Musicality – Donna Summer, Thelma Houston & Janitor

Donna Summer
Love to Love You Donna
(The Verve Music Group)
Revisited classics can often be cheesy and poorly done. Thankfully, this album isn’t an example of that problem. Instead, it’s a nice tribute to Donna Summer, who passed away in 2012. The remixes of her songs are colorfully done and fun to listen to. The classics are my favorites on this album. The nostalgia is still there, even though they are different from their original versions, — modernized and electronica-tinged. “Hot Stuff (Frankie Knuckles and Eric Kupper as Director’s Cut Signature Mix)” had me dancing around my living room like an idiot. A happy one. I prefer the original “On the Radio” because, well, let’s be honest, it’s a hard one to top, but I still enjoy the fresh take that the Jacques Greene Remix offers. Another one of my favorites is the addictive “Bad Girls (Gigamesh Remix).” Any fans of Donna Summer need this CD because it’s a wonderful homage to a classic diva.
Thelma Houston & Janitor
Fortytwo — EP
I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I don’t have a lot of exposure to Thelma Houston besides her classic cover song “Don’t Leave Me This Way” which everyone knows if it happens to come on. So this was an interesting sort of introduction to her. I love it. The only negative thing I have to say is that I wanted more songs than the five that are on this CD. The first song, “Enemy,” instantly caught my attention. It’s slow, moody, soulful and intense — an instant favorite. Another one that caught me off-guard was “Colorblind,” because it’s incredibly uplifting and even has a touch of alternative to it. Be sure to check this album out. It’s available on iTunes.

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