From the Vault | Crystal Lewis: See

 I Just Don’t “See” It

[Originally posted on Amazon.com, June 7, 2005]

Is it me, or does Crystal Lewis sound whinier ever than before? I was a true Crystal Lewis fan when I heard her song “Beauty of the Cross.” I fell in love with her then soulful voice. Beauty for Ashes and Gold are both great albums. Fearless, in my opinion, was not as good, but she still had some good songs like “Reach Out,” “Only Fools,” and “One Man,” and “Change My Heart.”

But See is seriously marred by poor lyrics, poor production, and poor vocals. What I once regarded as soulful singing has now degenerated into a whining mess of a voice.

What happened to the Crystal I once knew and loved? I mean, it sounded like she was trying to save $ or something.

For goodness sakes, stop writing your own songs! Hire some good writers, get some good live musicians to replace the horrible synthesizers/drum machines, and hire some strong back-up singers for fuller, richer vocals. “My Emmanuel” is a very good song. I’ll give her that. But See just really isn’t her best.

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