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Album Review

Donna Summer sounds younger here than on her previous studio album, 1991's Mistaken Identity, or just about any of the isolated tracks that surfaced throughout the previous 17 years, which is a good thing as frequently as it is a bad thing. Crayons benefits from Summer's effortless energy; she was clearly into making this album, and her voice is as able and flexible as ever. However, almost all of the material with which she has to work — several stylistic angles are taken with the likes of Danielle Brisebois (Natasha Bedingfield, Kelly Clarkson) Greg Kurstin (Lily Allen, Nelly Furtado), J.R. Rotem (Leona Lewis, Trey Songz), and several others — would make more sense on an album by a female teen pop group from the U.K. or, in some cases, a young adult catering to the coffeehouse market. One exception, if only from a lyrical standpoint, is "The Queen Is Back," where Summer refers to herself in the third person, as well as her past: "So many years ago on the radio/She crept into your soul and learned to love you." But it's really the type of move you'd expect from an aspiring diva on her second or third album. In-fashion vocal effects, which Summer certainly does not need, detract from a handful of these tracks, but as a whole, the album won't have trouble pleasing fans who just want to hear their queen have a blast and tear it up.

Customer Reviews


Donna Summer is back with the magic once again. This album is unique, and enjoyable to listen or dance to: Ballads, Pop, Rock, Dance-Electro, Spanish, and Afro-Pop. Donna Summer normally makes amazing multi-genre albums like “I Remember Yesterday” 1977, “Bad Girls” 1979, “She Works Hard For The Money” 1983, “Mistaken Identity” 1991, and more, but this is the best so far and I hope in the near future Donna Summer gives us some more refreshing albums like CRAYONS.

She's back and better than ever...

Slick and perfect for the summer. A great vibe runs through the entire album. Great production and song writing. The biggest treat is Donna's voice which is as powerful and as soulful as ever. 'I'm on fire' could be the soundtrack to 2008. Let's hope that we will not have to wait another 17 years for her next new material!!

Welcome back Donna

wonderful album, great talent, gorgeous voice and wit......a great mix of spirituality and sensuality and a great mix of styles.....there is a tiny lyrical blip on this album when Donna sings 'ipod' ('Mr Music' actually extremely infectious once into the chorus)....but apart from that its fun and fresh. It has three stunning ballads: 'Be myself Again', 'Sand on My Feet' and the stunning Dafur plead 'Bring Down the Reign' as well as a great commentary on 'celebrity' with "Fame (The Game)" least 4 top ten singles in here if there is any justice: 'Crayons', 'Stamp Your Feet', Fame, 'The Queen is Back' the bonus track 'Its Only Love' which has Summer back at her breathy best on the dancefloor and the number 1 billboard dance track 'I'm a Fire'.....a great 'Summer' soundtrack indeed!


Born: 31 December 1948 in Boston, MA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Donna Summer's title as the "Queen of Disco" wasn't mere hype. Like many of her contemporaries, she was a talented vocalist trained as a powerful gospel belter, but she set herself apart with her songwriting ability, magnetic stage presence, and shrewd choice of studio collaborators, all of which resulted in sustained success. During the '70s alone, she topped the Billboard club chart 11 times with high-quality, often-high concept material that included the rapturous "Love to Love You Baby," the...
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