She's So Unusual [A 30th Anniversary Celebration]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.[A 30th Anniversary Celebration added three 2013 live bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2014
  • Label: Epic
  • UPC: 888430166226
  • Catalog Number: 301662
  • Sales rank: 23,569

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cyndi Lauper Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jules Shear Background Vocals
Ellie Greenwich Background Vocals
Eric Bazilian Guitar, Bass Guitar, Saxophone, Background Vocals, hooter
Rick Chertoff Percussion
Krystal Davis Background Vocals
Rick DiFonzo Guitar
Anton Fig Percussion, Drums
Rob Hyman Keyboards, Background Vocals
Neil Jason Bass Guitar
Richard Termini Synthesizer
William Wittman Guitar
Peter Wood Synthesizer
Maeretha Stewart Background Vocals
Dianne Wilson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Bruce Dickinson Producer
Cyndi Lauper Arranger, Composer, Concept
Prince Composer
Eric Bazilian Arranger
Rick Chertoff Arranger, Composer, Producer
Rob Hyman Arranger
John Jansen Engineer
George Jordan Road Manager
Rod O'Brien Engineer
Lennie Petze Executive Producer
William Wittman Arranger, Engineer
Janet Perr Art Direction, Concept
Tom Burleigh Direction
Ryan Smith Mastering
Sheri Lee Art Direction
Lisa Barbaris Executive Producer, Management
M. Rickfors Composer
A. Lewis Composer
R. Hazard Composer
R. Hyman Composer
J. Shear Composer
Yolanda Be Cool Remixing, Additional Production
Nervo Remixing
Jancee Dunn Liner Notes
Pat Chiang Illustrations
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