She's So Unusual [Bonus Tracks]

She's So Unusual [Bonus Tracks]

by Cyndi LauperCyndi Lauper


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One of the great new wave/early MTV records, She's So Unusual is a giddy mix of self-confidence, effervescent popcraft, unabashed sentimentality, subversiveness, and clever humor. In short, it's a multifaceted portrait of a multifaceted talent, an artist that's far more clever than her thin, deliberately girly voice would indicate. Then again, Lauper's voice suits her musical persona, since its chirpiness adds depth, or reconfigures the songs, whether it's the call to arms of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" or the tearjerking "Time After Time." Lauper is at her very best on the first side, all of which were singles or received airplay, and this collection of songs -- "Money Changes Everything," "Girls," "When You Were Mine," "Time," "She Bop," "All Through the Night" -- is astonishing in its consistency, so strong that it makes the remaining tracks -- all enjoyable, but rather pedestrian -- charming by their association with songs so brilliantly alive. If Lauper couldn't maintain this level of consistency, it's because this captured her persona better than anyone could imagine -- when a debut captures a personality so well, let alone a personality so tied to its time, the successive work can't help but pale in comparison. Still, when it's captured as brightly and brilliantly as it is here, it does result in a debut that retains its potency, long after its production seems a little dated. [The 2000 reissue contains three live bonus tracks, all enjoyable, all not really necessary.]

Product Details

Release Date: 01/10/2000
Label: Imports
UPC: 5099749994324
catalogNumber: 1076121
Rank: 5158

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cyndi Lauper   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jules Shear   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Ellie Greenwich   Vocals,Background Vocals
Eric Bazilian   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals,hooter
Rick Chertoff   Percussion
Krystal Davis   Vocals,Background Vocals
Rick DiFonzo   Guitar
Anton Fig   Percussion,Drums,Guest Appearance
Rob Hyman   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Neil Jason   Bass,Guitar
Maretha Stewart   Vocals,Background Vocals
Richard Termini   Synthesizer
Diane Wilson   Vocals,Background Vocals
William Wittman   Guitar
Peter Wood   Synthesizer

Technical Credits

John H. Jackson   Reissue Director
Cyndi Lauper   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Reissue Producer,Concept
John Agnello   Engineer
Eric Bazilian   Arranger
Erie Brazilian   Arranger
Rick Chertoff   Arranger,Producer
Rob Hyman   Arranger,Composer
John Jansen   Engineer
Rod O'Brien   Engineer
Lennie Petze   Producer,Executive Producer,Reissue Producer
William Wittman   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Amy Linden   Liner Notes
Janet Perr   Art Direction,Concept
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Annie Liebovitz   Reissue Photography
John Christiana   Packaging Manager,Reissue Package Coordinator
Tom Grey   Composer

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