For Carmen: As much as I enjoyed Cyndi Lauper's Bring Ya To The Brink, it was patently obvious that she was faking it in order to give her audience some of what it wanted—a gay-friendly diva singing club music. She's far better just singing and riffing, as she was on The Late Show with David Letterman last night, belting "Early in the Morning" with Allen Toussaint on the piano.
Reminds me a bit—if not in sound, then in milieu and style—of her grand days with Blue Angel, when the unusual part was just window dressing and the vocals were the main draw. You remember, like this (unfortch not live):
Lauper's Memphis Blues is out June 22 on Downtown Records...and she's touring!