The Body Acoustic

November 22, 2005 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: November 22, 2005
  • Release Date: November 22, 2005
  • Label: Epic/Daylight
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  • Total Length: 52:18
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  • ASIN: B00138H6QY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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Her voice and writing abilities are still in top notch shape.
Jacob Mills
I have never been a huge fan of Cyndi Lauper as I had to live through the time when she "just wnated to have fun".
This is the most amazing Cyndi Lauper "remix" I have ever heard.
Katherine A. Cushman

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jef Fazekas on January 23, 2006
Format: Audio CD
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 By Rudy Palma on 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 By Gregor von Kallahann on 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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