"Like I Never Left" (CD single)

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
"Like I Never Left" (CD single) Music Poster Image
Comeback single about a loving reunion shines.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

The song details a romantic reuniting ("We can pick up where we left off before the day that I told you it was over/packed my things and moved away"), but the lyrics can also apply to Houston's own past struggles and her latest attempt to revive her career.


Houston and Akon sing about loving and touching each other in very mild ways: "And I want you to love me like I never left/And I want you to hold me like I never left/And I want you to touch me baby, like I never left."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a subdued duet about a romantic reunion that never gets graphic -- despite Akon's involvement. The mature R&B sound might not instantly appeal to kids accustomed to singles loaded with musical fireworks, but it just might offer a good introduction for those who probably know Houston more from her off-stage exploits than her powerhouse voice.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byrosey54 February 16, 2010

perfect for aybody.

I love to hear her sing that song.
I heard her sing that song with a little girl;
by the name of connie talbot.
is there anyway i could hear that?
Parent of a 6-year-old Written byJulie P November 13, 2008

Poor Whitney

Not a great song---I miss the old whitney. It's all your fault BOB BEEEYY

Don't do crack---crack is whack!

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

What's the story?

Five years. That's how long it's been since Whitney Houston graced the radio waves with a new release. Although she's managed to remain in the public eye due to her erratic behavior and ill-fated marriage to Bobby Brown, Houston's vocal strengths, for the most part, have been MIA for close to a decade. But there are signs the old Whitney is back. She's reunited with her music mentor Clive Davis and is slated to debut her comeback album later this year. For this single, Houston teams up with Akon for a duet about redemption, forgiveness, and getting back to where you want to be -- all appropriate themes for Ms. Houston.

Is it any good?

Unlike many artists who have to rely on lots of musical bells and whistles, Whitney Houston at her peak was able to carry a song with her dynamic voice alone. On this newest single, there are glimpses of this vocal power; however, Houston also shows off her musical maturity with a mellow single of controlled vocals that soothe the listener, rather than overwhelm with killer high notes. It doesn't have the driving beats, suggestive lyrics, or overly-dramatic vocals common to many of today's R&B hits, but it's easy on the ears. And, the redemptive theme is perfectly suited to Houston -- without being entirely autobiographical. Welcome back, Whitney, it's good to hear you again.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this single can help to market Houston's comeback. Why do you think one of Houston's new singles is titled "Like I Never Left"? Do you think it's a good idea for Houston to directly address her absence and comeback in her music? Will she be able to regain the popularity she experienced two decades ago, or have musical tastes changed?

Music details

  • Artist: Whitney Houston
  • Release date: July 27, 2008
  • Label: Arista
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate