Bring Ya to the Brinkby Cyndi Lauper
It's hard to see any real pattern in Cyndi Lauper's recording career, as she bounces from style to style, sometimes with her eye on the charts but more often following her own muse. Released in the summer of 2008, Bring Ya to the Brink is her first album of original material to be released in the U.S. since 1997's Sisters of Avalon, and she hasn't exactly been quiet since then, doing collections of cabaret covers; releasing Shine, a pop album that wound up surfacing only in Japan; and reworking her own songs on The Body Acoustic, a 2005 album far more adventurous than its description suggests. Although it doesn't sound much like The Body Acoustic, Bring Ya to the Brink continues with that sense of adventure, as Lauper indulges in her first full-on dance album ever here. Unlike her contemporary Madonna, who has also been pursuing hardcore dance albums with Confessions on a Dance Floor and Hard Candy, Cyndi Lauper couldn't be bothered with sounding hip or contemporary -- which isn't quite the same thing as saying that she sounds preserved in amber on Bring, as this isn't a self-conscious '80s revival album even if it is filled with retro synths and drum machines. Rather, it's a reflection of how Lauper is so removed from the whims of fashion that she can create her own world, borrowing from early-'80s new wave and sleek early-'90s club music, writing lyrics that may be better suited to a confessional but work well here, as this is such an idiosyncratic little record, existing in its own little time warp. Perhaps this could have used a greater quotient of pop hooks in order to pull in listeners who aren't hardcore Lauper fans, but that's not where Cyndi Lauper is at: she's doggedly following her own path, and if you look back on what she's done in the nearly 25 years since She's So Unusual, it's quite an interesting journey. Bring Ya to the Brink is one of the more intriguing detours along the way.
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Performance CreditsCyndi Lauper Primary Artist,Vocals
Knox Chandler Guitar
Steve Gaboury Keyboards
Sammy Merendino Drums
William Wittman Bass,Guitar,Synthesizer Bass
Richard Morel Guitar,Keyboards
Craig Considine Trombone
Roger Fife Synthesizer
Dan Kurtz Keyboards
Martina Sorbara Background Vocals
Dave Finnell Trumpet
Steve Gaboruy Keyboards
Technical CreditsCyndi Lauper Producer,Executive Producer,Art Direction
William Wittman Producer
Jeremy Wheatley Vocal Mixing
Richard Morel Programming,Producer
Peer Astrom Producer
Sheri Lee Art Direction
Lisa Barbaris Management
Johan Bobeck Producer
Kevin Trageser Tray Photo
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This album is great to workout to because the beats get me going. I don't necessarily dance but I do jump around to some of these songs like a wild person. I even love the slower song Rain On Me. It's beautifully Cyndi.
This should not be confused as a dance record. There are no robotic overly produced vocals here. As with each Cyndi record, her voice sounds very organic and recorded that way too. It's refreshing to hear considering so many others rely on 'subtle' techniques to tweak their vocals. There are many stand out tracks here ('High & Mighty', 'Into The Nightlife', 'Lay Me Down', 'Grab A Hold', etc...). Definitely a 'rhythm' record like Cyndi has said and much less a 'dance' record. Makes perfect sense.
What can you say about Cyndi Lauper, she is an artist and musician. Unlike other pop divas jumping on the band wagon and doing what every one else is doing for the dollar, she has created a brilliant and fresh new sound. Unfortunately the way radio, music business and MTV are right now this cd won't get the exposure it needs.
First: How come when Roisin Murphy summons club sounds from the previous decades she is hailed as the next icon, but when Cyn does it she's "out of it"? Damned right Cyn follows her own path and thank God somebody does these days. In recent years the singing voice has finally started to eclipse the speaking voice. I've been championing her musicianship since day one so it's good to see others considering it in larger measure. The same plain-spoken poetry that, like the voice, is just so unusual, has not lost an iota of it's oomph! Cyndi is a singer of the people for the people. Her voice on the radio is as reassuring as Morgan Freeman's presence on the screen. I listen to a lot of the edgier dance sounds, and I respect these grooves! Two notable vocal moments: Cyn hits a note in "Set Your Heart" that defies her 54 years. She betters the feat by doing so naturally, in service to the song. When the listener finally notices it at about the fifth play it sounds like... a real singer! Like Dusty Springfield, Cyndi just knows how to deliver a song. And Cyn's Curtis Mayfield tribute in "Raging Storm" is exactly how quality artists pay respects to each other: it's her voice, her words, but HIS spirit. Kids in Europe have been forming bands and trying to make electro-wave hybrids like "She's Got Candy" for a few years now, with often tedious results. That's right kiddies, Auntie Cyn's got candy so listen up! I want so much to call it her magnum opus: every song on here is an absolute gem, they will all find a niche and they're built for the long run. But since she's always full of surprises I'll hold off with the superlatives and just tell you how I feel: More than any singer I've heard in the last twenty four years: When Cyndi Lauper sings of love, hope, struggle, and friendship I ALWAYS believe her. She is simply a national treasure.
Die hard fans of Cyndi realise that she has consistently released great and varied styles of music over the last 25 years (28 years if you go back to her first band "Blue Angel"). Another change of direction and Cyndi creates, IMHO, the perfect dance album. My expectations for Bring Ya To The Brink were high but I didn't realise it would be soooooo good. Each listen makes me want to play it again. The stand out tracks for me are "Echo", "Set Your Heart", "Into The Nightlife" and "Grab A Hold". Bonus track on the Japanese release "Got Candy" is also a fave. If Sony gets behind this album, and they certainly owe her, this should be a huge seller for her.
Into the nighlife - this has got to be one of the greatest songs cyndi has ever recorded. Every age "and sex" can relate to this song. I have been a fan of hers ever since i saw her open for cher in new orleans and at the beau rivage in biloxi. There will never be another like her. She gets better with age. Hope she comes back to louisiana.
I heard this album 2 weeks ago on July 30th in Orlando, Florida while on vacation. What a dynamic dance heavy album that Cyndi Lauper made! It has shades of her '80s pop that made her She's So Unusual debut a success. One of my favorites is High and Mighty with its rumbling grooves. Another is Lyfe. Same Old Story is another surprise. Into the Nightlife sounds very retro '80s, but is solid. One song stands out on which she goes after our complete obsession with celebrities without looking at our own lives first. She's brutally outspoken and honest in her lyrics on many cuts. And I like her usage of the hottest dance producers, including Basement Jaxx, Scumfrog, Peer Astrom and others for this album. And once again, this album came out just in time for summer. Lauper's still sounding great 25 years later!