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She's So Unusual

Cyndi Lauper

1983

She's So Unusual

Album Summary

She's So Unusual is the debut studio album by American singer and songwriter Cyndi Lauper, released on October 14, 1983, by Portrait Records. The album was re-released in 2014 to commemorate its 30th anniversary, and was called She's So Unusual: A 30th Anniversary Celebration. The re-release contains demos and remixes of previously released material, as well as new artwork.In 1978, Lauper formed the band Blue Angel. The band soon signed a recording contract with Polydor Records; however, their debut album, Blue Angel, was a commercial failure. The band parted ways after firing their manager, who sued Lauper for $80,000 and forced her into bankruptcy. Lauper went on to sing in many New York night clubs, and caught the eye of David Wolf, who became her manager and subsequently got her signed to Portrait Records. Six singles were released from the album, with "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" becoming a worldwide hit and her first song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. "Time After Time" became her first number-one hit on the chart and experienced similar success worldwide. Lauper found success with the next two singles as well, with both "She Bop" and "All Through the Night" peaking in the top five. This makes Lauper the first female singer to have four top five singles on the Hot 100 from one album. She's So Unusual was promoted by the Fun Tour throughout 1983 and 1984. The album is primarily new wave-based, with many of the songs being influenced by synthpop and pop rock. Upon its release, the album received positive reviews from music critics, who noted Lauper's unique vocals. Lauper earned several awards and accolades for the album, including two Grammy Awards at the 27th Grammy Awards, one of which was for Best New Artist. She's So Unusual peaked at number four on the Billboard 200 chart and stayed in the chart's top forty for 65 weeks. It has sold over 6 million copies in the United States and 16 million copies worldwide. This makes it Lauper's best-selling album to date and one of the best-selling albums of the 1980s. In 2003, She's So Unusual was ranked at number 494 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and it subsequently placed at number 184 in a 2020 reboot of the list. In 2019, the album was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Recording Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

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Rating

3.45

Votes

5998

Genres

  • Pop
  • Rock
  • New Wave
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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Synthesizer-laden, bustling songs that perform an incredible sleight of hand of taking themes (and even songs) and shift the focus ever so slightly to the narrator’s perspective, whose voice barrels through the instrumentation. We get songs like “Money Changes Everything” and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”, the former a song by the Brains about a man whose girlfriend leaves to be with a wealthier man and the latter a song written by Robert Hazard about his girlfriends. The Brains’ song is retold from the perspective of the woman (a defense of women chasing money) and Hazard’s song is reworked into a statement about the right of women to have fun. All of these changes are dressed in the sort of new-wave noise that infects the whole album, resulting in bouncy songs that defy expectations, propelled along by Lauper’s undeniably powerful voice. “When You Were Mine” is a perfect cover, taking the spirit of a song and inflecting it with something new, something unique to the new voice performing it. Lauper deftly does that, not improving but completely transforming Prince’s song. “Time After Time” and “She Bop” are the first original songs on the album and, lest it be worried that all Lauper was capable of was covering other’s music, both are incredible. I am partial to “She Bop”, a stunning song intended as a double entendre (although, I’m not convinced a song that references a gay porn magazine is being sly). Nothing much more needs to be said about “Time After Time”, simply a classic song. The second half of the album really begins to fall flat. I didn’t love either “All Through the Night” or “Yeah Yeah”. The former just feels out of place in the album, it also drags a bit. I am not sure what it is about “Yeah Yeah”, but Lauper’s voice feels flatter than anywhere else in the album and toned down––something is just lacking in it. However, I do love the little voice that whines in the background during the verses and I think the dolphin noise she makes is incredible. It’s a song I really want to love, but just can’t give myself completely to. “I’ll Kiss You” is frantic, loud, and feels like it’s literally coming off the tracks the length of the song. I get the sense that if “Yeah Yeah” sounded more like this, I would be able to love it. Overall, an incredible album. I love the way Lauper crafted a decidedly feminist new-wave sound, using preexisting material (“Money Changes Everything”; “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”) and without that material (“She Bop”; “I’ll Kiss You”). A near perfect debut. I would give it a 9/10 if I could, but a 5 will have to do on here. Also, it isn’t lost on me that I described the Cardigans as punk in a prom dress and Cyndi Lauper (a new-wave phenom drawing from all sorts of punk and post-punk acts) is literally wearing a prom dress on this album cover. I tried to think of a way to continue the analogy without making it convoluted. this is the best I have: Lauper is the sort of punk that goes to prom in a punkified prom dress. It’s not perfect, but I also think this is a fucking stupid analogy to keep up.

