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All Music Guide - Eugene Chadbourne
There were a few years in the mid-'80s when one couldn't go out for a cup of coffee without encountering Cyndi Lauper in one form or another. Her videos were playing constantly on MTV, her music was everywhere on the radio, and, best of all, children were even dressing up as Cyndi for Halloween. In retrospect, it was a Lauper-ish time but it was all over quite quickly; in fact, the period in the ultra-limelight didn't even span the period covered by two album releases, which means that this follow-up to her smash debut album was relegated to the also-ran pile, with sad results such as only one sort-of hit single the title track and nobody apparently interested in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eugene Chadbourne
There were a few years in the mid-'80s when one couldn't go out for a cup of coffee without encountering Cyndi Lauper in one form or another. Her videos were playing constantly on MTV, her music was everywhere on the radio, and, best of all, children were even dressing up as Cyndi for Halloween. In retrospect, it was a Lauper-ish time but it was all over quite quickly; in fact, the period in the ultra-limelight didn't even span the period covered by two album releases, which means that this follow-up to her smash debut album was relegated to the also-ran pile, with sad results such as only one sort-of hit single the title track and nobody apparently interested in imitating the skirt she wore on the back cover photo, which seems like it is made of slashed-up concert posters. Kind of a shame since so much love and attention went into this album. Guest stars and high-dollar session musicians abound, including other '80s icons such as the Bangles and the manic Pee Wee Herman, who provides a great little answering-machine bit at the end of "911." Lauper is a fantastic vocalist, meaning that any record producer worth hiring would be happy to dream up endless settings for her. This album is nothing if not ambitious, and some of the stretches really pay off, such as the ultimately endearing cover of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On." Other aspects date badly. For example, highly reverberated and artificial sounding drums and keyboards were really popular at the time, but a vocalist with a clear voice such as Lauper sounds much better in the context of real instruments with their warmer sounds. When it comes to tunes such as the nice Cajun number "The Faraway Nearby," drums should have been turned way down and other instrumental colors brought up. Despite these sorts of problems, there really wasn't that much music recorded by this artist during her most popular period, so fans will no doubt want to own it all.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972391328
  • Catalog Number: 723913
  • Sales rank: 34,845

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Change of Heart (4:25)
  2. 2 Maybe He'll Know (4:27)
  3. 3 Boy Blue (4:46)
  4. 4 True Colors (3:47)
  5. 5 Calm Inside the Storm (3:54)
  6. 6 What's Going On (4:38)
  7. 7 Iko Iko (2:09)
  8. 8 The Faraway Nearby - Aimee Mann (2:59)
  9. 9 911 - Pee Wee Herman (3:16)
  10. 10 One Track Mind (3:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cyndi Lauper Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals, Emulator, Beat Box
Bangles Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Adrian Belew Guitar, Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Rick Derringer Guitar, Track Performer
Billy Joel Vocals, Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Ellie Greenwich Background Vocals, Track Performer
Nile Rodgers Guitar, Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Angela Clemmons-Patrick Background Vocals, Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Pee Wee Herman Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Aimee Mann Vocals, Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Jeff Bova Keyboards, Track Performer
Jimmy Bralower Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Track Performer, Beat Box, Linn Drum
Anton Fig Drums, Track Performer
Jon Goldberger Track Performer
Robert Holmes Guitar, Track Performer
Neil Jason Bass, Bass Guitar, Track Performer
John McCurry Guitar, Track Performer
Lennie Petze Percussion, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Peter Wood Synthesizer, Keyboards, Track Performer
James Box Guitar
Technical Credits
Adrian Belew Arranger
Cyndi Lauper Arranger, Producer, Art Direction
Essra Mohawk Songwriter
Pee Wee Herman Guest Operator
Jeff Bova Arranger
Jimmy Bralower Arranger
Jon Goldberger Sound Effects
Tom Kelly Composer
Stephen Broughton Lunt Arranger
George Marino Mastering
Lennie Petze Arranger, Producer
Billy Steinberg Composer
David Wolff Executive Producer
Peter Wood Arranger
Annie Leibovitz Cover Photo
Holland MacDonald Art Direction
Holland McDonald Art Direction
Brian McGee Engineer
Bruce G. Ando Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    True Colors

    This is a great album It is my favorite out of all Cyndi's albums and is The one with The most reasonable price. My favorite part is when she replayed Mabey He'll Now, again. It was a great song to me. Another great song I admire on this album is Calm Inside The Storm, my all time favorite out of all her songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    cyndi fan

    this is actually for the barnes and noble company. I thought Id tell you people that this album was not released in 1990, it was released in 1986. So you might want to change that. It could get confusing for people . Bye

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