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5.0 out of 5 stars THE QUEEN IS BACK!
17 yrs have passed since the release of Donna Summer's last full studio effort "Mistaken Identity".

There was hope in 1999 when Donna released the amazing VH1 LIVE AND MORE ENCORE DVD/CD (incidently re issued to coincide with CRAYONS in June!)

LIVE AND MORE ENCORE showcased Donna's still stunning vocal ability,in a live setting and included some...
Published on 21 May 2008 by Lee-B

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3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed effort from Ms Summer
Donna Summer, known for disco classics such as `I Feel Love' & `Love To Love You Baby' returns to the 2008 music scene with a new release, titled Crayons.

The title of this album sums up the approach of this effort from Ms Summer, a multi-coloured and varied collection of different musical styles that opens up with the dance/pop tracks Stamp Your Feet and Mr...
Published on 28 Aug 2008 by Michaelw89


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5.0 out of 5 stars THE QUEEN IS BACK!, 21 May 2008
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This review is from: Crayons (Audio CD)
17 yrs have passed since the release of Donna Summer's last full studio effort "Mistaken Identity".

There was hope in 1999 when Donna released the amazing VH1 LIVE AND MORE ENCORE DVD/CD (incidently re issued to coincide with CRAYONS in June!)

LIVE AND MORE ENCORE showcased Donna's still stunning vocal ability,in a live setting and included some tasty and mature sounding songs from the still in limbo broadway musical about Donna's life "Ordinary Girl" which really do add to the Donna Summer legacy. A new studio album was expected in 2000.

There were some pretty good one off singles and club hits "Love Is The Healer" "I Will Go With You(con te partiro)" among others but whatever happened with SONY, there was difference of opinion and the planned studio album "ANGEL" was shelved.

People were left wondering if this would be the last we would hear from Donna.

Well folks, not only is she back, but she has returned in truly breathtaking style.

"CRAYONS" has surpassed fan expectations and then some!
Donna has released an album of many different flavours. Every song could be a single, and that's straight from Donna herself. What's more she's not telling lies!

The album opens with "STAMP YOUR FEET" a dancey anthem about surviving, and fighting for what you believe in! (Quite appropriate as the label wanted Donna to record an album of oldies!) Like Cher's "BELIEVE" in the 90's this song will help redefine Donna in the Noughties!

Straight off excitement kicks in as you hear Donna's voice is sounding better than ever. The production is cutting edge, Donna sounds youthful and full of vitality just like she always did.

On "MR MUSIC" Donna sings of her IPOD and loving music, layered and sonically interesting this track is a grower,towards the end of the song Donna shows another surprising aspect to her voice.Still of a standard some of the "Diva's o' the day" could only dream of.

Next we hit musical gold with the title track "CRAYONS" a duet with Ziggy Marley. An electro reggae hit from the future, this screams HIT and will have you dancing all summer as Donna sings her way through the rainbow with Ziggy coming along for the ride and singing of "green grass everywhere" ha!:)

"THE QUEEN IS BACK" starts with a wind up pace of a tv news show theme and then SLAM, Donna sings over an authentic R+B thumping backing. Filled with Attitude, only someone of Donna's stature could pull this one off.

"I always told you that I'd never leave ya" This track is a tongue in cheek triumph, you'll be humming it all summer.

Every track is a beautiful moment in itself.

"FAME THE GAME" has a vocoder style Donna singing on the perils of fame and is really relevant..."Be careful what you wish for" indeed!

"I'M A FIRE" is cutting edge house/electro and thanks to a plethora of US mixes is already a billboard number one club smash. UK Mixes are forthcoming and hopefully they will add more to the track. The album version is a masterpiece in itself.

"SAND ON YOUR FEET", is the perfect beach track, and will make you feel like sipping a cool drink or taking a dip and smooching with your soulmate.

"DRIVIN DOWN BRAZIL" is pure samba and bossa nova, really carnival and fun. The tale of a Player driving down to see his girl.

Other standout tracks include probably the most haunting and powerful ballad of Donna's career "BE MYSELF AGAIN".
You feel Donna's pain on this track and in doing so cannot fail to feel your own.
An absolute triumph, and certainly deserving of a grammy nod, like so many on the album.

