February 25, 2020

Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual (1983) ☠

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Pop
Label Number: RK 38930
☠: Selected by Lass
© 1983 Portrait
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
One of the great new wave/early MTV records, She's So Unusual is a giddy mix of self-confidence, effervescent popcraft, unabashed sentimentality, subversiveness, and clever humor. In short, it's a multifaceted portrait of a multifaceted talent, an artist that's far more clever than her thin, deliberately girly voice would indicate. Then again, Lauper's voice suits her musical persona, since its chirpiness adds depth, or reconfigures the songs, whether it's the call to arms of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" or the tearjerking "Time After Time." Lauper is at her very best on the first side, all of which were singles or received airplay, and this collection of songs -- "Money Changes Everything," "Girls," "When You Were Mine," "Time," "She Bop," "All Through the Night" -- is astonishing in its consistency, so strong that it makes the remaining tracks -- all enjoyable, but rather pedestrian -- charming by their association with songs so brilliantly alive. If Lauper couldn't maintain this level of consistency, it's because this captured her persona better than anyone could imagine -- when a debut captures a personality so well, let alone a personality so tied to its time, the successive work can't help but pale in comparison. Still, when it's captured as brightly and brilliantly as it is here, it does result in a debut that retains its potency, long after its production seems a little dated.

*About this release: This is a repress of the original 1983 release. The catalogue/label no. is RK 38930, the same as the original 1983 pressing. Despite the fact that both the disc and the inlay shows the original 10 track listing, this CD differs in that it actually contains 9 tracks total. The original 45 second track "He's So Unusual" has been merged with "Yeah Yeah" as track 9. This CD features the original audio mastering from the 1983 CD release. A photo of the disc is included in the RAR file.

tags: cyndi lauper, shes so unusual, 1983, flac,

1 comment:

  1. thank you lass! this sounds much better than the 2000 remastered version 🙂


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