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Crystal Clear
     

Crystal Clear

4.9 13
by Jaci Velasquez
 

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At 20, Jaci Velasquez is already a Christian-music veteran, but she truly comes into her own on Crystal Clear, her third English-language album. Velasquez says she had more creative input on this project than anything she's done before, and it shows in the album's aura of confidence and creativity. With a memorable mix of Latin-flavored tunes, sensitive

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At 20, Jaci Velasquez is already a Christian-music veteran, but she truly comes into her own on Crystal Clear, her third English-language album. Velasquez says she had more creative input on this project than anything she's done before, and it shows in the album's aura of confidence and creativity. With a memorable mix of Latin-flavored tunes, sensitive power ballads, and upbeat dance numbers that Britney Spears would kill for, the aptly-titled Crystal Clear shows the singer to be firmly in control. Jaci's teen-pop roots get their due on the opening track "Escuchame (Listen to Me)," which Velasquez cowrote. On that track, she cautions her chart-topping peers that happiness lies with God, not chart position and SoundScan numbers. "I've been there before," she sings. "Let me save you some pain -- Baby, don't make the same mistakes." It's a strong message wrapped in a sassy Latin-pop rhythm, but its power comes from the fact that Velasquez knows of what she sings. While such tender ballads as the lovely "Come As You Are" (a duet with Latin star Louis Fonsi) show Velasquez's more emotional side, Crystal Clear noteworthiness lies in its emotional strength and musical maturity.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
It may be unfair to call Hispanic contemporary Christian music singer Jaci Velasquez CCM's answer to Christina Aguilera, since she got her start well before such secular competitors. But on her fourth album, Velasquez adopts many of the vocal and musical mannerisms of teen pop's Latin side. In the video interviews on the disc's CD-Rom portion, Velasquez notes that she encountered criticism in the Christian community, who charged she was abandoning CCM with her last album, the Spanish-language release Llegar a Ti. She says Crystal Clear's title track makes her religious commitment plain, but like several other songs on the album, the song can be interpreted as a woman's declaration of love to a lover rather than one of faith in God. Though she tosses in the word "Lord" on some songs, Velasquez usually employs the terminology of romantic love rather than religious faith. "There's a union of two becoming one/Deep inside my heart," she sings in "Adore"; such intimacies suggest a highly idealized boyfriend rather than a merciful savior, no matter how many pronouns are capitalized on the lyric sheet. While Velasquez convincingly imitates Britney Spears-style groans, as the album progresses, she and her producers don't maintain the teen pop sound. Eventually, she begins to sound a lot like the artist who is no doubt her real model, the young Amy Grant. It's no surprise after listening to "Come As You Are," a duet with Louis Fansi, to read the credit "vocals produced by Brown Bannister", Grant's early mentor. Four albums on, Jaci Velasquez still seems to be searching for a style of her own.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/05/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646107324
catalogNumber:
61073

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Performance Credits

Jaci Velasquez   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Betty Wright   Background Vocals
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Javier Solís   Percussion
Lisa Bevill   Background Vocals
George Cocchini   Guitar
David Davidson   Strings
Carl Gorodetzky   Strings
Chris Harris   Background Vocals
Mark Heimermann   Background Vocals,Sounds
Lester Mendez   Keyboards
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Wendy Pedersen   Background Vocals
Rudy Pérez   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Mark Portmann   Keyboards
Carl Ramsey   Background Vocals
Margaret Reynolds   Background Vocals
Ramon Stagnaro   Guitar
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Jackie Street   Bass
Scott Williamson   Drums
Perry Heimermann   Background Vocals
Peyton Heimermann   Background Vocals
Robert Lopez   Horn
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar
Lisa Cochran   Background Vocals
Michael Tait   Background Vocals
Luis Fonsi   Background Vocals
Edward Benitez   Horn
Geronimo Enriquez   Horn
Jonathon Fuzessy   Background Vocals
Abel Orta   Background Vocals
Yvonne Solis   Background Vocals
Randall Thornton   Conductor
Chris Rodriquez   Guitar

