Crayons - Donna Summer
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  • Summary: The first album of new songs in over 15 years from the queen of disco.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. This surprisingly lively set finds the former disco diva teaming with a crew of young collaborators--including Greg Kurstin, Danielle Brisebois, Ziggy Marley, J.R. Rotem and Lester Mendez--for a series of uptempo forays into stomping dance-pop, juke-joint blues-rock, breezy Latin jazz and African-accented soul.
  2. Crayons is a healthy antidote to an industry that loves to package and box artists.
  3. On Crayons, it’s like no time has passed at all, and of course it hasn't.
  4. The music is harmlessly listenable, and the requisite nods to her dance-floor legacy, like the sweeping, dramatic house anthem 'I'm a Fire' and the lockstep 'Stamp Your Feet,' are (at the very least) no less opportunistic than the latest albums by Madonna and Janet Jackson.
  5. If we forget her Lenny Henry-esque Jamaican accent on the title track's Ziggy Marley duet, she's on sterling form. [Aug 2008, p.143]
  6. 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.
  7. Unfortunately Summers’s voice and persona just don’t suit this material.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
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  1. ChrisL.
    May 28, 2008
    10
    This album is awesome. I never listened to Donna Summer before, didn't really know much about her, but this was played to me by an old friend and I was blown away. Ten out of ten, no question! Expand
  2. JohnG.
    May 27, 2008
    10
    She's back after 17teen years. In good voice and song. great cd.The best of classic Donna and the sounds of today. You will not be sorry!
  3. FrancoisC.
    Sep 6, 2008
    10
    When the gap between the appreciation by critics and the one by general public is so big, I say to myself that something is wrong... about the critics of course. Donna Summer, like Celine Dion, is the type of artist critics as so scared about saying something good. Do not hesitate a second to get this album. One of the best in 2008 so far. Expand
  4. BryanE.
    May 30, 2008
    10
    This is perhaps one of the best CD's of Donna Summer's illustrious career. Although some critics don't like the fact that Donna dabbles with many different styles on this CD, I love the fact that Crayons is so diverse. Ironically, the critics seem to like the disco driven "I'm A Fire", but this is the track that I skip the most. "Fire" is my least favorite track on the CD. "Crayons" is a very fun song. Love that one. Without giving a song by song run-down of the CD, just wanted to give this CD a thumbs up....two thumbs way up! Expand
  5. SombiY.
    Jul 2, 2008
    10
    The Queen is Back. Liike a breath a Fresh air...Love it.
  6. fabfever
    Jul 12, 2008
    10
    Are you kidding wow wow where has she been wow this can be the begging of a brand new sound of music going into 2009 2010 2011 2012 and beown her talking parts and new beats and claps in the music we love you donna. Expand
  7. MattZ.
    May 28, 2008
    9
    It's really exciting to see a 59 year old hanging in - and then some - with artists so much younger. I'm inspired by longevity - great job, Ms. Summer. And Fame (the Game) may be the coolest mix of disco and rock since Hot Stuff. Expand

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