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Cher - still a contemporary artist at 67
on 2 September 2017
Fans had to wait a very long time for international superstar Cher to deliver a new album, twelve years in fact. There was time when, before the release of 'Closer to the Truth' in 2013, I believed that there would never be another one, but it came eventually, and I found myself feeling disappointed by her 25th album.
This is mostly a dance-pop record, and whilst I do favour those rock-days and treasure my copy of her underrated R+B 'It's A Man's World' album, I still enjoyed parts of 'Believe', and most of it's follow-up 'Living Proof', both of which were dance records. Whilst I understand that Cher has always kept up with the contemporary styles (something she does brilliantly), and this was very much a record which sounded of 2013, I just think that she is so much better than most of the songs here, which I do find repetitive and overbearing. Once more, the production often drowns out her vocals, and this is a woman with a beautiful voice which needs to be heard.
Thankfully, there are also some very nice ballads here, which manage to save 'Closer to the Truth' for me, namely the enchanting 'Sirens', the fantastic version of Miley Cyrus' 'I Hope You Find It', which truly moved me, and it became a sizeable hit in the UK, where it peaked at no.25, and 'Lie to Me', which was the perfect track to end the album out before the three added songs. Out of the dance tracks, there are two which I do care for, the comforting 'My Love' and 'Lovers Forever', which is quite good fun. The final bonus song, 'You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me' really allows Cher's voice to be heard, and it's a great track, the kind I have expected from her when I got news of this album. Six good songs out of fourteen isn't so bad, and so I feel that rating this one three stars is fair, but I just wish Cher had recorded more ballads for what was a much anticipated, and long overdue release.
There is no doubt that this woman sounded decades younger than her 67 years when she released 'Closer to the Truth', and if you enjoy contemporary, electronic dance music, you will probably appropriate the majority of it's songs a lot more than I do. 'I Hope You Find It' now sits comfortably among my favourite Cher songs, and for that alone, I have got to recommend all fans to give this one a listen. The album got better for me as it went on.