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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B0006U7WZ0
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x996ebfd8) out of 5 stars Heartfelt!! Feb. 18 2007
By Nse Ette - Published on
Format: Audio CD
In the spring of 1994, Cher was invited to a writers retreat in France. While there, she penned a number of songs which made it onto this album,, so titled because her record label found it too deep and personal, and feared it wouldn't sell. Cher herself didn't feel too confident about her penmanship.

It was finally released as a download only in 2000, a few years after her worldwide smash hit album dance/electronica album "Believe".

Musically, it couldn't be more different. It harkens back to her rock/folk (and even a little country) roots in the sixties as half of the duo Sonny and Cher, with loads of acoustic guitar, and storytelling lyrics.

Opening cut "Still" has got to be the most beautiful Cher ballad ever, a stunning acoustic profession of undying love.

"Sisters of mercy" is an angry mid tempo rocker telling the tale of an experience she and her mother had at the hands of a Catholic orphanage. It's laced with harmonica/accordion.

The blues tinged "(The fall) Kurt's Blues" is her ode to Kurt Curbain, written shortly after he died.

"With or without you" is an organ driven, sixties sounding ballad, "Fit to fly", an upbeat lovely pop/rock tribute to American war veterans, and "Classified 1A", a beautiful piano ballad with a raspy/raw vocal delivery, and a Sonny Bono composition, one of the 2 songs Cher didn't write, the other being "Born with the hunger".

My favourite song is the stirring folky "Our lady of San Francisco", a heartfelt ballad about a brush with a homeless lady. My only gripe is that the song is too brief.

This is my favourite Cher album, and it sounds like what Sonny and Cher would be recording today, if they were still together.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x996f2048) out of 5 stars A Fantastic Album Jan. 25 2007
By M-J - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is one of Cher's best. As other reviewers have said, it is deeply personal and the lyrics are well written. 'Still' is my favourite, and 'Our Lady of San Francisco', 'With or Without You' and 'Fit to Fly' are also great. The only one I don't like on this album is 'Classified 1a'. This album is a great buy - and as it is rare, get it now, it's worth it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x996f77ec) out of 5 stars Glad I bought It March 1 2014
By P. Feldmann - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I understand why the record execs didn't want to put the money toward release - but as a fan of Cher for many years, I am glad I had the opportunity to purchase this cd. It is true, most of the songs would not fair well on top 40 radio - still, the heart and soul that Cher puts into this cd is worth the investment for me. If you are not a huge fan, stick to the big record company releases. If you didn't care for "It's A Man's World" then you don't need to bother with this. If you are a collector, or someone who just loves whatever Cher does - this is a good investment.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x996f8624) out of 5 stars This cd Rocks! March 17 2005
By A. Baker - Published on
Format: Audio CD
First of all I have to say that this cd is Awesome, and she wrote eight out of the ten songs and did the music to the ones that she wrote! and in my opinion that is what makes a great artist, she can not only sing her little heart out she can write great music!!! Now there is Language in this cd, so I dont recommend it for younger audiences, she uses the f-word a few times! but hey thats Cher!!! LOL I do recommend this cd for any Cher fan out there, definatley a collectors item! Rock on Cher LOVE ya LOTS!!!!!!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x996f8870) out of 5 stars CHER's Nov. 11 2010
By Andrea E. Cohen - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
if you are a Cher fan, this is a must. She both wrote all the songs as well as singing them. it's not a pop album. and really shows off her talent. Very different, and a got to have it if you are a die-hard cher fan. this just shows another side of her talent... ENJOY!!!!!! if you are not a die-hard Cher fan; this may convert you...