Whitney Houston is a phenomenal singer, and nothing hammers that fact home in grander style than this unconventional greatest-hits package, which splits the songbird's awe-inspiring work into two discs: "Throw Down" and "Cool Down." Stuffed with Whitney's gorgeous ballads, the "Cool Down" platter features the precious "Saving All My Love for You"
from her self-titled 1985 debut and the BODYGUARD
soundtrack's ever-chilling ballad "I Will Always Love You." It also delivers several brand-new songs, including a steamy duet with Latin hearthrob Enrique Iglesias
("Could I Have This Kiss Forever") and a "my man done me wrong" pairing with Deborah Cox
("Same Script, Different Cast"). Although her vocal prowess is unbeatable, the quirky Houston has always taken a backseat, personality-wise, to dance-floor-driven divas such as Janet Jackson
and Mariah Carey
. But Houston proves she knows how to get her party on with the "Throw Down" disc's club-ready remixes of "The Greatest Love of All" and "I Learned from the Best." Another surprise treat is a revamped version of the sassy, up-tempo "If I Told You That" from 1998's multi-platinum MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE
, featuring George Michael
-- a diva in his own right. Released at a time when Houston is plagued with rumors about her personal life, this double CD turns a remarkable trick. Astutely comprised of new tracks, revitalized old ones, and ageless classics, it's the most dynamic greatest-hits collection of all.