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Cher-It's A Man's World (Reprise)

 

When people used to say the '80's had more taste than the '70's, I'd always point out in the '70's Cher was a joke and in the '80's she was taken seriously.  

 

So much for taste.  

 

But, you got to give Cher this, she is quite a chameleon.  

 

Everytime you write off her career, she completely reinvents herself.  She's gone from Wall of Sound backup singer to half of a goofy hippie duo to television personality to disco diva to Oscar winning actress to lite metal belter to infomercial queen.  

 

Sure, most of the phases were kind of embarrassing, but she kept popping up like a weeble.

 

Her latest incarnation is flirting with current dance beats and musical technologies, and surprise!, it works pretty well.  The terrific first single, "One By One" has Cher mining a previously unexplored and very supple falsetto.  

 

The rest of the album is made up of covers, with eccentric choices like Marc Cohn's "Walking In Memphis" and James Brown's title track building an impressive head of steam. You still can't count her out.

 

Jay S. Jacobs

 

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