ARTIST                         :        CYNDI LAUPER

GENRE                        :        POP

DATE RELEASED         :        2005


There is no doubt that Cyndi Lauper is one of the most gifted but underrated and unappreciated songwriters.  Her body of work produced many cover version performed by other gifted artists as well like Phil Collins who covered “True  Colors,”  Celine Dion with “I Drove All Night,” and Sussana Hoffs of The Bangles who did her own version of  “Unconditional Love.”  However, as time went on, her original output were scarce and fans had to rely on compilations for new recordings like this one.

Listen to “Money Changes Everything” here

In this album, she reworked some of her body of works and inserted two new tracks.  There is a mixed reaction after you listen to the whole album.  While the two new tracks “Above The Clouds” featuring Jeff Beck and “I’ll Be Your River” with Vivian Green were ethereal, not all songs in here were successful in terms of reworking.  “She Bop” for example is a track that should remain as it was and doing it acoustically is just not right and definitely not good to listen to.  The same thing can be said with “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.”  By rearranging it to sound like a polka beat is just mortal sin for her loyal fans.

Listen to “She Bop” here

In addition, her collaborations in this album had mixed results too.  Sarah Mclachlan is just perfect collaborator in “Time After Time,” Shaggy on the other hand just messed up the acoustic reworking of “All Through The Night.”  His reggae insertions did not just work perfectly.

“Watch live performance of “Time After Time” here

But, despite these misses, there is still a certain charm left in this album.  It is still a satisfactory reworking of her songs.  With that, I rate this record 3 stars out of five stars.

Ratings Description:

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


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