Cyndi Lauper’s new album is ‘Detour.’ A collection of classic covers, it’s the pop music legend’s first-ever country music album, with such guest artists as Willie Nelson. Now critics are weighing in and here’s a roundup of reviews.
The now 62-year-old Cyndi Lauper rose to fame with her breakthrough 1983 hit, ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun”‘ from her debut album, ‘She’s So Unusual.’ Its celebratory music video has become one of the classics, and one we closly associate with the Eighties. But that was just the start. For decades she’s made an indelible mark upon pop culture and has been a music artist who has continued to surprise as her career takes paths no one might have predicted, not least, ‘Kinky Boots,’ her Tony Award winning Broadway musical.
Having taken on the blues in her 2010 album, ‘Memphis Blues,’ she now sets her sights on country music with ‘Detour’ and covers the likes of Patsy Cline’s iconic ‘Walkin’ After Midnight’ and Marty Robbins’s ‘Begging to You.’ Along with the aforementioned Willie Nelson, other illustrious guests include Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, and Alison Krauss.
In an interview with NPR, Cyndi Lauper said of her new foray into country music, “To me it’s like the roots of rock ‘n’ roll because it’s around the time period when rhythm and blues and country were very linked, just around the time Elvis kicked the doors down.”
As for literally traveling to Music City to record the album, she told People, “I felt welcomed here. In Nashville, musicians are musicians, and there is a common ground and respect for each other. Their warmth was very moving.”
Some might wonder, why now and why country music? When it comes to Cyndi Lauper and the choices she’s made over the years, perhaps the better question is, why not? As she told WSJ, “After awhile, I get tired of people telling me what I can and can’t do. I will go any which way from Sunday to find it, whether it’s taking a part in a movie, or taking a part in a TV show — challenging myself to grow.”
And, as is the case, when music artists ventures outside of whatever preconceptions we might have of them, the critical reception can be divided. But Cyndi Lauper has largely received favorable reviews. You can see a roundup below.
“….That iconic voice — its mush-mouthed vowels, supersonic yipping, and belting soar — is an unexpected fit for country, and it takes about two listens to get past the surprise factor and into the heart of the songs. But once you’re there, Detour makes all the right turns, never missing an opportunity to surprise the listener or stretch Cyndi’s style just far enough to keep things interesting…..” –Idolator
“….In a similar fashion to her jazz standards collection At Last and her sensational Blues collection Memphis Blues, Lauper commits wholeheartedly to the genre. A nod to her early inspirations, Detour is a collection of covers that sees Cyndi pay homage legends including to Wanda Jackson, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and Eddy Arnold. Faithful to the originals, without being a copycat, Detour is both effortlessly classic and excitingly contemporary simultaneously. ….” –VVN Music
“…Cyndi Lauper’s Detour, a trip into country territory after earlier forays into blues and pop standards, is all over the map, held together by her true north of a voice…..” –Gulf News
“….At the end of the day, however, Lauper shines brightest on her stunning and evocative take on Wilma Burgess’ hit “Misty Blue,” which she manages to hit out of the ballpark. The track shows the love and passion that she has for this kind of music – making it well worth your time and attention. Lauper isn’t trying to be anything other than…..Cyndi Lauper. And, at the end of the day, she does that very well indeed. ….” –Sounds Like Nashville
“….“Detour lacks any true direction. This stop-gap album is uniformly pleasant, but it is also rather pedestrian and predictable.”….” -Metro Weekly
“….Nevertheless, on a track-by-track level, Detour has a few stumbles — the biggest is “Night Life,” and that’s due to the gravelly growl of Willie Nelson, not Lauper — and if it’s taken as a collection of performances and not a coherent record, it’s fun. ….” — All Music
From pop music to now country music, the iconic star continues to forge ahead, being true to herself, as she’s said in interviews and winning over a majority of critics along the way. You can see music videos and Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Detour’ album cover art below!
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