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Album Review

There were a few years in the mid-'80s when one couldn't go out for a cup of coffee without encountering Cyndi Lauper in one form or another. Her videos were playing constantly on MTV, her music was everywhere on the radio, and, best of all, children were even dressing up as Cyndi for Halloween. In retrospect, it was a Lauper-ish time but it was all over quite quickly; in fact, the period in the ultra-limelight didn't even span the period covered by two album releases, which means that this follow-up to her smash debut album was relegated to the also-ran pile, with sad results such as only one sort-of hit single (the title track) and nobody apparently interested in imitating the skirt she wore on the back cover photo, which seems like it is made of slashed-up concert posters. Kind of a shame since so much love and attention went into this album. Guest stars and high-dollar session musicians abound, including other '80s icons such as the Bangles and the manic Pee Wee Herman, who provides a great little answering-machine bit at the end of "911." Lauper is a fantastic vocalist, meaning that any record producer worth hiring would be happy to dream up endless settings for her. This album is nothing if not ambitious, and some of the stretches really pay off, such as the ultimately endearing cover of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On." Other aspects date badly. For example, highly reverberated and artificial sounding drums and keyboards were really popular at the time, but a vocalist with a clear voice such as Lauper sounds much better in the context of real instruments with their warmer sounds. When it comes to tunes such as the nice Cajun number "The Faraway Nearby," drums should have been turned way down and other instrumental colors brought up. Despite these sorts of problems, there really wasn't that much music recorded by this artist during her most popular period, so fans will no doubt want to own it all.

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So...although "True Colors" hit number one, it was only a "sort-of hit?" And although "Change of Heart" was a top ten hit and "What's Going On" made it into the top twenty, they weren't hits? Someone at iTunes has a very narrow definition of what a "hit" is. True, this album wasn't as groundbreaking or successful as She's So Unusual, but it's still a fine album with some great songs. It shouldn't be dismissed so casually.

Beautiful like a rainbow

This album takes me back to Elemantary school my Second grade year 1986 I had my first boy crush on this beautiful latino boy named Rafael who disappeared off the face of the earth not too long after we met in our second grade class.. He was who i thought of everytime I heard the song True Colors the album Title song .. The Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly Hit True Colors has never been so beautiflly interpreted by any other than Cindy Lauper. This Album is a GEM of the 80's

"Wise blood runs warm and deep..."

Change of Heart & Boy Blue make this album. The others are damn good, but without tracks 1 & 3, I wouldn't be into it as much. And I'm sorry to say that because I Love Cyndi. She always delivers; she always makes me feel good. "...It just takes a beat to turn it around."


Born: June 22, 1953 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Cyndi Lauper was one of the biggest stars of the early MTV era, selling five-million copies of her debut album, She's So Unusual, as well as scoring a string of four Top Ten hits from the record, including the major hits "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Time After Time." Lauper's thin, girlish voice and gleefully ragtag appearance became one of the most distinctive images of the early '80s, which helped lead her not only to the top of the charts, but also to stardom. Throughout America, there were...
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