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Sun Jul 25 2021
5

You can stick Madonna up your arse, this is how you do perfect '80s pop.

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Sun Jul 25 2021
4

Cyndi Lauper, now that's a name I haven't heard since.... It was January 1985, I was visiting my parents at the lake. It's so beautiful there in the winter and it gives me the peace and quiet to work on my dancing. One morning, fresh from a hectic pirouette session, I was walking along the waterside when a young woman approached me looking, no staring, right in my direction. A playful smile across her lips and one breast hanging out, she tackled me to the ground and shoved her tongue to the back of my throat. We were swept into a whirlwind of love, sex and cheese and four magical days later, we married. Things were going well until one frightful day in late February. I returned home to find my lover naked in the kitchen on her knees, bent over with her hungry brown Sheriff's Badge pointing towards me. At first I thought it was a sexy treat for yours truly to devour, but to my horror, I turned to see my own father stood there, naked from the waist down, hanging out his foot. I gasped as one by one each of his toes climbed inside my wife's crusty anus, until the heel could no longer be seen and all that was left was shin. Her peachy bum had swallowed his whole foot and he was wearing her like a fleshy shoe. Needless to say, Cyndi and I parted ways not long after...although my father and I do often reminisce about the incident.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

Cyndi should have been as big as Madonna. She's more talented, and she has such a powerful voice. I can't remember the last time I listened to the whole album and I had forgotten about the range of songs that are on it. Time After Times makes this a 5 all on its own.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
2

A whole album of Lauper is far too much Lauper. There's some decent pop going on here, most of which has already been played to death on radio stations over the decades. I don't mind hearing a bit of Lauper now and again, but not this much, not like this, I'm drowning in Lauper.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

The history books suggest this album was released in November, 1983. I suppose that's technically true, but there isn't an album that sounds like the watershed year of 1984 as much as this album does. And it's impact was really felt for ALL of 1984. It goes to great lengths to SOUND like it's from 1984. Look no further than my favorite song from the album, "All Through The Night". It's close to a perfect song, save for the decision to lay that synthesizer on in a way that only the '80's would allow. There were seemingly countless master works released in 1984. This one comes right out of the gate with 6 absolute bangers before losing steam on the last four songs. But that six-pack of songs (one, it should be pointed out, was written by Prince Rogers Nelson, perhaps 1984's most prolific artist who could go no wrong at the time) belong in a time capsule. The, ahem, timeless "Time After Time" is Cyndi's signature song. Her "Bridge Over Troubled Water". The song current and future generations cover, cry to, and slow dance to at proms. It's the one song certain to keep Cyndi Lauper around in whatever way people listen to the radio and music for years to come.

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Sat Aug 21 2021
3

Cyndi Lauper est si unusual qu'elle a créé un groupe Facebook s'appelant "Si toi aussi" mais que personne ne s'est jamais identifié à ses publications.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
3

Fun. They just wanna, y'all. So interesting. Like, do you think the person who made this was just a character that Cyndi Lauper played for a number of years, or is this truly what she's like when she's just hanging out eating egg rolls with her friends? Some good, infectious tunes and some that I'd be fine never hearing again. Also, it never really dawned on me how sort of ominous the music of "She Bop" is for a song about masturbation. Different strokes *ahem* for different folks, I guess.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
1

what a disgusting voice

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

The fact that I’ve never even bothered to look up this album is bewildering to me. I LOVE Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and have for such a long time. Time After Time is a fucking classic and a half. God this album is just exceptional. Cyndi really knocked it out of the park, He’s So Unusual into Yeah Yeah is just a banger of a closure to this wonderful album!

