Album Review • Is it safe to say that the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack is Babyface’s best work to date? Although Forest Whitaker originally wanted Quincy Jones for the soundtrack, I don’t think Quincy would have been able to dig into the female perspective as Babyface did. Babyface told us the story of each character with each song he wrote.
The soundtrack was originally written for Whitney but was changed to an all female soundtrack. Although she didn’t sing the entire soundtrack, Whitney had a huge part in choosing the artist that would be on the album. From Toni Braxton, Brandy, Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle to Chaka Khan and SWV, this was an all-star album of female artist. This soundtrack gave Mary J. Blige her first #1 hit with “Not Gone Cry” and Whitney’s last #1 hit with “Exhale (Shoop Shoop).”
Babyface gave us one of the greatest soundtracks of all time. I believe this album is what gave Babyface the legendary stamp of approval. He brought the characters that we know as Savannah, Bernadine, Gloria and Robin to life in musical form.