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Album Review

In 1991, Crystal Waters made it clear that house music could be as socially aware as rap with her wildly infectious treasure "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)" — a poigant and moving reflection on a homeless woman's struggle that makes its point without preaching. The nasal-voiced neo-disco/R&B diva doesn't have a great range, but proves that a vocalist doesn't need one in order to be expressive and convincing. While nothing else on Surprise is as outstanding as two mixes of "Gypsy Woman" — clearly, the CD's greatest asset — Waters has highly addictive and enjoyable house/neo-disco (neo by 1991 standards) fare in "Makin' Happy" and "Good Lovin'." Surprise's greatest weakness is an uneventful version of jazz saxophonist Wardell Gray's "Twisted." Embracing singer Annie Ross' zany lyrics to the bebop classic, Waters isn't terribly confident or assured. But in the dance and R&B realms, she showed much promise — and lived up to it on her 1994 follow-up Storyteller.

Customer Reviews

Unique

One of kind... you have to be daring to come up with the style she has and still want to eat. It's creative perfection ... one that I can appreciate. Unmistakable voice.

gypsy woman

A classic 90s dance tune. I purchased the 7minute tune and loved it! A must buy!

Biography

Born: October 10, 1964 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Dance

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

A New Jersey vocalist who majored in computer science at Howard, Crystal Waters had one of 1991's surprise left-field hits with "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)." The song had both a potent message and wonderful vocal that smartly mixed anger, irony, and humor. None of Waters' other songs were quite that inspired, but her debut LP, Surprise,...
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