Crystal Waters Import
Waters never managed to build on the crossover success of her first single, "Gypsy Woman," though her efforts this time around suggest she's still up to the challenge. The sing-song, nursery rhyme-patterned "Mamma Told Me" is a catchy tune, and the lingering buzz in the clubs from her Dennis Rodman collaboration "Just a Freak" (included here) could be extended to "Body Music." A too-literal cover of Prince's "Uptown" isn't a high point, but her NBA At 50 anthem "Say ... If You Feel Alright" is a blast. --Jeff Bateman
This album, her third, follows up two already successful albums ("Surprise" and "Storyteller.") What makes this one special, though, is that she's turning up the "flava" here a few notches by taking on Prince's 1980 hit, "Uptown" and Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me"(elements OF it.) Granted, she doesn't do MUCH with Prince's song other than house it up, but it makes for an enjoyable listen. It would have been cool had she gotten with Clivilles & Cole or Jazzy B even; maybe even Orbit, but I think the latter would have taken her to areas in music too far beyond her reach.
Otherwise, it's one jam after another here on her 3rd solo release which should have been much better received and sadly, was not. The only song here I really don't care too much for is "Spin Me." The first six or seven songs kick MAD beats and the first single ("Say...") are all standouts. After this, she ended up dropped (from Polygram)and signed with an indie label. This is sad, where she certainly IS major label material.
Of her three albums, this one strikes me as being the BEST. Of course, this is also a matter of individual taste. I felt that this one had the most variety and sizzle. After sampling the Price is Right's theme song and scoring BIG TIME with her very unique, "Come on Down," she's been putting out material (and still topping the Dance charts via indie labels and joint efforts with other artists.) In a perfect world, she would have stuck with The Basement Boys, but no matter WHAT she does, one thing's "Crystal" clear: The Dance charts and the dancefloor aDORE her!
the previous reviews have been a bit harsh. Her first album, "Surprise", was an interesting introduction to her talents
where as her 2nd, "Storyteller" showed her natural progression
as a songwriter with various catchy, yet thoughtful tracks. I agree
her voice isn't the best but at least Crystal tells it like it is!! when it
comes to life or love and i'd rather listen to Crystal than say,
Whitney,Celine or the dreaded (gulp!) Mariah, all squeaking like
mice and a screamin' and a hollerin' down the microphone. Back
to this album, As I said before not her best but Crystal has
at least made Prince's old "Uptown" her own (one of the better
Prince cover versions of recent years). What on earth Dennis
Rodman is doing on this however is a mystery best left uncovered
but there you go. I like "Spin me" and "Easy" (this latter track is
dead funky). If you like Crystal Waters then this is still a must as at
least she has tried to move on with each album. It's what she's
going to do next that's gonna be really interesting...