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Sat Aug 07 2021
5

Cyndi is in peak form here. So fun, upbeat, quirky, and dancy!

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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

This is seriously out there and I love it. Took me a while to get past the immediate 'heard this a thousand times' reaction but Girls Just Wanna Have Fun would have meant a lot of things to a lot of people in '83. Fell down a Cindy YouTube rabbit hole and it seems like she was pretty radical even by early 80s standards; love the look, love the voice, love the attitude. Some of this stuff verges on Talking Heads/B52s styles - Yeah Yeah is an especially outrageous tune.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

I hadn't heard this album in full until this review, though its influence on the 80s is undeniable. The fact that half the album is hits is saying something. Money changes everything and i'll kiss you are welcome additions to the rest of the hits - girls just want to have fun, time and time, she bop, all through the night, and he's so unusual. The whole album is bristling with female energy - that's the best way I can put it. It's a great perspective and it's never vapid - sometimes the music industry dumbs down the music of female artist unfairly. All through the night is pure poetry and my favorite song on the album. Totally inspired by late nights of teenage love where everything that led to that moment is gone and there is no future - just the present and it is good. A phenomenal accomplishment.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Probably wouldn't have given this album a listen outside of something along the lines of this. I did not realize time after time was on this album. Most of the songs on this are absolute classics, music I grew up with and didn't even realize. Lots of love for this one. Great place to start.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

The soundtrack to my teenage years, but somehow I never actually had the album or listened to the album straight through before. I also apparently never really took a close look at the album cover art, which is stunning and spot on, showy and fun at first glance but also deeply melancholy, nostalgic, and even a touch hopeless. Turns out the picture was taken by Annie Leibovitz in Coney Island, which tracks. I've always liked the hits - Time after Time, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Money Changes Everything and She Bop - especially back in the day. I do feel like Time after Time still stands up today; obviously 80's but simple and pretty enough to still be timeless. I'm sorry I had not previously heard When You Were Mine. Lauper's voice is clear and strong and emotive and perfectly suited to the bouncy but by turns subversive and sentimental songs. I don't love every single track, and even the good ones sound dated now, but there's no denying that all together this is a great album and a stunning debut.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

A great example of early 80s New Wave, where guitar solos were replaced by synths. Lauper shows off her songwriting chops and made a phenomenal debut album. It was almost too good and there was nowhere to go but down, she never had the same success on her later albums.

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Sat Jan 08 2022
4

8.7/10 This is everything a pop album should be from the vocal ability, catchy earworms to relatable lyrics from happy go lucky to more solemn emotions encased in just 1 tape

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

This record probably houses two of Cyndi's most famous releases - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and Time After Time. It's a very pop heavy record, with the iconic sounds of the 80s including heavy synths and electronic drum beats. Coupled with Cyndi on the album cover, full of costume jewellery, fishnets, bright make-up and that glorious mullet, it signals a grand entrance to what 80s pop was really known for. Best: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun; Time After Time Worst: All Through the Night

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

Brazening a Prince cover and two huge statements in the first three songs, Lauper's pop instincts remain pretty much perfect the whole way through. The piquancy of her unusualness drops a little as she nabs the rhythm from 'Pressure Drop' for 'Witness', but she pulls it back with the uncontained sexuality of 'I'll Kiss You'. The highlight among so many highlights is 'She Bop'--the kind of unbridled pop nonsense that only comes around once in a blue moon. As significant a statement about the unknowability of what make pop pop as 'My Sharona' or 'Louie Louie'. It's probably about wanking. I hope it's about wanking.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

Another pop pillar of my youth I haven’t sat down to listen to in many years. The songs are masterfully constructed, though at album length I found the signing trying - a little too much and too sustained of that high and tight thing. Clearly by intent: the odd Betty Boop homage towards the end makes it clear Lauper knows what she’s about. The solid backing in a lower register on Time After Time really balances that aspect out and for me it could use more of that. Still super iconic and great.

