13 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Two decades after “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” made her famous, Cyndi Lauper reintroduced herself as a sophisticated chanteuse on 2003’s At Last. Actually, her make-over wasn’t as radical as might first appear — there’d always been a bit of the old-fashioned show-biz trooper in her comic-yet-sentimental style. Lauper mostly pulls off the challenge of tackling a diverse mix of Tin Pan Alley, old school R&B and vintage rock songs, thanks to her formidable vocal pipes and ultra-vivid personality. She kicks up her heels imagining “The Sunny Side of The Street” as a ska tune and getting a Latin groove going on “Stay.” But it’s the album’s ballads that are truly exceptional. It took chutzpah to turn Jacques Brel’s “If You Go Away” into a stark exercise in angst or to invoke the shade of Laura Nyro for a tormented reading of the Bacharach/David classic “Walk On By.” Not all tracks work equally well, but Cyndi impresses far more than she disappoints and proves herself a gifted song interpreter in the classic pop mode.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Two decades after “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” made her famous, Cyndi Lauper reintroduced herself as a sophisticated chanteuse on 2003’s At Last. Actually, her make-over wasn’t as radical as might first appear — there’d always been a bit of the old-fashioned show-biz trooper in her comic-yet-sentimental style. Lauper mostly pulls off the challenge of tackling a diverse mix of Tin Pan Alley, old school R&B and vintage rock songs, thanks to her formidable vocal pipes and ultra-vivid personality. She kicks up her heels imagining “The Sunny Side of The Street” as a ska tune and getting a Latin groove going on “Stay.” But it’s the album’s ballads that are truly exceptional. It took chutzpah to turn Jacques Brel’s “If You Go Away” into a stark exercise in angst or to invoke the shade of Laura Nyro for a tormented reading of the Bacharach/David classic “Walk On By.” Not all tracks work equally well, but Cyndi impresses far more than she disappoints and proves herself a gifted song interpreter in the classic pop mode.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

wwtjdc ,

at last

Cyndi at her best. Her small concert venues are outstanding and this is one of the best.At Last/Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood/On The Sunny Side of the Street are pure Cyndi!

Kyle-TX ,

Fantastic!

A great talent with an amazing and highly under rated voice. Fans and skeptics alike will be impressed with this collection of standards. I've had the pleasure of seeing Cindi perfom live on several occasions through the years - the Girls Just Want To Have Fun Tour, Gay Pride NY, as Cher's opening act and recently in an old theatre. She never fails to entertain and impress. Her live performances and this CD are defnitely worth every $.

wadioface ,

Brilliant!

In my short stint as a Client Service Rep for Avatar Studios, there were a few times I had to pause, my heart skipping a beat, and listen to magic coming out of a studio. Hearng Cyndi do a vocal take For "Walk On By" was on of those moments. She had taken a mid-tempo standard and turned it into what it was always meant to be. A slow, haunting ballad with all the emotion of seeing your former lover on the street. Pausing as your heart skips a beat. There is equal emotion through-out the disc, "At Last", La Vie en Rose" and then she kicks it with "Sunny Side" and "Stay".
Buy this music!

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