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Crayons

Donna SummerAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)

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Donna Summer
December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012)

Born LaDonna Adrian Gaines in Boston, Massachusetts in 1948, Donna Summer, was an American singer/songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of the 1970s.
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  • Audio CD (May 20, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Burgundy S
  • ASIN: B0016B6ZKG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,132 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stamp Your Feet
2. Mr. Music
3. Crayons featuring Ziggy Marley
4. The Queen is Back
5. Fame(The Game)
6. Sand On My Feet
7. Drivin' Down Brazil
8. I'm A Fire
9. Slide Over Backwards
10. Science of Love
11. Be Myself Again
12. Bring Down The Reign

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The Queen of Disco is back in 2008! Legendary singer songwriter Donna Summer releases her first studio album of all new material in 17 years! Her album Crayons contains a potent mix of up-tempo tunes and ballads while showcasing her incredible new material that is co-written by Donna. The song Crayons features Ziggy Marley. She has sold over 100 million records, has five Grammies, four #1 singles, 14 Top 10 Pop singles, 3 consecutive #1 platinum albums, 11 gold and platinum albums.

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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Donna Summer's Returned to Reign May 20, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I must say that I was surprised and not expecting this great album from Donna Summer. "Crayons" is not an attempt to recapture the sound and music she's perhaps best known as. This album is meant to stand against big artists of today and to capture the pop/hip-hop/r&b vibe that's popular today. Not only that but after being known as conquering disco, Donna Summer reaches ahead and goes for the club-crowd. Does it work? In all, yes. "Crayons" is fresh, exciting, has funny lyrics, introspective lyrics and outright unapologetic and fun.

You'll like how upbeat the sound and tone of this album is. This is really a club record, testing out different styles (or perhaps crayons). The songs that work the best for me were the title track 'Crayons' that has a Caribbean/island sound and features Ziggy Marley. 'Stamp Your Feet' is a pop/inspirational song where Summers urges her audience to take a stand and to make their voices be heard. 'The Queen is Back' is by far the most fun, with Donna Summer obviously speaking of her return to the scene and not holding back on the 'diva' attitude we'd expect from her. The last track, 'Bring Down the Reign' features a choir of children and Donna Summer putting aside the club-vibe for something epic in sound and pulls off a quite moving song.

What you may not like is the at times over-processed vocals that render her unrecognizable on some tracks. This is the only area of the album that bothers me because so many artists, including Cher, Mariah and Madonna (mentioned in other reviews) have gone this same route as if it's the only way to compete with others in the business. It took away from some songs when I wished we'd hear more of her voice which we know is great and strong enough not to be picked apart by a computer.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun! See the Tour if you can! June 24, 2008
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A solid comeback to the dancefloor for Summer who has waited way too long to record a new record. This one has some good stomping beats and high powered vocals (maybe tampered with a bit too much). Still, Summer is Summer and she's great at what she does. Why she sounds so much like Tina Turner on one of these tracks is confounding and strange, but otherwise good fun!

Update 7/12/08 - Just saw Donna tonight in concert in Boston. Her voice is still AMAZING live. A great evening. The entire crowd was singing along and dancing all evening. A great shared experience. All the songs from the new album tranlslated very well to her live performance. See it if you can!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I play this EVERY morning to get me out the door! June 28, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This has been WELL worth the wait!

It opens with "STAMP YOUR FEET" a crump type cheerleaderish chant that is catchy and will get you out of your chair within the first beat! This is already the top hit on the charts now, so that should tell you something!

"MR. MUSIC" up to date beats, another crumpy hip hop song, catchy, and positively upbeat! Reminds me a little of " Mr. DJ" by Madonna. The bridge offers more cheerleader type chanting, as made popular by Gwen Stefani.

"CRAYONS" Fun colorful metaphors in this 'we're all the same' message with reggae great ZIGGY MARLEY adding his irie flavoured vocals. This is by far the "happiest' make you smile song on the album. Fast paced and catchy hook. Reminds me of: 'I'm So Excited' by Pointer Sisters.

"THE QUEEN IS BACK", she SURE is! And better than ever! This hard-hitting song-another great crump/hip hop dancers song! An obvious ode to her return with tongue in cheek references to her past hits: " So many years ago/ ON THE RADIO...She crept into your soul / AND LOVED TO LOVE YOU all" was very clever and reminded us how she has stayed in our hearts for over 3 decades! Another catchy chorus.

"FAME (THE GAME)", a tell it like it is song about being a celebrity and a day-in-the-life of. Fast rapped background vocal (on maybe her vocoded voice) talking about everything from Botox to platinum credits cards. Catchy with a locomotive type driven beat.

