Hat Full Of Stars

June 15, 1993 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: June 15, 1993
  • Release Date: June 15, 1993
  • Label: Epic
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  • Total Length: 52:33
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  • ASIN: B001BJKLSU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,771 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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The music is pop sensible with catchy hooks.
Lonnie E. Holder
Because this is a hidden gem that only Cyndi fans will enjoy.
Jason Stein
Sally's Pigeons is one of her best songs ever.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Gregor von Kallahann on July 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
It's interesting to see that, although there is a divergence of opinion on just where to place this CD in Cyndi Lauper's oeuvre, most of the reviewers below find "A Hat Full of Stars" to be a quality effort. Indeed, there was little reason for Cyndi's '90s work not be better promoted and better known. Tastes change, of course, but Sony really should have found a better marketing strategy to promote Lauper's more mature work. The fact that many people still consider her to be a sort of novelty act is disheartening. She is a singer of considerable range and an artist who takes her work seriously and has seldom, if ever, come up short.
Rock critics, who championed Lauper in '84, pretty much abanoned her by the late 80's. That's a pity, because she was developing as a singer and as a songwriter the whole time. I understand that some fans found this more seriously-themed effort (she addresses such topics as abuse, abortion, and racism) as something of a "downer." But "Feels Like Christmas" is exuberant, and the (mysteriously ignored) single "Who Let In the Rain" is elegant pop. Perhaps the only problem with the song is that it was released shortly after Madonna's similarly themed "Rain"--echoing the whole "True Colors" / "True Blue" synchronicity from the '80s.
One thing Cyndi Lauper does not need is more Madonna comparisons. Yes, they did emerge at the same time and they both were originally exponents of thrift store chic, but the similarities pretty much end there--well, OK, they're both Italian-American Catholics too...but the similarities really DO end there. OK, OK, they both came from homes that were at least at times single-parented, and they both had issues with step-family.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By L. Quido VINE VOICE on September 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
to the tug of your emotions when you let this amazing collection play over and over again, you'll not regret that you took the time to hear this CD from the timeless Cyndi Lauper.

Looking for something different this spring, I chanced on the collection of old musical standards that Cyndi Lauper released, entitled, "At Last". Suddenly, and quite amazingly, I realized that the perky little clown of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" was really not who Cyndi was all along. She was just never marketed until the last few years as an innovator, both as a songstress and a songwriter, and someone who insures that the musicians and production values are first rate. After wearing out "At Last", I looked for something she'd done that I missed in the past, and found an extensive collection of vibrant music. "At Last" made me sit up and take notice, but the CD she released in 1993, that was doomed to fail, "A Hatful of Stars", was provocative in that Cyndi had a hand in writing every song.

And so it goes, the CD's you love the most may be those that you stumble across, quite by accident - collections that work for you, that may have not sold well, "secrets" kept by only the faithful few that consistently follow an artist throughout their career. And that is what "A Hatful of Stars", is for me - a thematic work that showed us that the wistful, vibrant and spectacular voice Cyndi displayed on her early "serious" work, "Time After Time", was no accident.

In "Hatful of Stars", Cyndi explores a variety of ballads and subtle hip-hop rhythms and takes on a number of issues in her writing that come straight from the heart of a serious poet and musician.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on March 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Being a long time fan of Cyndi Lauper has been hard. First, dealing with the ridicule, then dealing with the lack of promotion, then dealing with a change in musical ambition. In 1993, ten years after She's So Unusual, I believe Cyndi made her landmark recording. No one noticed. Not even a hit. Thanks Sony Records. Because this is a hidden gem that only Cyndi fans will enjoy. Twelve tracks that work so well that the only other cd I can compare it to is She's So Unusual. Great songs abound on this cd like "That's What I Think", "Who Let In The Rain", "Sally's Pigeons", "Feels Like Christmas", "Dear John", "A Part Hate" and "Hat Full Of Stars." I don't believe Cyndi ever sounded better, nor more confident than on this cd. Her 1996 cd, Sisters of Avalon, found Cyndi moving in another direction that was good, but not quite as good as Hat Full of Stars. This is a must have for any rock collector.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Darren on September 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The first thing that occurred to me when I heard this album 2 years ago is how incredibly underrated Cyndi Lauper is as an artist. The second thing that struck me was the deeply troubled life she had growing up. Cyndi wrote or co-wrote every song on this album. "Lies" recalls the physical and sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her stepfather. "Sally's Pigeon's" is about the loss of a childhood friend by an abortion that went terribly wrong. "Broken Glass" is about wife abuse which Cyndi witnessed in her own home during her mother's second marriage. "Someone Like Me" reveals to us her pain at feeling out of step with the rest of the world. On "A Part Hate" she gives us her disturbing view of racism at its height. A turbulent life story, but one that had to be told, if only to put a few of the naysayers in their place. The lyrics, production and especially the singing on HFOS are first-rate, making for one of the most impressive albums by any artist past or present. This is the record that made me stand up and really take notice at how brilliant a songwriter and gifted vocalist Cyndi Lauper is. Although this album won over many of the music critics, it didn't get the commercial success it deserved. Even if you're not a die hard Cyndi Lauper fan, I highly recommend it.
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