Surprise

Surprise

by Crystal Waters
     
 

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In 1991, Crystal Waters made it clear that house music could be as socially aware as rap with her wildly infectious treasure "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)" -- a poigant and moving reflection on a homeless woman's struggle that makes its point without preaching. The nasal-voiced neo-disco/R&B diva doesn't have a great range, but proves that a vocalist doesn't need one

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In 1991, Crystal Waters made it clear that house music could be as socially aware as rap with her wildly infectious treasure "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)" -- a poigant and moving reflection on a homeless woman's struggle that makes its point without preaching. The nasal-voiced neo-disco/R&B diva doesn't have a great range, but proves that a vocalist doesn't need one in order to be expressive and convincing. While nothing else on Surprise is as outstanding as two mixes of "Gypsy Woman" -- clearly, the CD's greatest asset -- Waters has highly addictive and enjoyable house
eo-disco (neo by 1991 standards) fare in "Makin' Happy" and "Good Lovin'." Surprise's greatest weakness is an uneventful version of jazz saxophonist Wardell Gray's "Twisted." Embracing singer Annie Ross' zany lyrics to the bebop classic, Waters isn't terribly confident or assured. But in the dance and R&B realms, she showed much promise -- and lived up to it on her 1994 follow-up Storyteller.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/1994
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0042284889421
catalogNumber:
848894

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Crystal Waters   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Kim Waters   Saxophone
David Bach   Bass,Piano,Drums
Basement Boys   Percussion,Drums
Neal Conway   Organ,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Gary Hudgins   Keyboards,Vibes
Everett Jones   Vocals
Mark Harris   Piano

Technical Credits

Thomas Davis   Contributor
Basement Boys   Arranger,Producer
Bruce Carbone   Executive Producer
Gary Hudgins   String Arrangements
Jay Steinhour   Engineer
Chris Thompson   Art Direction
Teddy Douglas   Contributor

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