Picks and Pans Review: Donna Summer

UPDATED 05/26/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/26/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT

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On "The Queen Is Back," a titular nod to her disco reign, Donna Summer announces her return to the music scene with her first album of new material since 1991. But the song, with a booming hip-hop beat that pumps up the bombast, makes clear that we're not in MacArthur Park anymore. In an attempt to update her style, Summer, 59, throws the whole box of Crayolas at Crayons, drawing from reggae and rock, blues and folk, Latin and African sounds. All this coloring outside the lines, though, produces uneven results.
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