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It's nice is to be proven wrong,
This review is from: Bring Ya To The Brink (Audio CD)
When I first looked at the 5-star rating in the U.S. (after more than 100 people voted on it) and in the UK (with 10+ people all giving it 5 stars) I became slightly suspicious. Was it possible to get such a level of consensus on what seemed to me a past-due-date artist? Or was it simply perhaps the gay community rallying behind one of its favourite heroines? Some sort of a payback. I had to find out...
I've always been a big fan of Cyndi's voice. I've always listed her as one of the top-5 female voices in the business. But as many may agree, I thought that after her first couple of albums like many other artists she had no powder left in her. But it's nice to be proven wrong. This is a great album.
With hints of rap in 'Into the Nightlife' or of Aretha Franklin/Pointer Sisters in 'Give it up' or even of OMD's in 'Echo'. But please do not take this comment in the direction that the album is a pastiche/meltdown of sounds and styles. No. Better to understand it like a description of a wine that has hints of vanilla, berries, and oak, and yet is none of them. It is the particular blend of the ingredients that give the wine its own personality.
It's in some way, an album that stops time. It seems that we are back in 1985 and that nothing else has happened: the wars in Iraq and none of Bush administrations; the internet and the dot com bubble; or even, the housing crisis. It brings the optimism from that era to today's doom and gloom. It's such a needed therapy! For a sample of this you only have to listen to Echo with its Limahl-esque sounds of Never Ending Story or Set Your Heart with its 'Love-Cruise' style trumpets.
If I had to say a negative would be the over use of the 'neon' sound, but even then it would like saying there's too much guitar on Led Zepellin or too much Piano on Billy Joel.
Must songs: Echo, Into the Nightlife, Lay Me Down; Give It Up; Set Your Heart; Rain On Me
Do not be tempted to song-picked this album. There's no point.