Release Date: May 27, 2008
Record label: Epic
Genre(s): Rock, Dance, Pop
It's hard to see any real pattern in Cyndi Lauper's recording career, as she bounces from style to style, sometimes with her eye on the charts but more often following her own muse. Released in the summer of 2008, Bring Ya to the Brink is her first album of original material to be released in the U.S. since 1997's Sisters of Avalon, and she hasn't exactly been quiet since then, doing collections of cabaret covers; releasing Shine, a pop album that wound up surfacing only in Japan; and reworking her own songs on The Body Acoustic, a 2005 album far more adventurous than its description suggests.
Though she’s never received the praise showered on performers like Madonna for constantly reinventing their sound, it’s no coincidence that Cyndi Lauper still manages towork and tour. Even though she’ll always be known more for She’s So Unusual, one of the best pop albums of the 80s, Lauper’s stabs at ultra-contemporary pop are equally convincing and surprisingly memorable. There are points of reference, of course, ranging from Daft Punk to Kylie, but Lauper’s personality, always her greatest asset, manages to come through on the bulk of Brink.
We all love Cyndi, though we've come to regard her as a camp relic. Not any more. Her new dance album – her 11th – is a brilliant collaboration with the likes of Basement Jaxx and the Scum Frog. She tackles euro disco, soul and pure pop. 'Rain on Me' should restore her to chart glory . This is ….