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Sat Dec 04 2021
3

Define "mixed feelings". On one hand, this really isn't my music. Yes, Girls just want to have fun is catchy is all sorts of ways, but I think I can safely say generic pop music hasn't been my thing back then and certainly isn't my thing today. However, there is a lot of versatility in this album, as well as some undeniable historical impact. So I will err to towards the positive with my rating, if only for the sake of She Bop.

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Tue May 18 2021
2

The 80s were a hard time for music. Technology was making a lot of new sounds possible and it seems that very few people stopped to wonder if they SHOULD use those new, blippy-bloopy, zip-zap synths just because they could. The end result is a lot of music that's just not good. This album among them. "Time After Time" is a fairly well-written song and Cyndi Lauper is a pretty talented vocalist so the album is saved from a failing mark ... but only just.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
2

The 80s are strong with this one and I really don't feel like this album has aged particularly well. I've heard covers of Cindy Lauper songs in somewhat different styles which I really enjoyed. The originals I don't enjoy, as it turns out.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
2

Прослушивание 1: Обзор на треки : 1 Ну типичная попсня для конца фильма 2 А почему это хит? ну и попсня! 3 Норм синтезаторы, но всеравно попсня 4 Красиво поёт)))) но посня.... 5 Гитара классная, но пепсня посня... и что за бобы? я не шарю? 6 Очень хотелось скипнуть песню, какая же она скучная.... попсня..... 7 Может заставить дрыгать ногу, аккуратно. Мотив отдалённо напоминает кантри. А контри говно! Как и попсня! 8 Что за межпланетная попсня. Эти синтезаторы с космическими звуками надоели! Но вторая половина чатично норм...... 9 Ладно.... нет слов... а зачем это тут? Опопсеть можно... 10 Ачё, звучит попсово! Я даже добавлю этот трек :) единственный с альбома правда..... Прослушивание 2: На фоне слушать сложно, но можно! Очень сильно бьёт в голову, не делайте песни громкими. Песня 4 заставляет задуматься..... едешь в закат на воей фуре и не понимаешь что происходитт то вообще.... как ЕГЭ сдать.... как сказать матери, что куришь.... сложно.... Альбом явно не должен быть в этом топе, слишком он посредственный. Возможно для тех лет это прорыв, но сейчас это звучит ужасно. Добавил 6, красиво, погорячился). Переслушивание 3: не могу... я не дослушал.... Вывод: Устаревшая попса на любителя. Понравится тем кто любит красивый голос, или старые синтезаторы. Я бы такое слушать не стал, но некоторым друзьям порекомендую. 2/5 или 4/10 или 4,8/12

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Wed Aug 04 2021
1

Her voice is so damn annoying drags way too long. Instrumentation cool 2/10

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Mon May 10 2021
5

such a huge album both commercially and critically. So many hits!

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Mon May 17 2021
5

Time after time is one of those classics I completely forgot for so long and now rediscovered with fiery passion. Cindy is an amazing artist and I'm glad I found her name again.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

a lot more interesting and deeper than I'd expected. captures a more realistic 80s vibe as a whole rather than the oversold plastic neon highlights that 80s music lists usually share.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
5

So many hits.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

The hits are good and there’s some strong ballads. I didn’t care for the generic themed songs like swing and jazz rock.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

This is awesome... had no idea.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

Listened to this when I was a preteen and it was nice to revisit. Because I was listening in YouTube I got to see some awesome videos too. Fun vibes - girls just wanna have fun and time after time are my favourites

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

Great album that brings back so many memories.

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Sat May 15 2021
5

This album is so good it’s actually staggering. It really has everything and sounds unbelievable

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Mon Feb 15 2021
5

Wasn’t enjoying the live aspects. Some tracks I didn’t know Cyndi Lauper recorded. Don’t think I will go back to revisit this as much as the others so far.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
5

Legend, full of bangers

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

En este LP está su mejor canción Time after Time.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
5

good

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Fri Apr 02 2021
5

Great piece of pop music, listened 2

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Wed Jul 07 2021
5

Awesome

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Wed Jun 09 2021
5

Amazing debut album. Classic cover. 4 hits.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Great, classic, pop album. The overwhelming success of "Girls just wanna have fun" makes you want to forget it, but there are so many good tracks on this album outside of "Girls..."

