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CYNDI LAUPER
THE BODY ACOUSTIC
Epic/Daylight

Leave it to lifelong pop-cult weirdo Cyndi Lauper to subvert the creaky tradition of the aging rockerís late-career roots-music make-under. Joined by her long-time producer, Rick Chertoff, Lauper recasts her old hits in tasteful new arrangements that accentuate the tunesí timeless singer-songwriter verities more than their í80s-pop eccentricities. (After all, you donít call in Sarah McLachlan, as she does for "Time After Time" and "Waterís Edge," to get the party started.) Smothered in acoustic guitars and syrupy strings, though, Lauper still canít help but let her freak flag fly. In a brisk "Money Changes Everything" she gets a bizarro assist from Adam Lazzara of Long Island emo brats Taking Back Sunday. She spruces up "All Through the Night" with a surprisingly simpático guest verse from dancehall veteran Shaggy. And Japanese hyper-pop duo Puffy AmiYumi show up for a zippy ska version of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." Just to keep us guessing, Lauper gives her most sedate reading to "She Bop," her once-controversial ode to masturbation. Nothing beats hearing "I canít stop messing with the danger zone" over warm campfire guitar strums.

Cyndi Lauper | Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 East Merrimack Street, Lowell | Dec 17 | 617.931.2000

BY MIKAEL WOOD


Issue Date: December 16 - 22, 2005
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