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Classic Album Review: Cyndi Lauper | At Last

The quirky popster reins it in for a set classic covers you might actually want to hear.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Another week, another album of standards covered by a veteran pop vocalist with the help of an orchestra.

This time it’s Cyndi Lauper — formerly known as the girl who just wanted to have fun — who’s tripping down memory lane with her new disc At Last. But even though the concept is pure bandwagon-jumping, Lauper’s disc has a couple of things going for it: 1) She still has a helluva voice (and knows enough to rein in her more cartoonish vocal tics in the service of these tunes); and 2) Her memory lane includes ’60s hits like Burt Bacharach’s Walk On By, The Righteous BrothersUnchained Melody, the Etta James title cut, Smokey Robinson’s You’ve Really Got A Hold on Me, The AnimalsDon’t Let Me Be Misunderstood and The ZodiacsStay. OK, so maybe Smokey isn’t exactly Cole Porter. But at least you get the sense that these are tunes Lauper might actually listen to. And that helps make At Last one of the few classic-crooner cover discs you might actually want to listen to as well.