Don't Touch Me There

Don't Touch Me There

by Crystal Bernard


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Okay, the real test on this one is whether ex-Wings star Crystal Bernard can bring the title track across in a manner that demands seriousness instead of obvious chuckles. The surprise is that it is actually a haunting, breathtaking ballad concerning an abused woman who is standing up for herself for the first time. Bernard has done a greater deal of writing on Don't Touch Me There, her sophomore album, and has improved in nearly every way over her first album, Girl Next Door. It is nearly impossible not to take to Bernard's gentle but assured voice, though up until now she hasn't had such strong material to work with. "Something to Go On" reveals that, although she has country roots, her pop is impeccable. In fact, it should be noted that Bernard walks a fine line between country and pop, and therefore the album will appeal to fans of both. There is a lot of past love reminiscing and there is no sparing the agony of abandonment and regret. Whether saying goodbye to her non-communicative lover on "Hey" (a beautiful opener) or listening to an elderly Hollywood star speak her last words on "Gardenia," she is bringing together memorable music that tells stories and brings us through twisted emotions and shattered love lives before closing to a duet with father Jerry Bernard on the Jesus praising "If You Need a Touch." The gospel song (despite her father's living as a minister) is one of the bravest feats a popular artist has accomplished in recent years. Making an outright call to the son of God for help on an otherwise worldly album would be enough to turn many nonbelievers in the other direction. But the song is earned, not only because of how good it is, but because the rest of Don't Touch Me There is so brutally honest and endearing.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/02/1999
Label: Platinum Ent.
UPC: 0751416140322
catalogNumber: 161403

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Crystal Bernard   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Billy Dean   Track Performer
Duke Levine   Electric Guitar
John Catchings   Cello
Helen Chappelle   Cello
David Davidson   Violin
Kim Fleming   Background Vocals
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Anthony LaMarchina   Cello
Terry Phillips   Choir, Chorus
Brent Rowan   Electric Guitar
Steuart Smith   Electric Guitar
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
David Rhyne   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Mandolin,Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Rick Blackwell   Bass
Tim Cashion   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jerry Bernard   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Stewart Lerman   Engineer
Chris Rival   Engineer
Conrad Hunter   Engineer
Crystal Bernard   Producer,Engineer
David Rhyne   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Jake Hunter   Engineer
Don Rice   Engineer
John Hurley   Engineer

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