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Body Acoustic

Cyndi LauperAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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For the past 30 years, Cyndi Lauper has been dazzling—and surprising—her fans all over the world. A multi-talented artist and one of music’s most beloved icons, she has racked up global record sales of over 50 million albums and has won countless awards, including two Grammys, an Emmy, and a Tony, a distinction as a New York Times Best Selling author, as well as numerous ... Read more in Amazon's Cyndi Lauper Store

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  • Audio CD (November 8, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B00452J5AU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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With her latest release, the stripped-down THE BODY ACOUSTIC, Cyndi Lauper continues to reinvent herself and relaunch her stalled career. Starting with 2003's AT LAST, both Lauper and her label have been trying to make people forget that she was the Girl Who Just Wanted To Have Fun, and instead recast her as a serious singer/songwriter. THE BODY ACOUSTIC does a good job in advancing this goal....stripped down to an acoustic setting, Lauper's lyrics are at the forefront like never before, while her voice just shines. A prime example is the opening cut, the rollicking "Money Changes Everything." One of the key tracks off of Lauper's SHE'S SO UNUSUAL debut, the song's edgy new-wave groove has been replaced with a stomping alt-country one. Amid handclaps and harmonica, this song about true friends and fame (and maybe, just maybe, record company politics) takes on a totally different vibe twenty-two years down the road; you can just hear the experience and hard-won knowledge in Lauper's voice as she sings the lines "They shake your hand and they smile/And they buy you a drink/They say we'll be your friends/We'll stick with you until the end/Ah but everybody's only/Looking out for themselves." Still a true winner! "All Through The Night" has a quiet elegance to it, and could have done very nicely on it's own without Shaggy's rasta rap, which seems calculated and tacked on at the last minute for the guest star x-factor. "Time After Time" is probably one of the most beautiful ballads of the last 45 years, and it's hard to imagine Lauper improving upon the original, but she does just that. Presented here as a duet with Sarah McLachlan, the track is even more delicate and lovely than the first time around. Once again, it seems as if Lauper (and McLachlan for that matter! Read more ›
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lauper Works Her Magic December 8, 2005
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Cyndi Lauper weaves magic with her new release, "The Body Acoustic," a collection of her greatest hits, notable non-singles and two new compositions recorded with sparse instrumentation. Like her superb 2003 standards collection, "At Last," her valentine to her native New York, one could say that Lauper is simply cashing in on another recent trend; this time of releasing acoustic reinterpretations of an artist's own former catalogue. However, the bulk of her songwriting is ideal for an intimate setting, which makes "The Body Acoustic" not only a solid but a justified release; not a mere pause before releasing a complete disc of original material.

Lauper kicks off the disc with the assistance of Taking Back Sunday's Adam Lazarra, one of many special guests she enlisted for inclusion on this project. Singing her 1984 hit "Money Changes Everything," Lauper nearly replicates the electricity she exudes when performing the song in concert. With a sprawling vocal range that is equal parts gritty and graceful, it is hard for the majority of her guests to keep up with her at all, making their inclusion essentially inconsequential. The only exceptions are Sarah McLachlan, who provides perfect compliment to "Water's Edge" and 1984's #1 smash "Time After Time," and Shaggy, who helps Lauper turn "All Through the Night" into a delightfully reggae-infused affair.

"Sisters of Avalon" is a funky, rousing excursion. Though at once they seem ideal to lend their talents to the track, Ani Difranco and Vivian Green simply fall into the background on a song that fits nicely in the scheme of the disc but adds nothing original to the original 1997 version. Green's presence is felt more strongly, however, on "I'll Be Your River," one of the two new tracks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cover Me(self) March 28, 2009
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You know, I've read a lot of reviews for this CD and I don't think I've ever seen ANY commentary on the cover shot. I can't be the only one who's found the positioning of Cyndi's right hand a little--shall we say--suggestive? I mean, c'mon: is she 'bopping' there or what? Well, she does include a remake of her diddling ditty on the record, so the visual is not inappropriate (thematically, at least).

Singers who have lengthy careers and one or more signature tunes (and, yes, you CAN have more than one) often wind up re-recording them, sometimes more than once. What might end up feeding the arguements Cyndi's harsher critics is the fact that so many of these "self-covers" come from her first solo album. (I'm referring to those folks who maintain to this day that SHE'S SO UNUSUAL is the ONLY essential Cyndi Lauper record). Throw in "True Colors" from the 2nd record, and you're pretty much admitting that Cyndi was an artist who peaked early and never re-captured that initial magic.

Of course, there are those of us who believe the actual case is quite the opposite. We maintain that--despite relative the lack of sales--she has continued to develop and grow as a singer and songwriter, and if the larger public AND the rock-crit establishment hasn't caught on to that fact, well, it's THEIR loss.

Some of the best re-makes on this record are the tunes that many listeners will find unfamiliar in the first place. "Sisters of Avalon"--the feminist anthem that should have been --is just as rousing here as the original was in '96. And "Shine"--the title track from the ALBUM that never (fully) was (except in Japan)--is as much an emotional tour de force as it was in its original version, maybe moreso.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kick back and enjoy the Cyndi that was and is
Cyndi Lauper is a world unto herself. Her music delights us and often causes us to think when we aren't busy feeling. This album is acoustic. Read more
Published 3 months ago by The Lone Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Cyndi
This is Cyndi at her best. She did so many collaborations with so many different artists. She just keeps getting better and better.
Published 7 months ago by Janelen P. Persell
4.0 out of 5 stars Great except for "All Through the Night"
I was so irritated by Shaggy's participation in this song that I saw fit to come here and write this review. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lena R.
4.0 out of 5 stars Cyndi Acoustic
This CD is a nice mix of Cyndi's many styles. She is in good voice and performs a nice mix of ballads and up tempo songs. Read more
Published 7 months ago by grace
4.0 out of 5 stars more unusual stuff
So different to what one might expect from Cyndi but one should always be ready for Cyndi to go all in. Read more
Published 13 months ago by C. Bender
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Better Than The Classics ...
... the only way Cyndi Lauper could sing them. I always like it when a singer reinvents songs from their catalog.I luv this album. A+
Published 13 months ago by Danny L. Coulter Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cyndi is someone I'd like to meet
Cyndi's music has always made me feel some emotion, like something she knows about. Being able to hear her voice so well is a great experience. Read more
Published 17 months ago by cateylei
5.0 out of 5 stars New versions of songs I love
The Acoustic versions give life to the old songs I love. Cyndi Lauper has such a strong voice. Time after Time is my favorite.
Published 18 months ago by jpittore
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Cindy!
I first heard the acoustic version of Time after time and loved it! So when I realized that Cindy had an entire album released I bought it and have no regrets. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Spikemann
4.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love Cyndi Lauper
Acoustic versions of some of Cyndi's hits plus some other great numbers. I have to say that this album was just wonderful for me!!
Published 19 months ago by C. Clemons
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