Crystal's first release since 'Holy, Holy, Holy' in 2002 is 'SEE', a collection of all new original songs. Co-produced by Crystal and Jyro Xhan, 'SEE ', is a record that brings Crystal back to her roots, a little R&B, and a little Pop, with a voice only Crystal can provide.
Record Label Metro One Rec
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.6" Width: 5.68" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.21 lbs.
Release Date May 3, 2005
Publisher WORD INC. (MUSIC) #38
ISBN 0012337641 EAN 0074948820921 UPC 074948820921
This album is for people who want to see God's face. Not for easy listeners. Only for true worshipers.
Mediocre Oct 28, 2005
"Just Sing" is the best song. The other songs are all slow and uneventful- very helpful if you're having trouble getting to sleep. I'm a big fan of Crystal, but I was disappointed in this after waiting so long for it. The biggest problem with the whole cd, including the song I like, is that she doesn't use those powerful vocals I love so much. Too much of this whispery stuff like she did on the Holy, Holy, Holy cd. If you want to hear her let loose and blow you away with her powerful vocals, you ain't gonna get that at all with this cd.
See is different 4 her Sep 24, 2005
I fell in love with the first track "So Happy " was best track and the 4th track "Image of God" are the best and should be released as singles to give the CD a boost of airplay which I have only heard one track on the radio. It had to grow on my I must admit because it was VERY different from her. Although she holds and maintains her R&B flavor with a touch of rock. GOLD, Fearless, Beauty 4 Ashes was Crystal at her best. If you are a fan it will grow but a first time fan might not understand the deepest of this album and can enjoy how Crystal has grown and mature as an Christian Artist. Vocally I have heard Crystal do some amazing thing on this CD she is definitely not flexing her vocal ability....I look forward to the next CD. Buy it anyway it will grow on you for those who are mature Christians
Lewis "See(s)" A Greater Divine Picture Jun 22, 2005
Prime Cuts: My Emmanuel, Never Alone, Learn to Fly
Unlike most Contemporary Christian artist, the sound of Crystal Lewis embodies no bounds. This Californian native has the uncanny ability to synthesize pop, rock, r&b funk and dance into an amalgam state-of-the-art sound that is distinctive and awe-inspiring. Celebrating 20 years in the music industry and five years after her brief foray into hip hop on the misstep "Fearless," "See" is the first album of all new material. Propitiously, "See" picks up where her previous classics such as "Gold" and "Beauty For Ashes" have left off. However, Lewis has also filtered the more successful elements from her "Fearless" CD and impinged upon them to great effect on this new disc. This includes handing the production chores to Jyro Xhan; Xhan has left his deft ambient/electronic touch that is rejuvenating without being overbearing. Further, with the overarching theme of how Christ enables us to see both physically and spiritually life in its abundance, "See" is a thematically focused album.
For admirers of Lewis' melismatic vocals the power ballad "Never Alone" is indeed this album's highlight. On this self-penned ballad Lewis soars to great outbursts of trust in the omnipotence of God making this truly one of those heart-warming moments. Lewis' performance here truly is par excellence. More understated is the r&b old school ballad "Think About It." With a throwback melodic riff to the 70s soul, "Think About It" grooves along effortlessly with a message of sanctifying our thoughts that is such an indispensable message today. Ranking loftily with some of her classic ballads such as "For Such a Time as This" and "Only Fools," "My Emmanuel" celebrates the presence of God that is lyrically poignant and melodically superior. Long after the song is over, the comforting refrain "God is watching me" still rings with an affecting assurance. This is indeed music that matters.
On the uptempo side, the album opener "So Happy" has a driving melody propelled by some funky guitars. Emitting an exuberant joy that can only come from a regenerated heart, "Just Sing" finds a Lewis animating the truth of this tune's lyrics about not worrying vocally in spades. Corollary to "Just Sing," is the popish "Learn to Fly" that has framed the message of Christian liberty with an extremely catchy pop tune. Given the right promotion, this could be monumental hit for this former Dove Award winner.
However, there are a few tarnishes on an otherwise lustrous project. Xhan's dance-oriented "YTT (Yesterday Today and Tomorrow)" is on the mundane side; ditto to "Get Up" too. Also, with only a mere 10 tracks, Lewis could have included a couple more ballads. Nevertheless, "See" finds Lewis back in great form. And more importantly, these tunes will definitely challenge us to "see" the sovereignty of God in greater sublimity and amenity.
Another risk worth taking from Crystal Lewis Jun 20, 2005
Yet again Crystal Lewis takes a risk on this completely new album.For those who have known Crystal for a while,it might seem like Crystal's voice is changing,to what you could describe,as a more "pop" voice.So if you're into Crystal's voice as it was on Beauty for Ashes,Gold and her earlier records,you may find some songs on this cd,not up to your standards.
Crystal wrote and co-wrote most of the songs on this cd,which gives it a different feel.Previously most of the songs were written or co-written by her husband,Brian Ray.On this cd he just wrote "My Emmanuel",which to me,is one of the best songs on the cd,both musically and lyrically.
My favorite songs on the cd are:"Just Sing","Think About It" and "Beautiful Saviour".All written by Crystal.Pretty much the feel of the songs on the cd is an inspiring,uplifting message.It's a prefect cd for someone thats going through a hard time in their life,because it reminds you that no matter the circumstances,if you just look beyond your trial,beyond your troubles,you will be able to see that God is right there,watching over you.If you fall,he's right there to help you get back up,because he loves you.Everyone can relate to at least 1 or 2 songs in their current relationship with God.This cd has some of the most beautiful lyrics so far.
I believe with this record they were trying to go for something that the radio stations would play,but still giving it that "something else" Crystal is known for.She's experimenting with her voice and range,which is what makes the cd "her's".
I think the record could've been a bit better if Brian Ray had at least co-produced it.As a cd itself the artwork and album layout are great.Everything fits perfectly.And Crystal even left a little message in it that kind of explains the meaning behind the title,which is pretty cool and inspiring.
It's truly like nothing you've ever heard before.Crystal's voice mixed with Jyro Xan's music is a pretty good match.
One saying that completely describes this record: "The message remains,but the music redifines the boundaries of christian music"