Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, R&B
You know that skit from Saturday Night Live, the one where the two guys stand around a nightclub bobbing their heads and trying in vain to pick up women? Right, well this is the perfect disc for their head-bobbing. A slick... more »
You know that skit from Saturday Night Live, the one where the two guys stand around a nightclub bobbing their heads and trying in vain to pick up women? Right, well this is the perfect disc for their head-bobbing. A slick dance-popper in the same vein as, say, Culture Beat or Haddaway, Crystal Waters kicks off Storyteller with her dancefloor trump-card: "100% Pure Love," as sure a club hit as was released in 1994. The rest is a bit less easily typecast--a few organs and ballads amid all the cow-bells--but it never strays too far from the basic formula: Unabashedly cheesy, and generally better off for it. Ain't no one gonna confuse this with Aphex Twin anyway. --Keven McAlester
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A "story" worth telling
Reginald D. Garrard | Camilla, GA USA | 10/26/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Crystal Waters is forever to be linked with her monster 1991 smash "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)", a song that was evenly praised and condemned. Who can forget Kim Wayans's highly hilarious parody featured on "In Living Color"?
Based on the strength of this album's hit single "100% Pure Love", a disco dynamo, I purchased the disc. Well, some eight years later, I see the songwriter behind the throbbing beats.
Waters displays versatility in her writing that others work a lifetime to achieve. The songs range from the playfully erotic (the previously mentioned "100%" and the equally suggestive "What I Need") to a 90's version of a "torch song" in the title cut, along with a tune of social commentary ("Listen For My Beep"). She throws in a little inspirational ditty with the dance-friendly "Relax".
The best cut, however, samples heavily from the Fifth Dimension's "Stone Cold Picnic." "Ghetto Day" allow Waters to deftly explore the balance between the sadness and joys of life in the urban jungle. It may be dark, at times, but the sun does eventually shine.
And Waters, herself, gives off many "rays" on this above-average album."