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Wed May 12 2021
5

Banger

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Wed May 26 2021
5

Great pop album that isn’t just the same song for 11 tracks.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

good

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Thu Sep 23 2021
5

I didn't get to listen to all of this one, but it's a classic sound of the 80s!

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

Girls Just Want to Have Fun. Cindy Lauper, the best.

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Sun Nov 21 2021
5

Excelente disco. Fresco y lleno de éxitos

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Tue Dec 14 2021
5

Cámara. No esperaba que fuera un buen disco. Y en realidad es un perro discazo.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

So cool. Finding out how much I liked this album was a surprise.

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Sat Jan 29 2022
5

I remember a point in the mid 80s when it was "Cyndi Lauper vs Madonna". I was on Team Madonna, but I wish I'd been on both teams (lol) because She's So Unusual is such a good album and I feel like it would have been beneficial for me as a kid to be exposed to Cyndi Lauper's wild pop. There's something to be said for an album where the first six tracks are all pop classics (and the rest of the album is just as good). It's even the case that the mega hit "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" isn't even the best track on the album. And how many pop stars have had a hit with a song about flicking the bean? I love the influences of artists like Prince and the B-52s, getting all the coolest bits of new wave and making a pop masterpiece.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

És gairebé un greatest hits de la millor música pop dels 80. Té tot el necessari per fer-te feliç una estona. Estiu pur

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

Esse álbum!!! 1983 e Cindy traz de volta a base de guitarra inspirada em Sexy Pistols com The Doors, mas ainda assim original! Money Changes everyting abre essa obra de arte, seguido de Girls Just wanna have fun, que projetou Cindy pro mundo. E Time After Time é o ponto alto desse play! Lindo!!!!

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

I never owed this album. I didn't need to; all the songs were all over the radio and TV. Top notch pop production with some stud session players. Heavy synthesizer per the day but still sounds fresh. Of course, Cyndi Lauper's voice and vocal range are the stars. Six singles were released from this album with five hitting the Billboard top five: "Girls Just Want to Have Fun", "Time After Time", She-Bop", " Money Changes Everything " and " All Through the Night." Her cover of Prince's "When You Were Mine" is a hidden gem. 5/5

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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

This whole album was utterly fantastic. I wasn't expecting to like it so much but it was incredible the whole way through. The last few songs weren't the best but even those were catchy after a couple of listens. She really has a strong, unique voice and the tunes were all interesting (in an 80s sensibility sort of way). I can't get "Witness" out of my head.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

Fantastic.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
5

I love the opening of "Money Changes Everything." Does it sound a bit like David Bowie? Also, "When You Were Mine" sounds like it belongs in the Umbrella Academy soundtrack.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
5

Ova Cindy je zvijezda, naravno za dan žena! Nisan imala pojma da su pola albuma hitovi😁 Moćan glas i sve ostalo me baš dojmilo

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Wed Mar 16 2022
5

The top singles were huge, but even so they don't convey how huge this album was on release. The first 6 tracks got regular radio airplay and Ms. Lauper was all over MTV. A number of the tracks are inescapably stuck in the 80's (like the cover of "When You Were Mine") but the record seriously stands the test of time (after time . . .)

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Mon Mar 21 2022
5

Classic rock is classic. Cyndi Lauper is one of those treasures that we don’t celebrate nearly as much as we should.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
5

Ah. this is her famous album, the one with hit after hit. I may have been born after the hype of She's So Unusual but i do remember hearing this album growing up and abosutely loved it and to this day I still do.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
5

The album starts off with a bang which is pretty cool. I don’t know about the vocals and the way Cyndi Lauper sings them though, it’ll probably grow on me. It did. I like the harmonica in the first song. All through the night is pretty good too. Girls just wanna have fun is pretty good Time after time is my favorite song so far Yeah yeah has a GREAT intro

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

So much fun to revisit this album! It is chock-full of great 80s hits. Still, I learned a few new things after spending some time with this today. Like “When You Were Mine” was written by Prince. Over the years the monster hits off this have overshadowed a lot of other great material on this album, so it was a real pleasure to listen to it from beginning to end. Cyndi Lauper is one of the great feminist pop icons. Her songs are lyrically powerful, incredibly well-crafted and highly entertaining. One of the greatest 80s albums around!

