Throwback: Exhale (Shoop Shoop)

A throwback song that is so worthy of all the acclaim.

This Whitney ballad was one of the many songs recorded for the acclaimed Waiting to Exhale soundtrack. I mean what other soundtrack had contributions from some of the biggest R&B acts of all time? An album produced by Babyface?! An album of the YEAR nomination?

Three of the songs on the album earned Best Female R&B Vocal Performance nominations, and Exhale (Shoop Shoop) took home the trophy for Best R&B Song in 1997.

There is something so angelic about this song. Vocal juggernaut Whitney Houston keeps the song in common time, and her soothing voice repeats the “shoop shoop”.

The bridge takes me out every time. Because Whitney doesn’t do too much in terms of the gymnastics we are used to throughout the song, then bam, she crescendos as she breaks into the songs last quarter.

The simplicity of the lyrics is what make it so good.

Hearts are often broken
When there are words unspoken
In your soul there’s
Answers to your prayers

Shoops in the chorus aren’t the only reptitions in the song. Houston starts each verse with a circumstance, and that eventually you’ll let go, you’ll exhale.

Sometimes you’ll laugh
Sometimes you’ll cry
Life never tells us
The when’s or why’s
When you’ve got friends to wish you well
You’ll find a point when
You wille exhale (yeah, yeah, say)

Unlike the other song on the soundtrack, exhale is super understated. An amazing theme for a movie that is about women finding salvation after life hands them some of the toughest cards.

 

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