The wait is finally over! 80's Icon and Pop Superstar, Cyndi Lauper, is prepping a country music album for a 2016 release. And because this is so, the burden (kidding, obviously) now falls on me to debate whether or not this is a good move for her.
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: The Early Icon.
Best known for her 1980's pop numbers "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", "True Colors", and "Time After Time", Cyndi Lauper has established herself as one of the greatest women in music, without having to be vividly risque or subjecting herself to the idea of a "perfect woman". She did so by dying her hair bright orange, wearing wild outfits only she could have concocted, and singing songs that actually meant something instead of just being the type of artist who sings a song with the single purpose of making money.
She instantly became an icon for many women, girls, anyone who felt the oppression of society, the overwhelming weight to bring them down. When the song was first brought to her, she changed it so dramatically from its original form, that it became the exact opposite of its original lyrics and an anthem for women all around the world.
More, More, More!
With tracks like "Good Enough", "Money Changes Everything", and "She Bop" Cyndi Lauper would continue to hold onto her crown as America's favorite party pop-song princess.
This Presents a Particular Problem
Fans may not be so willing to accept Lauper's next venture, especially if it is as dedicated to country music as she claims. Fans of hers who have been waiting and waiting for another pop album will surely find themselves disappointed when news of this reaches them, all over the world.
Cyndi Lauper has never been an artist of the conventional. If there was ever something she desperately desired to do, she did it and she did it with massive critical and commercial success. For example...
The Body Acoustic: A Step in the Right Direction
Lauper's 2005 release, The Body Acoustic, showcased her unedited vocal prowess as she sang through a set list of her favorite songs from her entire career. It was beautiful, it was amazing, and it sold really well for her. Fans loved it, the critics loved it, so even though there were no typical dance numbers on the album, she still managed to put out one of the best of her career.
From Pop Diva to Blues Babe
Lauper's latest album, 2010's Memphis Blues, gave the singer a chance to return to her roots as a blues musician, referring to early on in her career when she would perform Janis Joplin tributes. Memphis Blues was the number one Blues album on the Billboard Blues Chart for over three months. It spawned a national tour, a live DVD, and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album.
So, Can She Pull it Off?
Well, the short answer is yes. Yes, she can. Cyndi Lauper can pretty much do anything she wants and produce something truly spectacular. She's never fallen short of the goal of entertaining her massive fan base. I'm sure with the release of her yet-to-be-titled forthcoming album, she won't break that tradition now.