 maint: others (link)
  12. ^ Fine (DVD). Whitney Houston. US: Arista. 2000. 13920-9.CS1 maint: others (link)
  13. ^ a b Whitney: The Greatest Hits (Album). Whitney Houston. Europe: Arista, BMG. 2000. 74321 75895 2.CS1 maint: others (link)

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