Cyndi Lauper – “Bring Ya to the Brink!”

Cyndi Lauper Bring Ya To The Brink

Just when it seems like anything that could ever make its way onto top 40 should be burned a la Beatles records in the Bible Belt post “bigger than Jesus” comments, someone puts out an album to remind us why pop music exists. It’s just plain fun.

Trucks don’t break down, no one has any problems that can’t be solved with a good drum track and some reverb and death only happens in ’50s cars and doesn’t seem quite so bad when wrapped in three and a half minutes of perfectly produced musical candy.

Of course this doesn’t mean that all pop is created equal but there are those artists that can span the generations and still be found cool by the teen set.

Cyndi Lauper, like Madonna, is the epitome of a pop music queen. Her legions of dedicated fans aside she has a way of making you reconsider throwing out those leg warmers and neon plastic earrings. Well, maybe.

At any rate listening to Cyndi’s Bring Ya To The Brink! may not fully redeem you in the eyes of high schoolers who think MTV was made for shows featuring the inexplicably famous but its a way to help them understand the music part of “music television.”

The first tracks could pass for run-of-the-mill pop. They’ve got the drum machine and the echoes along with a ridiculously catchy chorus.

Towards the end tracks like Grab A Hold and Rain On Me) start to sound more like Cyndi from the Shine EP or even Sisters of Avalon. They are softer and have less of the dance club glitter vibe.

All of them have the classic Cyndi feel but avoid sounding too similar, with the exception of High and Mighty and Into the Nightlife which seem to blend together but only in a medley style way.

Give it a few spins through the CD player, and give it a bit of time to grow on you if you’re super-attached to the sound of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

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