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Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper has always made catchy tunes with “meaning behind the melodies,” said Chuck Taylor in Billboard.
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yndi Lauper
Bring Ya to the Brink
(Epic)

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Cyndi Lauper has always made catchy tunes with “meaning behind the melodies,” said Chuck Taylor in Billboard. On Bring Ya to the Brink, her first studio album in roughly a decade, she mixes “jaunty dance-floor jams” with her unusually introspective lyrics. “Raging Storm” is a thunderous thrill, while “‘Same Ol’ Story’ is among Lauper’s most inviting melodies ever.” It’s a little late in life for Lauper to release a dance album, said Jonathan Keefe in Slantmagazine.com. But the pop star, who turns 55 this month, has always been one to “She-bop” to her own beat, and the aging party girl brings a “real sense of character and presence” to a genre ruled and often ruined by younger singers with less talent. Underneath that rainbow of hair dye and “mile-thick” New York accent is one of “modern pop’s finest, most dynamic” vocalists. The album draws on that voice for several “full-throttle choruses,” but not nearly often enough, said Nate Chinen in The New York Times. “Grab a Hold” and “Lay Me Down,” a “seamless” collaboration with Swedish producer Kleerup, give you a sense of how good the album could be. Most of it, however, “feels unfortunately slight.”

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