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

Super fun new wave album with a ton of hit singles. Going from squeaky to deep and throaty, Lauper's voice is unlike any other. A great listen for today.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

It’s fun when some 80s pop comes up on the list. I did not know this entire album…only the bunch of tracks that were hits. Cyndi Lauper is a treasure and her hits from this album are iconic. The other tracks that I discovered today are also great. Applause!

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

One of the pleasures of this project is discovering delightful new favorites. Another great pleasure, like today's, is rediscovering artists and music that I've taken for granted and giving them a deserved closer look. Cyndi Lauper is an absolute jewel and I am so happy to have spent some time with her. I was 15 when this album came out and Cyndi Lauper became a phenomenon. It's hard to express how novel she was, especially because I think she has had so much influence on style since then. I think I had it in my head at that age that being outside the mainstream meant being gloomy. For me, she was someone who was not only exuberantly different, but always fun and humorous. Wow! This could work! Just the cover of this album makes me smile with its pose and primary colors. We're going to have some fun! And this was fun. The four hit singles, which yesterday I might have told you were a bit worn out, shone brightly on a careful re-listen. (The three music videos, a big part of the old MTV days that I hadn't watched in decades, are masterpieces.) As I had never owned this album, I loved hearing the whole thing, with six other songs that were all enjoyable. I love the variety of styles and moods. "She Bop" is wicked fun, and "Time after Time" has some of the most lovely lyrics. This was the introduction of a national treasure.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
5

The fact that She Bop follows Time After Time says everything about this album. Everything she does is joyful.

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Sat Apr 30 2022
5

So many memories and this is timeless!

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Mon May 09 2022
5

Boys also enjoy fun

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Thu May 12 2022
5

Love this album

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Mon May 23 2022
5

Un clásico de clásicos

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Fri Jun 10 2022
5

It’s really weird, to be honest. Even for 80s pop, it’s just a little bit out there. However, that’s what makes this album for me. All the weirdness in instrument choice and melodies culminates into a captivating album. The first half is definitely more geared toward pop sounds while the second half is where those oddities are mainly present. Favorite track: Girls Just Want to Have Fun

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Mon Jun 27 2022
5

A perfect pop album!

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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

OK, Cindy Lauper. I do know "Girls wanna have fun". I was at the age of 4 when this album got out. First song was okay. Your general 80s music. But as the album went on, i was surprised about how many songs i actually knew. Somehow the music an the voice got into my heart and struck a solid 4.5 for me.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

This is definitely a quintessential 80's album, and it definitely makes me want to go jam out at a mountain lake in the middle of nowhere till 2 a.m.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

Cyndi Lauper is a Queen. 👑

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Sat Aug 27 2022
5

Bit front loaded but so many bangers. Was a joy.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

I was in high school when this was released and it took me back. Fantastic album arhat captures that era beautifully. Cyndi was at her peak on that album.

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Sat Oct 15 2022
5

What an insane debut. She goes from the unstoppable cosmic blast of joy in Girls Just Want to Have Fun, to the tenderness of Time After Time, slays a Prince cover, turns out an anthem about masturbation in 1984, and drops one of the best sing along songs of all time (All Through the Night). And that’s just in the first 6 songs. I’ll admit I haven’t listened to the back half too often. She threw a decent ska track in there (Witness)—OK I can go with her on that one. “I’ll Kiss You” is a little iffy but I can’t fault the techno funk intro at least. The Betty Boop interlude “He’s so Unusual” is harmless fun I guess. “Yeah Yeah” almost sounds like Oingo Boingo in a good way, but the vocal overdubs are a little too distracting. OK now I get why this might be a little overlooked. The huge drop off of the last three leaves you with some doubt about where the record stands in music history. But I don’t care. She did 5 stars worth in the first 20 minutes, so she gets to flex on the world with a weird victory lap after that.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

