My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: She’s So Unusual is the debut album by NYC singer Cyndi Lauper. The album was recorded in the summer of 1983 and was released that August. The album features a mixture of covers and original songs written both for and by Lauper. It would go on to win two Grammy awards and sell over 16 million copies worldwide.
What I think: As you can guess, Lauper isn’t my normal cup of tea. She’s just too much of a straight pop musician and I don’t usually find that interesting. The fact that those statements are true though, just make this album more impressive. First, I actually know six of the ten songs on the album right off the bat. “When You Were Mine” I know, of course, from Prince but I have heard her version before. I do like it, but it really makes me want to go listen to the original after hearing it. The other cover I knew of is “Money Changes Everything” originally by The Brains, I’m only familiar with because of her version and I really like it.
That leaves the four other huge singles on the album and I love the two ballads “Time After Time” and especially “All Through the Night”, the latter of which I forgot about until hearing the album (which makes it more enjoyable as I haven’t heard it eight million times like the former). “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” is… well fun… but seems to belong to the women of the world and I guess you could say the same about the subversive and catchy as hell “She Bop”.
There are a couple of clunkers here towards the end with “Witness” which sounds like a bad reggae cover and “I’ll Kiss You”, but overall it is a very solid album for a collection of songs that were collected for the potential as singles.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I agree that this should be here, it’s one of those albums that I know more than half the songs without ever hearing it, that is an honor in itself.
Rating (Out of 5) 4
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (405/532)