Donna Summer

Donna Summer - Donna Summer
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Based on 14 ratings
1982 Ratings: #209
July 19, 1982 / Release Date
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I absolutely love this album, it's very different from the rest of her discography with the incorporation of R&B and funk. Her voice fits the album's sound like a glove. What I really like about this record is that she experiments with numerous sounds (Funk - Love is in Control. R&B - The Woman in Me. Rock - Protection. Jazz - Lush Life).

Highlights: Love is in Control (Finger on the Trigger), (If It) Hurts Just a Little and State of Independence.


I think self-titled albums are reserved for either your debut or an album that synthesizes who you are as an artist. That's not the case here. As Donna herself said, this feels more like a Quincy Jones album as her vocals surf through his tracks. It's an album that lacks vision and, thus, cohesion and consistency. Still, it's packed with a good amount of decent and good tracks, the hi light clearly being "The Woman In Me". It's a fun and joyful album with not much behind it.


I only really liked Protection and Lush Life, the rest is either boring or mediocre

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Track List

  1. Love Is In Control (Finger On the Trigger)
  2. Mystery of Love
  3. The Woman In Me
  4. State of Independence
  5. Livin’ In America
  6. Protection
  7. (If It) Hurts Just a Little
  8. Love Is Just a Breath Away
  9. Lush Life
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Added on: February 18, 2018