Maybe because this came pout when I was 13, but this is one of the all time great pop albums. Six singles, all great, front loaded as the fist six tracks, and even the following filler is listenable. "He's so unusual", a novelty joke, doesn't out-stay its welcome. Clearly of its time, but without suffering from it, this energetic and distinctive album is upbeat, funny, energetic and ear-catching. The production is definitely 80s, and heavy of the synths, but manages to maintain an organic energy by becoming too reliant on the technology. It's still, at heart, a kind of new wave pop/rock record. Most of the songs are technically 'covers', although obscure picks. "When you were mine" was an album cut and b-side, which Lauper makes her own. Prince's refusal to let her change the lyrics at all leads to her frankly tortured enunciation of the word "guy" to try and make it sound like "girl", if you sort of squint. But not changing it makes the song more interesting in terms of gender roles. If the object of her affection is going with another guy, then they are clearly bisexual (gender unspecified). I can't think of another good example of this until Me'Shell NdegéOcello's cover of "Who is he and what is he to you", ten years after this. The big singles ("girls just want to have fun", "she-bop", "time after time") are all impeccable pop classics. I really like Lauper's singing. It is a strange voice, but powerful and distinctive. You know who it is as soon as she starts singing. She has a wider range and variety of tone than she often gets credit for, and I think she really sells the songs. I really enjoy this record (which I occasionally spin to this day), and regard it is one of the all time classics of unashamed pop. Five stars.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

Epic album

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Sat Nov 26 2022
5

Side 1 is an all-all-timer, and why Lauper remains a legend nearly 40 years after this album. Even if the biggest hits are 80s cliches at this point, they're still fun and exciting every time I hear them. I feel like she gets way underrated mostly because Madonna also existed (who I love too, no shade here). When You Were Mine is Prince's greatest new wave song, so it's great to hear it here to and keeping some of the gender fun with the pronouns. Side 2 leads off with She Bop, one of the all time great masturbation songs, and is a cool mix of sounds (next is a ballad, a reggae/dub track, a Gary Numan new wave freak out about kissing, a novelty song that was co-written by a non-grandpa Al Lewis, and a glammed out party song, in that order)

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Mon Dec 12 2022
5

loooove it

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Wed Dec 21 2022
5

Classic

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Tue Jan 03 2023
5

Wonderful album!

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Tue Jan 03 2023
5

Nostalgia in all the right ways. Feels like I'm in an 80s rom com with the dreamy synths. Recognized a lot of songs just from in passing

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Sun Jan 08 2023
5

Awesome

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Sat Jan 21 2023
5

Normally I would not give an album 5 stars if I did not like at least half the tracks on it, but this one is an exception. Even though I only particularly liked 4 out of 10 of the tracks, at least 3 of those songs I know for a fact are still widely listened to even today. So many songs on this album have withstood the test of time and will never get old. I love Cyndi Lauper!

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Mon Sep 28 2020
4

A pop album oozing with personality and super reflective of the musical era it occurred in.

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Mon Jan 11 2021
4

4 star, solid pop music

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Mon May 31 2021
4

pretty nice

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

I had forgotten how unique and almost incredibly annoying her voice is.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

Great album! I can listen to this on repeat while I work

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

80'er, girls wanna have fun, time after time Lettere skrigende

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

lots of classics on here I didn't know were the same artist

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Sat May 29 2021
4

This was just so fun and synthy and intensely replayable.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Surprised me. Really enjoyed it.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

Great 80s pop. When You Were Mine is fun, and Time After Time is still a bop.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

Freaky deeky and too much going on at times but found myself singing my heart out not even to the hits. Money changes everything. I'll kiss you. I Cyndi Laup'ed it up x

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Sun Jun 27 2021
4

This was one of the first albums I ever owned as a child so it holds a special place in my heart. It is dated af but charming and fun. Cyndi's vocals are wild and most of the songs are bops. When You Were Mine is a real standout. Lovely to revisit this 30+ years later.

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