Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual (1983) [Reissue 2000]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 38:04 minutes | Scans included | 1,79 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 783 MB
She’s So Unusual is the debut studio album by American pop singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper. Released in 1983 by Portrait Records, the album catapulted Lauper to stardom with such hits as “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”, “Time After Time”, “She Bop”, “All Through the Night”, and “Money Changes Everything”. All five singles reached the top thirty of the Billboard Hot 100, with first four singles of them becoming Top 5 hits. Lauper thus became the first female singer to have four top five singles on the Hot 100 from one album.
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.
01. Money Changes Everything
02. Girls Just Want To Have Fun
03. When You Were Mine
04. Time After Time
05. She Bop
06. All Through The Night
08. I’ll Kiss You
09. He’s So Unusual
10. Yeah Yeah
DSD Authoring Engineer: Stephen Saper.