"SLIDE OVER BACKWARDS" is a rootsy country song, this songs stands out from the rest of the album as it is so different style wise to anything else on it. With Donna really singing as the character of the song, and sounding like a 40 a day whiskey soaked woman who has had a tough life! That woman can act! Shades of Tina Turner and Macy Gray come through, but it's still unmistakably Donna!

The album ends on a dramatic note with "Bring Down the Reign" a haunting prayer for Dafur, featuring a beautiful childrens choir. So beautiful.

The world has changed a lot in the 17 yrs since "Mistaken Identity" and now that Donna is firing on all cylinders again, this CD is the perfect showcase for her still stunning voice. All wrapped like multi coloured candy, in a 21st century soundscape which Donna sounds right at home in.

I think I've said it a few times, but "CRAYONS" really is a triumph
It shows an ageless talent still able to deliver the goods,actually pushing boundaries and adding more classics to her already jaw dropping repetoire.
If you loved the groundbreaking Donna of the past, be prepared to listen with an open mind and you won't be disappointed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Vintage, 25 Oct 2008
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This review is from: Crayons (Audio CD)
A fine wine can take years to reach it's best in the bottle.

So too a fine voice.

We have known that Ms Summer ( Nee Gaines ) has been in possession
of such an instrument for some thirty years.
An instrument always long on power but somewhat wanting in the
emotional expression department.

My last memory of her involves a somewhat drunken night in a New York
bar of doubtful repute, dancing my paws sore to 'Con Te Partiro' with a
wide-eyed Latino beauty whose dark gaze betrayed ignoble intentions with
regard to my black leather jeans. ( Yes - Even The Wolf has lived a little ! )

Warm memories then and a welcome return.

'Crayons' delivers a highly varied palette during the course of it's generous
thirteen tracks. Rock, R&B, Latin, Soulful Ballad and Hip Hop all get a look in.
The writing is strong, the musicianship and production remaining always
on Ms Summer's side.

The voice has never (ever) sounded better. For perhaps the first time there
is a real sense of this great artist loosening up and truly enjoying herself.

Listen to 'Slide Over Backwards' ! It's difficult to believe it really is our heroine !

'Be Myself Again' is a glorious performance by any standard. A great torchsong
beautifully sung. The warm bloom and expressiveness in her voice has hardly
been bettered in her long career.

Riches aplenty elsewhere on this splendid release.

With it's raucous cheerleader refrain 'Stamp Your Feet' is a worthy opener.

'The Queen Is Back' sounds like a woman reclaiming her territory
with sassy confidence.

'Sand On My Feet' finds yet another new dimension in this recreated being's voice.
Gorgeous !!

'Science Of Love', with its' driving synth and drums, provides yet another opportunity
for personal innovation.

'Drivin' Down Brazil' and its' lilting samba rhythm adds yet more spice to
an already mouthwatering experience.

An album to savour and to treasure.

Ms Summer's Epiphany !

Long May She Reign !

Highly Recommended.

(Donna Summer December 31 1948 - May 17 2012. A great voice. A legend. Incomparable.)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant comeback - Amazing variety, 25 Jun 2008
This review is from: Crayons (Audio CD)
If you're into monotonous music, this album is not for you.
Donna Summer, the great Donna Summer, may be universally known as "the Queen of disco" but, let's face it, she's one of the most flexible and versatile singers in the world - and has always been (just think of her 5 Grammys won in 4 different categories).
On CRAYONS each song is like a different color (and musical genre). Pop, dance, rock, R&B, samba, ballads: Donna can sing them all - and sing them great!
Her voice sounds as good as always, her music has the power to entertain and make feel good.
Personal favorites include: I'M A FIRE, STAMP YOUR FEET, THE QUEEN IS BACK, FAME (THE GAME), SAND ON MY FEET, BE MYSELF AGAIN and BRING DOWN THE REIGN.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Donna summer crayons, 25 Sep 2013
This review is from: Crayons (Audio CD)
As a really big fan of Donna Summer especially the 70s disco classics, I decided to buy Crayons. It's probably the only Donna cd I do not own. I must say this cd is incredible, it has depth, and sounds really current. Donnas vocals are never in question, the voice is powerful strong and beautiful. The music world has lost a true master of song. It's sad to think there will be no more new Donna CDs, but thank God for the ones she has given us.
Kalle Kennedy (London)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed effort from Ms Summer, 28 Aug 2008
This review is from: Crayons (Audio CD)
Donna Summer, known for disco classics such as `I Feel Love' & `Love To Love You Baby' returns to the 2008 music scene with a new release, titled Crayons.

