Various Artists — Soundtrack: Waiting to Exhale (1995)

waiting to exhaleBy Scott Goldfine

In one of the most remarkable soundtrack events ever, producer Babyface has recruited nearly every important female R&B singer of the past 30 years to accompany the film “Waiting to Exhale.” The roll call includes Whitney Houston (who also stars in the movie), Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Mary J. Blige and TLC.

Amazingly, most of the 16 tracks are radio-friendly and sound like hits.

GRADE: B+

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