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Saturday, June 21, 2008

CD Review: Donna Summer

Call it a roller-coaster career: Few artists have risen to such great heights then dropped so tremendously as dance diva Donna Summer. In the late 1970s she was producing topnotch, genre-defining disco such as 1977's opus "I Feel Love" in Munich with music production legends Pete Bellotte and Giorgio Moroder. But by 2000 she'd been reduced to singing the theme from that Pokemon movie. Ouch. Between that, she's released some fairly dodgy pop (the bloodcurdling "She Works Hard for the Money"), some catchy fluff (the Stock-Aitken-Waterman gem "This Time I Know It's for Real") and rare flashes of brilliance ("State of Independence"). A most disjointed career, to say the least.

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