September 28, 2013

Cher and Cher Alike...

In a bold move destined to shatter stereotypes everywhere, this gay man bought/downloaded the new Cher album the day it was released. Okay, Okay, I actually pre-ordered it months ago, so yes some stereotypes may be true.

I have loved Cher since I was a kid and she was on that goofy variety show with Sonny,  through her 70s disco phase with Take Me Home, through her serious actress phase of Silkwood and Moonstruck, through the rock phase of I Found Someone, to the dance comeback of Believe, hell we even went to see Burlesque, and not a lot of people can say that.

And for someone who is so reinvented in her image and so photo-shopped in pics like the album cover above, Cher is amazingly unfiltered in every interview and on twitter, which makes her fascinating to follow.

Oh and if you think Cher's image is made over in the pic above, you should hear the voice on Closer To The Truth.. the auto-tune effect of Believe is back and back big.

This is Cher's first album in over a decade, and the hit Woman's World is pure thumping dance music that has been on my iPod all summer -- it is great running music. And while Closer To The Truth has the occasional misstep, such as Red which is pretty beige, they are few... the album's dance-heavy first half and ballad-heavy second have lots of great new tunes like the upbeat Lovers Forever and the Pink-written ballad Lie To Me.

The album is pure Cher -- fun pop fluff with some touching lyrics all tied together with high production values and a lot of gloss. When she declares "Surrender To Me!" on one of the tracks, you bet it's gonna happen.

While I am not sure Closer To The Truth is in fact closer to any truth at all, it is pure upbeat fun music that I have blasted during my runs the last two days, and have loved every pounding thunderous over-produced second of it!