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Memphis Blues

June 21, 2010

Lately, Cyndi Lauper is many things: American Idol guest, Lady Gaga sidekick, relevant again. So it's the perfect time for her to make . . . classic blues covers? Memphis Blues is a curveball, but that's its charm. It's fun to hear Lauper go all badass...

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Bring Ya to the Brink

May 29, 2008

Since 1983, when Cyndi Lauper and Madonna both dropped debut albums and fought for the leg-warmer love of the burgeoning MTV nation, there hasn't been much reason to compare the two pop stars. Yet here they both are 25 years later, returning to the same...

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At Last

December 2, 2003

The great curse of Cyndi Lauper's Eighties breakthrough was that her excellent voice was always overshadowed by her highly eccentric fashion sense. This all-covers album spotlights Lauper the lounge chanteuse, alternately dignified and bombastic. Ironically,...

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Hat Full Of Stars

September 2, 1993

Nearly 10 years ago, Cyndi Lauper broke new ground as a zestful, zany pop diva with her hit-packed debut, She's So Unusual. Now, with her fourth — and most ambitious — album, Hat Full of Stars, a more serious Lauper has returned with a fresh...

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True Colors

September 25, 1986
Not Rated

True Colors, Cyndi Lauper's second album, doesn't sound much like her megaplatinum She's So Unusual — and good for her. Lauper's out-of-nowhere 1983 solo debut was an eminently listenable, often brave, frankly subversive work that stood pop convèntion...

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The Body Acoustic

November 3, 2005

Many rockers lose their fire and much of their vocal range while journeying through middle age. But the ever-unusual Cyndi Lauper now sings with more power, more nuance and with more notes at her disposal than she had at her mid-Eighties popularity peak....

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The Essential Cyndi Lauper

June 6, 2003

A greatest-hits collection that lives up to its title: lots of the fun mid-Eighties stuff, not much else back in 1984, most people handicapping downtown New York's new divas picked Madonna as the flash in the pan and Cyndi Lauper as the future superstar....

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A Night To Remember

June 15, 1989

Fans may complain about some of Cyndi Lauper's public gestures — what was she doing hanging around with those pro-wrestling cretins? — but her voice has never let anyone down. A Night to Remember, Lauper's third solo album, has its hits and...

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She's So Unusual

January 19, 1984

Brooklyn-bred Cyndi Lauper sounds like no other singer on the current scene. She may be the finest female junk-rock vocalist since the heyday of the great Maureen Gray, more than twenty years ago. Like Gray, a black Philadelphian who had a string of local...