ALBUM TITLE : DETOUR
ARTIST : CYNDI LAUPER
GENRE : COUNTRY
DATE RELEASED : 2016
Yes, you read it right that the genre of this latest album from Cyndi Lauper titled DETOUR is country. It is indeed a detour if you haven’t listened to her “Memphis Blues,” “The Body Acoustic,” and “At Last”that she can tackle different kinds of musical genre. However, music fans have always categorized her as pop, rock, and even dance and it is hard to imagine that she would go country in this album.
Watch “Funnel of Love” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QetLDJRDVq0
Well, considering the musical path of senior singers over the years, you can say that she did followed some musical greats who tackled country when they older. Maybe, it is a safer path for them creatively or just too easy for them to produce a country album. You can say, that if this is the kind of albumt that you want Madonna to produce in order to act according to her age, it is better to let the Queen of Pop do her own thing. The thing is that Cyndi was not so successful in this career detour of hers.
Watch live performance of “Heartache by The Number” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGYDYQN4KW4&spfreload=10
Country music has evolved over the years and somehow it is quite difficult to differentiate the thin line dividing pop music and country when country artists and their songs crossover to pop. In this case, Cyndi Lauper decided to go traditional country music instead of doing what “Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, and other popular female country artists. If you are not familiar with what Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton performed years ago, you will find it difficult to swallow Ms Lauper’s songs in this album.
The good thing is that Cyndi’s vocals complements the country vibe and her duets with some of country’s greats were alright if not tolerable. With songs like “Detour” and ‘You’re the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly” make the album quite fun to listen to. It is with songs “Misty Blue” and “The End of The World” that you will surely miss the Cyndi Lauper of “Time After Time”and “True Colors.” In “Nightlife” with Willie Nelson and “Hard Candy Christmas” make you want to file a petition with Change.org to urge Cyndi Lauper to stay away from country and go back to pop/rock.
Yes, there is country but so little bit of rock and roll in this latest album from Cyndi Lauper. With that, I think this album deserve 2.5 stars out of 5 stars.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it