Technical Credits

Brown Bannister   Vocal Producer
Brent Bourgeois   Vocal Producer
Steve Bishir   Engineer
Chris Harris   Vocal Producer
Mark Heimermann   Sound Effects,Producer
Tom Howard   String Arrangements
Tom Laune   Engineer
Carl Marsh   String Arrangements
Lester Mendez   Programming
Rudy Pérez   Arranger,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Mark Portmann   Arranger,Programming
Todd Robbins   Engineer,overdub engineer,Pro-Tools
David Schober   Engineer
Bruce Weeden   Engineer
Joel Numa   Engineer
Loren Balman   Vocal Producer
Chuck Hargett   Art Direction
Judith Volz   Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Luis Fonsi   Duet
Elisa Elder   Executive Producer
Geronimo Enriquez   Horn Arrangements

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Crystal Clear 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jaci Velasquez has a beautiful voice and is a very talented singer! I haven't got this CD yet, but I'm hoping to soon! I've heard previews of some songs on it and they are awesome! God has given her a precious gift! Keep it up Jaci!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jaci Velasquez has been one of my favorite teen Contemporary Christian singers since the first time I heard her Heavenly Place CD last year! I recently got the new CD ''Crystal Clear'' and am enjoying it so much! She has been blessed with such talent!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am only 11 but i am a competitive dancers and i am doing a lyrical solo to that song ''ADORE'' before i started my solo in september i thaught nobody even knew that song but now whe i read all these reviews i feel very good. This song helps me let out my feelings for god and dance while i am dancing!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first CD from Jaci Valesquez that I have purchased, and I just love it! She has a great voice, catchy tunes, and a genuine love for Jesus. If you haven't listened to this CD, you're missing out! :-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jaci is the most talnted singer of our time!!! Her voice is spectacular, her melodies bring the house down and her words are awesome! Her songs make the ungodly listen and the christian rejoice!!! I hope she never stops recording!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Why do critics always say that Jaci still hasn't found her own style? She has,it's just a varied style. It's pop,dance,& latin-why do artists always have to stick to one genre of music? Jaci has to represent a variety of styles,especially her latin style.Kudos to her for being herself-an original.When I have my own records,I will have my own eclectic mix of alternative rock,pop,dance,salsa,cumbia and ranchera.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When the holy spirit "inhabits our praise" we are close to his love and fellowship with him. So lets sing along with Jaci and give praise and honor to our Lord Jesus Christ.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love jaci. my dad bought this for me, and i always listen to her now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
GO JACI! I LOVE THIS CD. EVERY SINGLE CUT IS MARVELOUS.POWERFUL TO TENDER VOCALS TOUCHED MY HEART. FROM UPBEAT TUNES THAT MAKE YOU DANCE TO ONES THAT MAKE YOU PULL YOUR CAR OVER TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD TO CRY- THIS ONE IS A KEEPER. ON THE SONG ''ADORE'' JACI SINGS ''ADORE, ADORE, ADORE, JESUS I ADORE YOU AND I LAY MY LIFE BEFORE YOU OH LORD.'' THIS IS BEAUTIFUL. HOW COULD WILLIAM RUHLMANN OF ALL MUSIC GUIDE POSSIBLY THINK SHE WAS SINGING OF AN ''IDEALIZED BOYFRIEND''? HELLO-DID YOU LISTEN TO THE CD MR. RULMANN?AND SHE SOUNDS NOTHING LIKE AMY GRANT. I LOVE THE WORK OF BOTH ARTISTS. JACI IS DEFINITELY AN ORIGINAL WITH A HEART FOR THE ONE WHO HAS BLESSED HER TO SING PRAISES TO HIS NAME!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW................thats all i half to say! Jaci, you are a great singer and a you have a gorgeous voice. God gave you a precious gift and you use it well!!! kEEP DOING YOUR THANG!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard about Jaci from a friend. We don't have to much in common, except for loving Jaci's cds! I can't help myself from getting up and dancing! Escuchame, You're not there and He's my sovior ROCK!!!! I hope Jaci never stops recording!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Jaci's music is a blessing for me and to all of my family, God bless you and keep it up, all of my friends from church choose you as number one singer,I hope I meet you some day Love ya!