Cyndi Lauper, the underestimated 80s Pop-Princess with an edge, finally returns with a collection of acoustic versions of her hits. The "stripped" style of this album is slightly disconcerting at first, particularly if you remember these tracks the first time round. However, the simplicity of production actually makes the beauty of Cyndi's vocal and the accomplishment of the songwriting more apparent than it ever has been. Afterall, this is the woman that had vied for chart success with Madonna once upon a decade. She was the Christina Aguilera to Madonna's Britney. In the chart battle Ms Lauper ultimatly lost, but what 'The Body Acoustic' is testament to is that, unlike Madonna, this woman can actually write and sing! And boy can she sing!
As well as all the old favourites (with a difference) there are a couple of great new tracks and some brilliant guest vocals (Sarah Mclachlan, Ani Di Franco, Vivian Green, Shaggy, Jeff Beck, Adam Lazzara, Puffy Ami Yumi). This is a fab album from an amazing artist. Don't go away again!