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Classic Album Review: Cher | Living Proof

The singer proves old divas never die; they just fade away like an overcopied Xerox.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


If you believe Cher still has anything creative and innovate to offer after Believe, Living Proof will quickly disabuse you of that notion.

This major-label followup to the well-preserved 55-year-old’s career-revitalizing 1998 album is nothing short of a blatant carbon copy, right down to the synthesized vocals and Hi-NRG dance beats. The only new touches already seem old — a couple of tracks pack the sort of Latino-flamenco grooves that peaked about a year ago. “This is a different kind of love song,” Cher assures us. No it’s not, honey. It’s the same exact song you sold us three years ago. Living Proof is living proof that old divas never die; they just fade away like an overcopied Xerox.