The title of this album sums up the approach of this effort from Ms Summer, a multi-coloured and varied collection of different musical styles that opens up with the dance/pop tracks Stamp Your Feet and Mr. Music. Ziggy Marley (son of Bob) teams up with Donna for the title track with its light pop-reggae sound. The Queen Is Back is a highlight of the album, with Donna clearly stating lyrically she's returned with this big beat sounding track.

Other tracks covering the musical kaleidoscope include the acoustic sound of Sand On My Feet; the Bossa Nova influenced Drivin' Down Brazil, the return of the dance sound with a Latin twist on I'm A Fire, a decent blues sounding effort Slide Over Backwards and the ballad Be Myself Again. Another highlight of the album is Bring Down The Reign with an African rhythmic feel. The euro-dance sound of It's Only Love ends the set.

It's good to see Donna Summer back recording after such a long period and credit is due that the songs are original compositions, however it's attempt to cover various styles of music in my opinion appears to make the album a bit too crowded.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Donna is on fire!, 8 Aug 2008
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I've been a Donna Summer fan since the 1970s so I awaited this album with much excitement. It might have been too much to expect Donna's first new studio album in 17 years to live up to expectations..... but it does and them some.
I have to admire Donna for standing by her principles and insisting on doing an album of new contempory music rather than going down the covers album road that so many other artists of her era have gone down. Donna has co-written all of the tracks on this album and many of them could be hit singles given the right push by a record company. Tracks like 'Stamp Your Feet', 'The Queen is Back','I'm A Fire' and 'Drivin Down Brazil' would sit very comfortably next to her classic hits from the 1970s and 1980s.
Donna has already taken this album into the Billboard top 20 and has once again topped the billboard dance chart at the age of 59! This album deserves to be a big success the world over and fans from the past should have no hesitation in adding it to their collections.
Buy with confidence!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2008 is gonna be one VERY long hot SUMMER!!!!, 4 April 2008
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This review is from: SUMMER, DONNA-CRAYONS (Audio CD)
Mr Hodgkiss' review is spot on. If the "I'm A Fire" track released to the clubs (and is available for download on iTUNES internationally!!!)is anything to go by then Donna Summer - the undisputable Queen of Disco, who can sing anything and everything - is gonna scorch the ass of all who get in her way when this album gets released in May.

I have read many interviews where Donna has sworn on the Bible that she would never have said such wicked, awful stuff about such a large chunk of her fanbase.

I have footage of her press conference from about 1991 where, in tears, she stated that those vicious words were those of the journalist and not her words. Donna said that she can't spend the REST of her life telling people she never said those words.

You either believe her or you don't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE QUEEN IS BACK, 1 April 2008
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Mr. C. Hodgkiss "Chris" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: SUMMER, DONNA-CRAYONS (Audio CD)
The Queen of disco, DONNA SUMMER is back, back,back!
Promo lead single "I'm a Fire" is doing BIG business Stateside, and is HOT! It's currently in the billboard TOP 10, and the buzz on the street, and in the (gay) clubs is that she's found her mojo again.
This is her first album of NEW material in 17 years, since 1991's " Mistaken Identity".
Forget all the so-called anti gay stuff which was attributed to her...she NEVER said it. Let her new album do the talking....and pre-order it NOW!!!!!! Hot picture of her on the cover too!
I've been a Donna fan since the beginning...she's a true diva,gay icon, and a huge star.
Love it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 14 Mar 2011
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V. Ignjatovic "Vitko" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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I keep asking myself if it is really possible that after so many years Donna Summer managed to release an album which is truly fantastic - every song on this album is very good!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best since Bad Girls album!, 30 May 2008
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Please, please, please, buy this album if you you've ever enjoyed a Donna Summer track as it's the best thing she's done since 1979's classic Bad Girls. I know - everything she did in the interim was just a tad banal and arbitrary, but this is the true return to form of a legendary performer and songwriter. The only reason it's getting four instead of five stars at the moment is that it'll have a bit of a way to go yet before it can compete with some of the iconic music this woman has produced. (And if people get on board, she may actually come over to the UK to play!)
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