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Merry Christmas... Have a Nice Life

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Cyndi Lauper has reinvented herself once again, penning a handful of original Christmas carols and cornball ditties with writing partner Jan Pulsford and recording them at home while her infant son Declyn slept. (The almost-year-old Decyln can be heard jabbering and gurgling on "New Year's Baby [First Lullaby]".) The antic Lauper who first revealed that "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" in 1983 is still in evidence, spiking the season with her endearing comic voice and calypso time signatures on such standouts as "Christmas Conga" and the bawdy "Minnie and Santa." But the standards "Three Ships" and "Silent Night" really shine, revealing a depth and emotion that was in evidence on Lauper's tender "Time After Time." --Jaan Uhelszki


A throaty Lauper offers holiday cheer for those allergic to holiday sap. -- Entertainment Weekly

1. Home On Christmas Day
2. Early Christmas Morning
3. Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
4. Christmas Conga
5. Minnie And Santa
6. Feels Like Christmas
7. Three Ships
8. New Year's Baby (First Lullaby)
9. December Child
10. In The Bleak Midwinter
11. Silent Night

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 27, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000DFU2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,499 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 2, 2002
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Some people seem to be inspired when recording Christmas albums, rising above their previous performances to record the best album of their career. I knew Cyndi was good at what she did, but had never bought any of her music until I bought this after reading some reviews. I sensed, even without hearing any tracks, that this might be one of the best Christmas albums in the history of recorded music, and I was right.
Cyndi clearly enjoys Christmas - it shows in these songs. Who could resist Cyndi's invitation to Do the Christmas conga? I also enjoyed the amusing Minnie and Santa, but all the new songs are brilliant, including Early Christmas morning, which comes complete with children's choir, used effectively and well.
Cyndi has also covered a few old chestnuts - her version of Rockin' around the Christmas tree and other classics breathes new life into them, while paying respect to the originals. Although I could have done without yet another version of Silent night, Cyndi proves here that she has the skill to do the serious stuff just as well as the fun songs. Among the other serious songs, it is particularly pleasing to see that she covered In the bleak midwinter. This is a Christmas standard in Britain, but it's rare to hear it sung by an American. Her version of this song is pure magic - as good as any version I've come across.
This album is truly one of the finest Christmas albums I have ever come across in any genre of music, and you can enjoy it either as background music, or in peace and quiet giving it undivided attention. I have since bought (and enjoyed) some of Cyndi's other music, but this is something special.
You do not need to be a Cyndi fan to enjoy this, but you might become a Cyndi fan after hearing it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robby on October 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a great CD to POP in while you decorate the tree. It has the classic songs, her rick songs, her funny songs.
1.) Home on Christmas Day - A slow rock song that has the typical guitar the is a trademark of her music.
2.) Early Christmas Morning - Starts off with kids singing like if it was a Chrismas Carroll, then she comes in and adds her punk style to the album to get you in the mood.
3.) Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - I think we all know this song, she does it with like a funky beat and he high pitched voice.
4.) Christmas Conga - Definately the best song on the cd, with her funky beats and her funny lyrics. Really should be a Christmas single. I think if radio played it, we would have a hit. Bonga Bonga Bonga do the Christmas Conga.......
5.) Minnie and Santa - Another funny song with her humor. A slow song but funny.
6.) Feels Like Christmas - Sounds like it starts off with bad quality, like she is singing live, but then starts to be another soft rock song.
7.) Three Ships - A slow song with a flute at the beginning, must be her playing. Typical Christmas but why three ships? Was the Columbus Day lol.....
8.) New Years Baby ( First Lulliby) - I have a feeling she wrote this for her song who is in the album cover. Also on the cover is santa ( or is it her husband). Anyway another good ballad.
9.) December Child - Very slow ballad, almost acoustic.
10.) In The Bleak Midwinter - Again a slow song, by this time you want more of the beginning and that is why this cd gets a 4 rating. I feel she could have more faster songs around this part of the cd.
11.) Silent Night - And finally the typical Christmas Anthem with a touch of Cyndi.
Overall a great Christmas Album. If you like Cyndi you will love the beginning of the album. Play the end when you are tired and want to take a nap. If you have any questions ask me. I love Cyndi and this is my review. I hope it was helpful, vote for me :)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gregor von Kallahann on December 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
When Cyndi Lauper's MERRY CHRISTMAS...HAVE A NICE LIFE was first released back in '98, I remember reading some capsule review in some popular magazine or other (maybe PEOPLE?) to the effect that it was surprisingly good, better than it "had a right to be," in fact. Huh? Is that a compliment?

I imagine the reviewer thought he was being pretty darn generous to a performer, whom he no doubt recalled as being basically a novelty act from the early MTV days. What's frustrating about reviews like this is that they seldom reference any previous recording other than SHE'S SO UNUSUAL (or, if you're lucky, TRUE COLORS). Cyndi's 90s work(HAT FULL OF STARS and SISTERS OF AVALON) had demonstrated a maturing talent (not that the "immature" stuff was bad--far from it). It's just that, had anybody been bothering to listen, they would have known that she was an artist to be taken seriously and a force to be reckoned with.

Unfortunately, too many had written her off prematurely. And by 1998, her record company was pretty much ready to show her the door. She had one record left on her contract with SONY (who hadn't been offering much in the way of support anyway). Cyndi had gone out touring in '97, opening for Tina Turner, and giving it her all while visibly pregnant...and the record company could scarcely be bothered to promote her excellent SISTERS OF AVALON. A Christmas album seemed like a handy way to meet the terms of the contract and for artist and record company to bid each other adieu.

Christmas CDs are usually lower budget affairs (I'm told) and as it happened, Cyndi already had a couple of Christmas themed tracks in the can anyway.
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