Cher remains one of the few talents in the American entertainment industry
Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 22:09
Cher is an absolute cultural icon. One of the few talents in the American entertainment industry to have received Academy, Grammy and Emmy awards, the 67 year old singer has sold over 100 million albums as a solo artist and over 40 million as part of the folk rock duo “Sonny and Cher.” Since the end of her “farewell tour” in 2005 (of which I recall attending the Bridgeport, CT engagement with my family at the age of 10), Cher has gone on to headline a three year residency at Ceasar’s Palace in Las Vegas and attempted (and failed) a film comeback in 2010 in “Burlesque.” Now she has released “Closer to the Truth”, her first album since 2001’s “Living Proof.” After a 12 year hiatus, does the only singer to have a No. 1 single on a Billboard chart in each of the past six decades still have the chops to stay relevant?
The answer is a resounding yes.
“Closer to the Truth” is a clear attempt by Cher to replicate the wild success of her 1998 dance album “Believe.” In that regard, the album stands as yet another rousing success for Cher, creating a dance album contemporary enough for a younger audience, and yet distinctly different than anything else out there.
The first two tracks on the album “I Walk Alone” and “Take it Like a Man” come out of the gates swinging. These destined-to-be-dance-club-mainstay tunes prove that Cher can still roll with the best of today’s younger artists. While not exactly the type of sound her longtime fans may want to hear, they showcase Cher’s incredible range.
The third track entitled “My Love” stands as the very best piece from the album, combining a modern dance beat to “classic” Cher vocals. “Dressed to Kill,” “Red” and “Favorite Scars” follow a similarly successful path.
“Sirens” and “Lovers Forever” follow a more classic smooth rock sound that also works.
“I Hope You Find It” and “Lie to Me,” the songs penultimate and final tracks respectively, are grand examples of classic Cher, showcasing that she can still sing scores better than any of her younger pop contemporaries.
If there’s one thing the 67-year-old singer unquestionably still has, its her distinctive voice. Part of what makes “Closer to the Truth” so ingenious is the “proper” use of auto tune, which Cher pioneered with “Believe” back in 1998. While modern artists often rely and over use the technique, Cher once again shows how it should be used: to enhance the performance where possible and not to overshadow the artists own voice.
“Closer to the Truth” doesn’t break new ground and isn’t that unlike anything we’ve heard from the artist before. But after 12 years, Cher has most definitely made a welcome return.