Crayons

Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. On Crayons, it’s like no time has passed at all, and of course it hasn't.
  3. Crayons is a healthy antidote to an industry that loves to package and box artists.
  4. Crayons, though consistently good-natured and glossily wise about life’s learning curves, isn’t it. It’s a Los Angeles pop record, seemingly made by committee; it has no center.
  5. Some of her tunes are more steady than sizzling, but when she taps into the likes of the soaring, synthesizer-driven 'I'm a Fire,' her smart combination of rich personality and kinetic energy invites a trip to the dance floor.
  6. Vibe
    70
    The disco ball might be unplugged, but Summer still shines. [July 2008, p.61]
  7. 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.
  8. Q Magazine
    60
    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]
  9. 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.
  10. Autobiographical, hopeful, working through different genres, one can't help but feel that if she had stretched herself while remaining focused just on quality dance-pop that the record would have been fantastic and not such a sad sunset on the legendary Summer.
  11. Most of the cuts on Crayons are adequate, but there is a distinct lack of the unmoored, thrilling sensuality that Summer used to trade in so effortlessly.
  12. Unfortunately Summers’s voice and persona just don’t suit this material.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 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 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. Full Review »
  2. AjR.
    Jul 12, 2008
    10
    I'm buying this cd no doubt a older and more glamous look i love the new look donna summer given the sucess of the other 1970s I'm buying this cd no doubt a older and more glamous look i love the new look donna summer given the sucess of the other 1970s returning stars she a babe. Full Review »
  3. 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 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. Full Review »