At Last

At Last

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by Cyndi Lauper
     
 

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On At Last, Cyndi Lauper puts away her past by taking on the songs of the past. This collection of standards of all sorts, from R&B hits to vintage pop songs to international classics, allows Lauper to discard her persistent image as a New Wave pop star and transform herself into an adaptable first-rank vocalist. Lauper always had the goods when it came toSee more details below

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On At Last, Cyndi Lauper puts away her past by taking on the songs of the past. This collection of standards of all sorts, from R&B hits to vintage pop songs to international classics, allows Lauper to discard her persistent image as a New Wave pop star and transform herself into an adaptable first-rank vocalist. Lauper always had the goods when it came to singing, but her broad characterizations often obscured her talents. Not so here. Comfortable with a panoply of styles, Lauper exhibits exceptional skills as an expressive interpreter of song. Sure, she’s still having fun, but now Lauper has officially taken on new dimensions of vocal artistry.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
As the girl who just wants to have fun, Cyndi Lauper became an '80s music icon with her flamboyant style, powerful baby-doll voice, and quirky songs, but as time and tastes moved on, her playful persona wore thin and attempts at becoming a more serious artist failed to regain her dwindling audience. With At Last, Lauper steps even further away from that playful image to become the girl who just wants to sing as she tackles a set of pop standards that showcase her underrated voice. Although occasionally shrill and reckless, Lauper's forceful tones can be quite moving and awe-inspiring when corralled into the proper setting, as with her bluesy take on Etta James' "At Last." With its lazy tempo and minimal arrangement, Lauper is able to relax and convey the lyrics in one of her most mature and affecting performances. Even more low-key is the whisper quiet of "Walk on By," in which she turns Dionne Warwick's midtempo gem into a dark tale of mourning by sadly singing the lyrics over a crawling tempo. Getting a Tori Amos-style ballad treatment is the Animals' "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," which lets Lauper's rock roots rise to the surface with her edgy performance. While some of her song choices work, others fall flat, like "La Vie en Rose," in which her slightly ragged reading is too rough for the delicate song. Also misfiring is her corny duet with Tony Bennett, "Makin' Whoopee," where the voices of these two New Yorkers clash like stripes and plaids. Lauper also has a little too much fun with Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs' "Stay," as she reverts back to her boisterous voice of yesteryear and disrupts the mature tone of the disc. Although the results are mixed, At Last does focus on Cyndi Lauper's best asset -- her voice -- and may help to rejuvenate a career in which the personality unfortunately overshadowed the talent.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969076026
catalogNumber:
90760

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cyndi Lauper   Primary Artist
Ronnie Cuber   Bass Clarinet
Elena Barere   Violin,Concert Master
Clayton Cameron   Drums
Don Sebesky   Conductor
Kathleen Dyson   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Sheila E.   Percussion
Mitch Frohman   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Steve Gaboury   Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Melodica
Joyce Hammann   Violin
Aaron Heick   Flute
Rob Hyman   Hammond Organ
Paul Langosch   Bass
Jeanne LeBlanc   Celli
Ann Leathers   Violin
Richard Locker   Celli
Rob Mathes   Keyboards
Nancy McAlhany   Violin
Sammy Merendino   Drums
Jan Mullen   Violin
Lee Musiker   Piano
Gray Sargent   Guitar
William Wittman   Bass
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica
Frederick Zlotkin   Celli
Carol Emanuel   Harp
Allison Cornell   Violin,Viola
Paul Woodiel   Violin
John Walsh   Trumpet
Narcisco Figueroa   Violin
Ben Street   Bass
Katherine LiVolsi Stern   Violin
Lawrence Glazener   Bass
Steve Jordan   Drums
Jonathan Dinklage   Violin
Gerard Reuter   Oboe
Dan Reagen   Trombone
Stacey Shames   Harp
Mark Stewart   Cello

Technical Credits

Cyndi Lauper   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements,Piano Arrangement
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Maurice Williams   Composer
Jacques Brel   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Edith Piaf   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Rod McKuen   Composer
Bennie Benjamin   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Don Sebesky   Arranger
Kathleen Dyson   Arranger,Track Arrangement
Sheila E.   Track Arrangement
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Steve Gaboury   Arranger,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,Track Arrangement,Flute Arrangement,Piano Arrangement
Mack Gordon   Composer
Rob Hyman   Arranger
Ted Jensen   Mastering
Gus Kahn   Composer
Rob Mathes   rhythm arrangement
Sammy Merendino   Track Arrangement
Lee Musiker   rhythm arrangement
Alex North   Composer
Dave O'Donnell   Basic Track
C. Paul   Composer
Clarence Paul   Composer
Russ Titelman   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements,Track Arrangement,Piano Arrangement
Harry Warren   Composer
William Wittman   Arranger,Engineer,Track Arrangement
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Hy Zaret   Composer
Allison Cornell   String Arrangements
Femi Jiya   Engineer
Ben Street   Arranger
Lucho Cueto   Horn Arrangements
Sean Evans   Art Direction,Photo Composites
Sheri G. Lee   Art Direction
Rodney Smith   Original Photography
Marcel Louiguy   Composer
Sol Marcus   Composer
Marguerite Monnot   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Dave Bennet   Engineer
Morris Broadnax   Composer
Gloria Caldwell   Composer
Eddie Constantine   Composer
Steve Jordan   Arranger
Ryan Smith   Mastering
Rebbecca Arnold   Photo Composites
R. S. Lourgay   Composer

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