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She's So Unusual [Import]

Cyndi Lauper Audio CD
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1. Money Changes Everything
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5. She Bop
6. All Through The Night
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8. I'll Kiss You
9. He's So Unusual
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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. --Beth Bessmer

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual and Unforgettable June 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
I owned this album back in the 80's. It was Cyndi vs. Madonna and Cyndi would be champ. Does anyone remember that silliness? Still, I was cheering for Cyndi. Well, we all know how it played out, but I still consider Cyndi a winner. Who wants to be as famous as Madonna, anyway - besides Madonna? The sheer torture of it all.
Cyndi was our champion. She encouraged us to walk in the sun, have fun, and play with ourselves. She was a little bit kooky, a little bit radical, and a whole lot of pop. A playful swirl of rainbow colors with an upbeat no-nonsense attitude and a generous spirit. Maybe it was the wrestling thing that was her downfall, I don't know.
Her singing voice could be surprisingly powerful, as well as a bit quirky, a bit confused, and a tad heartbroken at times. *She's So Unusual* succeeds at displaying her range of emotions and her invigorating energy.
If you need to lift your spirits, play "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"; in the mood for a bittersweet ballad then listen to "Time After Time". "Yeah Yeah" and "I'll Kiss You" are crazy fun, "When You Were Mine" is her wonderful rendition of a Prince song, "All Through the Night" is soft and gentle, and "She Bop", well, listen and decide for yourself.
Cyndi was one of the shining lights of the 80's. Even though she still burns brightly with unique talent, for a far too brief period in time she was not only the most unusual but simply The Most.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Girls just want to have some fun May 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
I love Cyndi Lauper. I grew up on Cyndi's music. She is one of my favorite pop artists from the '80s that I still have a lot of respect for (sorry Madonna, you lost your edge and my respect with that kabbalah schtick, "American Life" and its unintentionally hilarious lyrics, and your awful movies which I am truly sorry for ever paid money to see (just "Evita")). Being a product of the '80s, I grew up on the music that came out of that era. Music for me then was fun, and listening to Cyndi's music was one of them. Unlike her then rival Madonna, Cyndi had and still has an incredible vocal range, just listen to "Time After Time" (as well as "True Colors" from the album of the same name). Twenty years later, I can still listen to "She's So Unusual" and still enjoy listening to it as much as I did back in the '80s. It is a given that I love the smash "Girls Just Want to Have Some Fun". It is bouncy, catchy and oh so fun to jump up and down like a spastic 12 year old on a caffeine binge. My favortie ballad as to be "All Through the Night". I like "Time After Time" but "All Through the Night" is my personal favorite. I love singing along to the song which is pretty scary to see and hear considering the fact that I am tone deaf. My other personal favorite track is "She Bop", an ode to the joys of, um, well...go use your imagination if you have one. I just love that deep synth line. It is incredibly infectious and addictive. The perfect pop song. All the more reasons why I love music from the '80s. It was all about fun. After twenty years, "She's So Unusual" still holds up well all these years. It brings back memories of when music was fun and interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful reissue! Dec 11 2013
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
This is a loving reissue of Cyndi Lauper's breakout album She's So Unusual, which spawned many hits and defined a look and sound of the whimsical 80's pop punk princess.
This vinyl reissue is beautiful and sounds fat and gorgeous! This was such a great investment!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Masterpeice June 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
I just love everything about Cyndi Lauper.Her music takes me back to my teen years.Especially this album filled with such memorable rock songs.I remember seeing the video for Time After Time,and I cried my eyes out.Girls Just Want To Have Fun seems to be everyone's favourite.Cyndi is so colourful that all her colour seems to spread all over everything she does.I loved her video for She Bop.Another favourite of mine is All Through The Night.There's something special about the sound of that song.Definetly one of the best albums from the 80s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sound great June 8 2014
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
Very good mastering for this 30 years old anniversary album. The transparent vinyl look awesome. Sound almost the same as the original LP. The downloard code for all the songs plus 3 new version make this a good deal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cyndi May 30 2014
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
Awesome! Thanks Cyndi. Very cool record. Wish I had got the box set though. Think I still will! One two
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Non-Hits Are Worth Rediscovering July 16 2012
Format:Audio CD
After 25+ years of ignoring this album (I originally bought it back in 1984, gave it a few spins, then never bothered to touch it again) I recently got the CD and was pleasantly surprised how well "She" holds up.

The intriguing thing about rediscovering Cyndi's debut effort, is that it's the lesser-known tracks that appeal to me more this time around. That may be because Adult Contemporary radio and the muzak system at work have played "Time After Time" and especially "All Through the Night" so many times they seem ubiquitous as the National Anthem.

"Girls Just Want to Have Fun" suffers from almost the same overexposure, being a staple of retro '80s radio ever since that decade's renaissance began in the early 2000's. Of all the hits here, "She Bop" is the most pleasant to revisit because it's sort of been hiding away for awhile.

The underappreciated "Money Changes Everything" kicks off the album and Cyn delivers perfect resignation as she tells her old lover "there's one thing we weren't thinkin' of--and that's money". The Ska-flavored "Witness" is another winner as well as schizophrenic-sounding "I'll Kiss You" and Prince-penned "When You Were Mine".

The production is all totally-awesome-80s to be sure, but unlike the terrible filler on Madonna's "True Blue", Cyn's album cuts here are still well-written little gems even if they do sound terribly dated. Most important, Lauper lives up to her mantra here as she really does sound like she's having fun throughout this collection.

FOUR STARS and worth dusting off again.
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