by Cyndi Lauper


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A spiritual sequel of sorts to Memphis Blues, Detour finds Cyndi Lauper swapping out blues for country & western. The "western" part of the equation is crucial to Detour, a record equally enamored of cowboy camp as it is of Music City craft and corn. Such a wide purview is testament to Lauper's taste-savvy show biz sensibilities. The slow-burning-torch set pieces of "End of the World" and "I Fall to Pieces" have their charms -- they offer ample evidence of Lauper's nuance and control, elements that are often underrated -- but when paired with the ferocious, mincing wink of "You're the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly," "Cowboy Sweetheart," and "Detour," the spell diminishes. Despite this, the album has its charms. Dolly Parton's "Hard Candy Christmas" -- a fine, faithful rendition that closes out the record on a sweet note -- and the crisp, digital, modern sheen of the opener "Funnel of Love," don't quite suit the tone of the record, but they're endearing on their own. Such sudden shifts in tone might work better on-stage than they do on record, and with its cavalcade of guest stars, Detour often does play a bit like a stage revue, for better or worse. After all, much of Lauper's charm lies in her innate theatricality, and when she's paired with someone who shares her humor -- Emmylou Harris on "Detour" and, especially, Vince Gill on "You're the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly" -- there's a crackling vitality that nevertheless winds up diluting the diva showstoppers, something that could possibly be finessed on-stage but sounds like sharp turns on record. Nevertheless, on a track-by-track level, Detour has few stumbles, and if it's taken as a collection of performances and not a coherent record, it's fun.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/2016
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227947170
catalogNumber: 554096
Rank: 186787

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cyndi Lauper   Primary Artist
Willie Nelson   Acoustic Guitar
Tony Brown   Piano
Elaine Caswell   Background Vocals
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Vince Gill   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Kenny Greenberg   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Greg Morrow   Drums
Steve Nathan   Synthesizer,Piano,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Willie Weeks   Bass
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Kim Keyes   Background Vocals
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar
Neal Coomer   Background Vocals
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jeff Taylor   Accordion

Technical Credits

Patsy Montana   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Marty Robbins   Composer
Cyndi Lauper   Producer,Art Direction
Carol Hall   Composer
Walt Breeland   Composer
Tony Brown   Producer
Paul Buskirk   Composer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Brian O'Connor   Cover Photo
Shawn Pelton   Engineer
David Thoener   Engineer
L.E. White   Composer
William Wittman   Engineer
Charlie McCoy   Composer
Seymour Stein   Executive Producer
Alan Block   Composer
Lisa Glines   Art Direction
Sylvia Dee   Composer
Don Hecht   Composer
Arthur Kent   Composer
Kent Westberry   Composer
Paul Westmoreland   Composer
Lola Jean Dillon   Composer
Bob Montgomery   Composer
Lisa Barbaris   Executive Producer
David Thornton   Concept

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