Storyteller (Crystal Waters album)

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Storyteller
Crystal Waters - Storyteller cover.png
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 17, 1994
Recorded1993–1994
StudioBasement Boys Studios
(Baltimore, Maryland)
Genre
Length48:44
LabelMercury
Producer
Crystal Waters chronology
Surprise
(1991)
Storyteller
(1994)
Crystal Waters
(1997)
Singles from Storyteller
  1. "100% Pure Love"
    Released: May 10, 1994
  2. "Ghetto Day/What I Need"
    Released: June 1994
  3. "Relax"
    Released: March 1, 1995

Storyteller is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Crystal Waters, released on May 17, 1994 by Mercury Records. The album peaked at number 199 on the US Billboard 200, number 73 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and number 8 on the Top Heatseekers chart. Four singles were released from the album: "What I Need", "Relax", "Ghetto Day", and the hit, "100% Pure Love". "Ghetto Day" samples The 5th Dimension's 1968 hit "Stoned Soul Picnic".

Storyteller sold 284,000 copies and was certified gold in the United States.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
The Advocate(positive)[8]
Billboard(positive)[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[4]
Los Angeles Times3/5 stars[5]
Robert Christgau(neither)[6]
Spin(positive)[7]

Upon release, the album received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics. It won Vibe's 1994 Music Poll for Best Club/Dance Album.[9]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."100% Pure Love"
  • Crystal Waters
  • Tommy Davis
  • Theodore Douglas
  • Jay Steinhour
The Basement Boys4:38
2."Ghetto Day"
  • Waters
  • Sean Spencer
The Basement Boys3:32
3."Regardless"
  • Waters
  • Greg Smith
Smith3:37
4."I Believe I Love You"
  • Waters
  • Smith
Smith3:42
5."Relax"
  • Waters
  • David Anthony
Anthony3:29
6."What I Need"
The Basement Boys4:44
7."Storyteller"
  • Waters
  • Neal Conway
  • Sean Spencer
The Basement Boys4:41
8."Is It for Me"
  • Waters
  • David Bach
  • George Mitchell
  • John Selway
The Basement Boys4:22
9."Listen for My Beep"
  • Waters
  • Patrick Harvey
3:59
10."Daddy Do"
  • Al Mack
  • Waters
The Basement Boys6:12
11."Lover Lay Low"
The Basement Boys5:48

Personnel[edit]

Personnel
  • Drums, percussion – Teddy Douglass, Maurice Fulton, Richard Payton, Doug Smith, Sean Spencer, Jay Steinhour
  • Drum programming – Maurice Fulton, Sean Spencer
  • Guitars – Wayne Cooper
  • Keyboards and programming – David Anthony, Hoza Clowney, Neal Conway, Charles Dockins, Maurice Fulton, Mark Harris, Richard Payton, Fruity Roberts, Doug Smith
  • Vibraphone – David Bach
  • Saxophone – Greg Thomas (also scatting)
  • Horns – Greg Boyer, Benny Cowan
  • Multi-instruments – Eric Kupper
  • Backing vocals – Katreese Barnes, Kenny Hicks, Adrianne McDonald, Antionette Robertson, Novelair Thomas, Audrey Wheeler

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paoletta, Michael (2004-05-01) "Where Have All The Divas Gone?" Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) Retrieved 2011-03-16.
  2. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Storyteller - Crystal Waters : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-28.
  3. ^ Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 29. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 2017-02-03.
  4. ^ "Storyteller Review | News Reviews and News". EW.com. 1994-05-20. Retrieved 2013-03-28.
  5. ^ Ernest Hardy (1994-05-22). "CRYSTAL WATERS, "Storyteller"; Mercury". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-07-19.
  6. ^ "Crystal Waters". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2015-07-19.
  7. ^ SPIN. SPIN Media LLC. p. 99. ISSN 0886-3032. Retrieved 2017-02-03.
  8. ^ The Advocate. Here Publishing. p. 81. ISSN 0001-8996. Retrieved 2017-02-03.
  9. ^ Vibe. Vibe Media Group. p. 44. ISSN 1070-4701. Retrieved 2017-02-03.