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Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual RIAA Certified Multi-Platinum! Click here to see this CD at Amazon.com!

By Beth Bessmer

If Cyndi Lauper's She's So Unusual evokes memories dominated mostly by her cartoonish image, then try to get over it so you can pay attention to the music. Simply, Cyndi Lauper has a wonderful, emotive voice. Her vocals have an impish quality, but there's also tremendous strength, articulation, and nuance. Who would disagree that "Time After Time" (later covered by both Everything but the Girl and Miles Davis, if you need further proof of her credibility) is as heartstring-tugging as "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" is frivolous, or that "All Through the Night" is as longing as "She-Bop" is intense? The instrumental arrangements are quite inventive and rich, and although the musicality is pointedly '80s, the album sounds more winsome than dated. The title of Lauper's debut isn't self-deprecating or even self-parodying; it's self-congratulatory. Listen to it again, and you'll find this pleasure to be far from guilty.

Tracks
1. Money Changes Everything8. I'll Kiss You
2. Girls Just Want to Have Fun9. He's So Unusual
3. When You Were Mine10. Yeah Yeah
4. Time After Time11. Money Changes Everything [Live] [*] [From The Portrait Promotional 12-i
5. She Bop12. She Bop [Live][*]
6. All Through the Night13. All Through the Night [Live][#][*]
7. Witness

 

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" Quite simply, this album produced at least two undisputable classics: Time after Time and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. However, those songs are not the limit of this albums musical worth. Cyndi Lauper's rather incredible voice and that maturity of the music (especially for a debut album) were, unfortunately, easily ignored in favour of her flamboyant thrift store style and wild hair. This is not to say she shouldn't have had the style. Contrarily, anything less than waht Cyndi lauper was would be a betrayl of the music. This album proves to be, in the end, a test of the maturity of the music audience. A test to see whether thay were big enough to see past the crazy makeup and truly listen to this incredible discovery of talent and music that, even with dated sounds, was way ahead of its time."

--Funtuppet

"Here's another album that I could put on the "soundtrack" of my junior high school days. "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" a truly memorable song, love it or hate it. I guess one of the big things about this album along the other big albums of the early decade is that they, for the most part tied in to the then new concept of music video. Who can listen to this album without seeing in their mind the video to Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. Personally for me, I would put IT in the top five of the early part of the "video decade" in this particular order:
1."Thriller"
2."You Might Think" by the Cars
3."Rock It" by Herbie Hancock
4."We're Not Gonna Take it" by Twisted Sister
and Lauper's Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."

--Rick1970

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MUSICAL NOTES

Artist: Cyndi Lauper

Released: October 8, 1983

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Platinum (6)


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