1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

470. She’s So Unusual – Cyndi Lauper

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

Amazon Rating of She’s So Unusual 4.7

Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (405/532)

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