Cyndi Lauper
Bring Ya to the Brink


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 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.”