Slowing it down with "SAND ON MY FEET" ballad saying that all she needs is the sand and her lover. A sweet romantic break from dancing for 5 songs non-stop! You can almost imagine walking on the sand there with her!
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect SUMMER for the season and the year! June 15, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Even though we're at the halfway point of the year, 2008 may go down as "The Year of the Boomer," what with major releases from "seniors" like Madonna, Sergio Mendes, Al Green, Dolly Parton and septuagenarian Dame Shirley Bassey, all being well-received by critics and fans alike.

To the fray we can now add Donna Summer with "Crayons," a welcome addition to the singer's discography of hits and an ear-friendly hodgepodge for those of us that have loved the singer since "Love to Love You Baby" hit the airwaves three decades ago.

The new release, featuring twelve songs co-written by Summer and a variety of songwriters, allows the singer to poke fun at herself and celebrity ("The Queen is Back" and "Fame-the Game"), as well as hurl herself headlong into contemporary dance grooves with tunes like the tile cut and "Mr. Music." Summer gets a little nostalgic with the retro-disco sound on "I'm a Fire," waxes country with "Slide Over Backwards," and plays with a South American sound with "Drivin' Down Brazil."

The slower, mid-tempo numbers are just as good. "Sand on My Feet," "Science of Love," "Be Myself Again," and "Bring Down the Reign" allow Summer to show her softer yet highly effective vocals, something that she occasionally did on such classics as her concept "Bad Girls" and "Once Upon a Time" albums from the 70's.

Though some may call "Crayons" a comeback, I prefer to think of it as a "rebirth" to her minions of fans worldwide, as well as an "introduction" to the younger listeners that weren't fortunate to have experienced the "Queen of Disco" in her heyday.

Either way, both audiophiles will be pleased with this FIVE-STAR recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
LOVE IT!
Published 14 days ago by J. Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars DS is the best!
Great album!!!!!
Published 16 days ago by KM
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable influences.
Enjoy most of the songs on the CD. Donna seems to be able to keep her fans on their toes.
Published 1 month ago by DaRa
3.0 out of 5 stars Donna Summer
I love Donna Summer, what a wonderful voice she had. This selection was not one of her best albums. It wasn't her style of music.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars the best
I am a huge fan of Donna Summer. To those who refer to her as the queen of disco (which she is) listen to this cd and you will be saying that she is the queen of all music styles... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Buyer
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected.
Not really happy with this album. Like her older music better. Not what I expected. I guess I'm stuck with the old school stuff!
Published 8 months ago by DLou
5.0 out of 5 stars DONNA WILL ALWAYS BE THE QUEEN!
Excellent CD! A must for your collection! Stamp is a good dancing song. Driving Down to Brazil takes you there on the road, Sand in my shoes, puts you at the beach in love... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Vincent Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Donna Summer has always released great music. Her voice was always full of power and range. The CD has some excellent tracks. Pick up a copy if it isn't in your collection.
Published 8 months ago by M. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice Donna Summer comeback album!
Donna exploring her talents as a comeback kid. You will definitely enjoy her music made to work with the queen of disco!!!
Published 11 months ago by CD music collector
4.0 out of 5 stars LOOKING BACK: Just like the title of her song on this disc states:...
This took some time getting used to, due to the synthesized-techno music intergrated, but after several spins, I began to like it more than I did before. Read more
Published 14 months ago by D. Baker
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DONNA SUMMER IS THE WOMAN ON THE COVER
There is no doubt it is The Queen herself who is in the cover and all the artwork in the CD and accompanying brochure. Photoshop or not, it is certainly not to be questioned as Donna has every right to look beautiful in her first full album release since 1991 (unless you count Christmas Spirit... Read More
Jul 9, 2008 by Luis P. Fernandez |  See all 3 posts
Donna Summer Is Back With A Hot New CD!
I could not agree with you more!!! Donna has been my favorite artist since her debut in 1975. She is probably the most under rated vocalist on the planet. I pray this project will launch a comeback similar to Tina Turner's. I plan to buy several copies of the CD and encourage others to do the... Read More
Mar 25, 2008 by Steve L. Fuller |  See all 5 posts
I'm A Fire Hits #1 On Billboard's Club Play Chart
Finally what we've been waiting for; "I'm a fire" on the top. Now a Number 1 for our Queen, now we can say the Queen is back! I'm totally hooked to "I'm a fire" I can't stop listening to it over and over again.
Apr 4, 2008 by Mario Maldonado Alvarado |  See all 3 posts
Wow! Donna is now at #18 on Amazon.
and still climbing! I'm going to meet her in person this coming Saturday night in Chicago at the Harold Washington Cultural Center. She's giving an interview and signing her new CD, all for only 20 bucks!!! I CAN'T WAIT!!!!! :-)
May 20, 2008 by Sheri |  See all 12 posts
Donna Summer "Best Album Of The Year So Far".
Donna put out "Someone I used to Love" and I am trying to locate it. Does anyone have it?
May 18, 2012 by Lynn Purvis |  See all 2 posts
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