You know, we dig Cyndi Lauper for her commitment to the LGBT community but we just can’t forget about her music. That’s how we came to love her in the first place. I always dug how she was able to get past her kitschy pop debut and evolve into a respectable and substantial artist. She ventured into flat-out dance music with her last album Bring Ya to the Brink but I always thought 2005’s The Body Acoustic was a gem. She revisited some of her old work with a more straightforward musical touch. Check how she turned “Money Changes Everything” above into a dittie that sounds like its out of any old Americana songbook. Although, Shaggy’s guest appearance in the album on “All Through the Night” was a bit jarring.
Cyndi Lauper performs at the House of Blues, Aug. 11 at 8 p.m. $30–$55. Tickets go on sale Friday.