Donna Summer sounds younger here than on her previous studio album, 1991's Mistaken Identity, or just about any of the isolated tracks that surfaced throughout the previous 17 years, which is a good thing as frequently as it is a bad thing. Crayons benefits from Summer's effortless energy; she was clearly into making this album, and her voice is as able and flexible as ever. However, almost all of the material with which she has to work -- several stylistic angles are taken with the likes of Danielle Brisebois (Natasha Bedingfield, Kelly Clarkson) Greg Kurstin (Lily Allen, Nelly Furtado), J.R.
Makes sense that after 17 years, Donna Summer has finally recorded an album of new material since her early disco diva work has been embraced by a new generation of fans. Unfortunately, no one seems to have told her that it’s her synth-driven Giorgio Moroder-produced 70s joints that the kids are excited about. Instead of updating her classic sound, she’s tried to put together a straightforward urban pop R&B album and doesn’t quite pull it off.