12 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Eleven years since her last album of original studio material, Cyndi Lauper’s 2008 release Bring Ya To the Brink shifts to the dancefloor. Her voice has always been a natural force, able to stretch elastically over notes, and her team-ups here with outside producers and writers use that talent wisely. “Same Ol’ Story” is pure soul diva. “Lay Me Down,” produced with Kleerup who’s most notably worked with Swedish pop star Robyn, charges at seductive strength, as does a worthy collaboration with the London electro-pop group Dragonette for “Grab A Hold.” Remix expert Scumfrog co-wrote the club-strutting opener “High and Mighty,” and Lauper sells herself as a partying extrovert for the Euro-disco grooves of “Into the Nightlife” (that receives an extra commercial push from noted song doctor Max Martin who’s worked similar wonders for Britney Spears and Kelly Clarkson). But while Lauper can indulge and experiment with the best of them, she sounds most comfortable in the familiar surroundings of the album’s closer “Rain On Me,” where she recalls the winsome longing of her classic “Time After Time” and the long-gone era it represents.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Eleven years since her last album of original studio material, Cyndi Lauper’s 2008 release Bring Ya To the Brink shifts to the dancefloor. Her voice has always been a natural force, able to stretch elastically over notes, and her team-ups here with outside producers and writers use that talent wisely. “Same Ol’ Story” is pure soul diva. “Lay Me Down,” produced with Kleerup who’s most notably worked with Swedish pop star Robyn, charges at seductive strength, as does a worthy collaboration with the London electro-pop group Dragonette for “Grab A Hold.” Remix expert Scumfrog co-wrote the club-strutting opener “High and Mighty,” and Lauper sells herself as a partying extrovert for the Euro-disco grooves of “Into the Nightlife” (that receives an extra commercial push from noted song doctor Max Martin who’s worked similar wonders for Britney Spears and Kelly Clarkson). But while Lauper can indulge and experiment with the best of them, she sounds most comfortable in the familiar surroundings of the album’s closer “Rain On Me,” where she recalls the winsome longing of her classic “Time After Time” and the long-gone era it represents.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Qmpls ,

She does it!

After all the anticipointment from this year's releases by Madonna, Janet, Kylie and others, Cyndi has delivered an album full of great dance tracks and groovy/foxy/thumpy/soul-filled anthems for the summer! I wasn't going to get tickets to the True Colors tour, but now I guess I really need to.

Shivaqwnice69 ,

What an Album from a Re-Invented Diva

This entire album is a "must have" for the club music collector. Awesome beats and vocals. What an outstanding collaboration of talent and experience. My Favorite song is "Echo" .. Listen to the sample and see why. Least Favoite is "Lyfe" -- just not into Cyndi trying to rap. However, it does not take away from the rest of the albums Dance Floor/Mirrorball sounds. Great COMEBACK .. even better than Madonna's new album "Hard Candy".

Amity War ,

Five Stars!

Excellent! Only I wish they had the bonus track on here so I could get the song Can't Breathe—a beautiful song, like many of her other songs.

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