Veteran (Marques Houston album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 19, 2007
  • Marques Houston (exec.)
  • Ketrina Askew (exec.)
  • Henley Regisford (exec.)
  • Sylvia Rhone (exec.)
  • Chris Stokes (exec.)
  • Tone (exec.)
Marques Houston chronology
Mr. Houston

Veteran is the third studio album by American R&B recording artist Marques Houston. It was released by The Ultimate Group and Universal Motown Records on March 20, 2007 in the United States, following the merger of Universal Records in 2005. The album features a wide of range of collaborators, including Bryan-Michael Cox, Rob Knox, Ne-Yo, Chris Stokes, The Stereotypes, Tank, The Underdogs. Guest vocals were procided by singer Mýa as well as rappers Shawnna and Yung Joc.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Okayplayer2.5/5 stars[2]
PopMatters5/10 stars[3]

Veteran received generally mixed to positive reviews from music critics. AllMusic editor Andy Kellman praised the production and lyrical qualities for being more hi-standard compared to Houston's previous efforts and for the maturity in his vocal delivery, saying that "he works the more romantic sentiments with enough conviction to indicate that he has more life experiences from which to draw."[1] Joshua Alston of Vibe saw Houston's vocal work similar to that of Sam Cooke, saying that he "sounds sexier when he isn't working so damn hard at it. If only he had a clue."[4]

Adam Pearthree of Okayplayer commended the mature approach the album takes with its songs but found it forgettable, along with Houston's identity crisis in his vocal performance, concluding that, "With stronger song selection [Marques] Houston could still come up with the adult oriented album he wants, but as of now, Veteran simply falls short."[2] Mike Joseph of PopMatters also found the production and songwriting adequate at best but felt it was too reminiscent of other established R&B artists, saying that "[T]he moments you notice on Veteran are the ones that remind you of other artists. Now in his mid-twenties, it’s hard to say whether Houston will ever develop the singular personality that will elevate his career to the next level of hitmaker status."[3]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, Veteran debuted and peaked at number 5 on the US Billboard 200,[5][6] and number 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.[6][7] This marked Houston's first number one solo album as well as his highest-charting album yet. Veteran sold almost 70,000 units in its first week.[8]

Track listing[edit]

1."Veteran (Intro)"
  • Marques Houston
  • Damon Thomas
The Underdogs2:28
2."Like This" (featuring Yung Joc)
  • Bold
  • Stokes
3."Always & Forever"
  • The Underdogs
  • Knox[a]
4."Favorite Girl"
  • Howard
  • Exchange Student[a]
  • Houston
  • Shropshire
  • Cox
  • Troy Johnson
  • White
8."How You Just Gonna"
9."Hold N' Back" (featuring Mýa & Shawnna)
  • Houston
  • LaMont Lassiter
  • Rufus Moore
  • Lassiter
  • Rufus Blaq[a]
11."So Right for Me"
  • Walter Millsap III
  • Candice Nelson
  • Lil Walt
  • Nelson
12."Miss Being Your Man"
  • Houston
  • Dixon
  • Thomas
  • Dawkins
  • Mason
  • Melvin Coleman
  • The Underdogs
  • Coleman[a]
Sample credits


Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Edition
United Kingdom March 19, 2007 Standard
United States March 20, 2007
Germany April 17, 2007


  1. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "Veteran - Marques Houston". AllMusic. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Pearthree, Adam (April 2007). "Marques Houston - Veteran". Okayplayer. Archived from the original on October 23, 2007. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Joseph, Mike (April 17, 2007). "Marques Houston: Veteran". PopMatters. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  4. ^ Alston, Joshua (May 2007). "Marques Houston 'Veteran'". Vibe. Vibe Media. 15 (5): 114. ISSN 1070-4701. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  5. ^ "The Billboard 200: Veteran". Archived from the original on July 19, 2014. Retrieved 2008-02-05.
  6. ^ a b "Marques Houston's 'Veteran' Debuts at Number One". 2007-03-30. Archived from the original on 2008-10-13. Retrieved
  7. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: Veteran". Archived from the original on July 19, 2014. Retrieved 2008-02-05.
  8. ^ "Joss Stone "Reintroduces" Herself, Marques Houston Proves He's A Vet, Baby Boy Da Prince Gets Crowned". Hip-Hop Charts | Archived from the original on 2007-04-01. Retrieved 2008-04-19.
  9. ^ "Marques Houston Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  10. ^ "Marques Houston Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  11. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: Best of 2007". Billboard. Retrieved December 31, 2018.