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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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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!
"DRIVING DOWN BRAZIL" offers a Samba/Batucada beat latin flavoured beat that just makes you want to sit on a sidestreet and drink Mojitos, and goes down equally smooth!
"I'M A FIRE" Going a little more back to her DISCO roots on this one, I felt more back in highschool with this one!
"SLIDE OVER BACKWARDS" not sure what happened here, in the last few songs we went from Brazil to Disco to the Bayou! Her voice is raspy and almost a little creepy! Twangy banjos and harmonica dominate this song. It took me a while to get used to this one, still trying to not skip it when I play the CD! Reminds me of Tina Turner's "Nutbush City Limits".
"SCIENCE OF LOVE" Electronic voices open up the intro on this could be dance song, but I am not quite feeling it. She is having trouble getting away from her ex on this one, and blames it on science!
"BE MYSELF AGAIN" another ballad, very sparse: piano and vocals. An introspective sermon about coming back to being yourself again. Beautiful lyrics and song.
"BRING DOWN THE REIGN" another ballad, opens up with African type chanting. A message and cry out for help for DARFUR, AFRICA. Beautiful and very powerful. Let's do SOMETHING!
OVERALL, this album offers something for everyone; young and old, black and white, dancers, singers, it is a VERY WELL ROUNDED album, I am very proud to say I own!
SHOULD YOU BUY IT? Absolutely! I play it every morning when I get ready and I get ready so much faster because I am dancing to the fast beats! I actually got tired of taking it out of the CD player in the bathroom and then taking it with me in the car, that I made a copy for the car!!! So it basically goes with me EVERYWHERE!
Whatever mood you are in..There is a song on the cd for it!
WHO SHOULD BUY IT? Crumpers, hip hop dancers, teens, Summer fans, your mother, gays, straights, any race, anyone that wants to smile all day!
My personal stand outs are Crayons, I'm A Fire, Slide Over Backwards. The title track is so uplifting in the delivery. From the togetherness of the lyrics to the jump up and be happy of the rhythm and beats, it is a crowd pleaser and I would have love to have seen Ziggy Marly and Donna perform this song. I'm a Fire is traditional dance Diva's groove. Every time I listen to the song I see Summer performing before a live audience while flying over them on a high wire stinging her to and fro. Slide Over Backwards puts me in the old southern Juke Joint atmosphere. Can't you hear Shug Avery, from Color Purple, singing this song?
I absolutely love this CD and recommend it HIGHLY. I am even willing to spearhead a petition to have it re-released. I bet any amount of money it would sell a lot more than it did when it was first released.
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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An excellent re-issue of Donna’s very last studio album!Read more