Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, R&B
With 7 top 10 dance singles (3 were number 1) under her belt, Amber returns with her explosive 2002 album Naked. It's packed with hits including the single, 'Yes' which was #1 on the Billboard Dance Single Chart. The alb... more »
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With 7 top 10 dance singles (3 were number 1) under her belt, Amber returns with her explosive 2002 album Naked. It's packed with hits including the single, 'Yes' which was #1 on the Billboard Dance Single Chart. The album features a bonus remix from Thunderpuss of 'The Need To Be Naked'.
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Great talent but disappointing album
Michael Stoil | Springfield, Virginia USA | 06/27/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Marie-Claire Cremers, aka Amber, is still a wonderful talent and a star of the Dance genre. She has a great, expressive voice and she writes amazingly. Naked is a good CD for Amber fans to listen to and acquire: Yes, in particular, is a remarkable collaboration between Amber's voice, the stream-of-consciousness writing of James Joyce, and a solid dance genre beat. But the highlights don't change the fact that Naked has a lot of disappointments, based on two delusions: that Amber can sound like a Motown R&B diva and that fans who love the driving rhythm of her hit singles really want Amber to sing slow ballads. The first delusion is encouraged by one of her collaborators, Wolfram Dettki, who co-wrote "You're Sent From Heaven,""If There Would Be No Tomorrow," and "He." Sorry, Wolfram, Amber's accent imitating an African-American is a pallid substitute for soul. She lacks the belting gutsiness in her voice and the Gospel music background to pull off these selections. The second delusion shows up in the two songs, "Don't Say Goodbye" and "The Smile of My Child." I could hear Streisand or Dion making these into show-stoppers...but Amber doesn't have the power to pull it off. And do we really want to hear her mimic Streisand with a slow, lyrical love song?
Other reviewers correctly identify these last two cuts as faith-focused, family-value material: the lyrics of "Don't Say Goodbye" opposes divorce and the other cut tells us "The Smile of my child/Makes my life worth living." Even a sexist knows anti-feminism when he hears it (and doesn't feel comfortable with it). Perhaps Amber could create a separate album for Christian Rock fans...and Wolfram can find a real Black singer to work with."
Very dissapointing release from Amber
guillermoj | Washington, DC United States | 08/29/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"If you want Amber at her best buy "Remixed". I was very much looking forward to this release after hearing the first single "Yes", but I was extremely disappointed by almost every other song on the CD. This woman is extremely talented and has worked with great people, but this does not pack the punch of previous efforts. The Afterlife Chillout Remix of "Sexual" (an incredible song that Amber's record company finds a way to put in every release) is miserable. There are a couple of good songs: "Sex and the City" and "The Need To Be Naked", but no "Sexual" to be found here. The song "The Smile of A Child" has got to be most akward song placement is years and it's the worst song I've ever heard from Amber. I'll still be watching this talent, but this release is not worth your hard earned money."
Amber shows us her most sophisticated side yet
Nelson Andrews | Dortmund, Germany | 09/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After her self-titled sophomore effort, which witnessed Amber's development from a canned dance diva to a full-fledged song writer with something to say and the talent to sing her message powerfully, I had very high hopes for Naked.I can honestly say that my extremely high expections for Naked were met on the first listen, and that this album has continued to grow on me over the months. The more I listen to it, the more I can't get enough of it. Amber's lyrics have a poetic nature to them that goes far beyond the shock value of titles such as "The Need to Be Naked." Furthermore, the songs all have strong hooks, and the production values are interesting, new, and innovative.Highlights on this disc include Anyway (my favorite track on the album) Love One You (a nice, slow burn) You're Sent From Heaven, in which the verses seem to explode into the chorus, The Need To Be Naked, and Yes!, which features the words of James Joyce in the chorus.In the world of dance/pop albums, Amber's Naked fully deserves a place next to Madonna's Ray of Light and Kylie Minogue's Fever. It simply doesn't get much better that this."