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The “Truth” About Cher

When you’ve had a career as long as Cher, it’s hard to live up to the expectations when you make a new movie, release a new album, or start a new tour.

That is what Cher is up against with the fall release of “Closer To The Truth”, her 25th studio album.

Cher Closer To The Truth

Since the release of her first album, “All I Want To Do”, 48 years ago, Cher has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and she has established herself as one of the top-selling female recording artists of all time.

While she earned three gold albums (shipments of 500,000) in the United States in the 1970s, she came into her own in the late-1980s when “Cher” went platinum (one million copies shipped) and “Heart of Stone” sold more than 3 million copies in the U.S.

But, it was 1998’s “Believe” (the album and the single) that introduced Cher to a new audience.  Worldwide, the album has sold more than 20 million copies and the single, “Believe” is the biggest hit of her career, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks, reaching number one in 22 other counties, and selling 11 million single copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time!

After “Believe”, Cher released one more studio album, “Living Proof” in 2001.  It’s hard to believe that except for the two songs she recorded for the “Burlesque” soundtrack, Cher fans have had to wait more than a decade for a new collection of songs.

It was definitely worth it!

Woman's World Cher

Although it leaked last fall and Cher posted a version on her website around Thanksgiving of last year, the first single from “Closer To The Truth”, “Woman’s World” was officially released this summer and it topped the Billboard Dance Chart.

The new album features eleven songs with several producers, including Paul Oakenfold and Timbaland.  Pop stars Pink and Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters drop by to sing with Cher.

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Yes, at one time, there was a collaboration with Lady Gaga (“The Greatest Thing”) that didn’t make the album.  However, as much as I love Gaga, this album works perfectly without it and I can hear Gaga on her upcoming album, “ARTPOP”.

If you love dance music, the album’s first six songs are perfect and will you have wanting to hit the clubs for a night of partying.  This includes “Woman’s World”, “Take It Like A Man” with Jake Shears, the heavily electronic track “Dressed To Kill”, and my favorite song on the album, “Red”.

Okay, that’s a little deceiving because the ballads, “I Hope You Find It” and “Sirens” are incredible, too.

The nice thing about Cher’s music is that she can rock out, she can move you into a dance frenzy, or bring you to tears with the ache in her voice on the slow songs.  She shows her versatility in the Pink-assisted song, “I Walk Alone”, which sounds like a cross between something you’d hear at a hoe-down and a rave!

My second favorite uptempo song is “Favorite Scars”.

Cher has been working very hard here in America and across the Atlantic in Europe promoting “Closer To The Truth” and preparing her for the “Dressed To Kill Tour” that kicks off in March 2014.

Cher Dressed to Kill Tour

I haven’t bought my tickets yet for the show in Des Moines, Iowa, on June 9th yet, but soon.  It’s been a decade since I saw Cher in Chicago and after hearing this new album, I know the show will be fantastic.

“I Hope You Find It” is currently climbing up the Adult Contemporary chart.  It’s such a perfect song and if Top 40 radio wasn’t so ageist and focused on teenagers and 20-somethings, you’d be hearing this song alongside Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and One Direction.

And, it’s been reported that the duet with Jake Shears, “Take It Like A Man” will be the third single from the album.

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Cher is back and I couldn’t be any “Closer To The Truth” than by saying she’s been sorely missed and this album is fantabulous!

It’s the perfect stocking stuffer now that you’re starting to think about the holidays!

GRADE:  A

Anthony

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My 2012 Favorites CDs

Do you like year-end lists?  Maybe you find them interesting or as a starting point of a heated debated, especially if you disagree.  Yesterday, I shared with you my favorite movies that I watched in 2012.  Now, here are my favorite albums that I bought this year.  Semantics!  Although one of them was released in 2011, I just bought it this year, so it’s new to me and this is my list!  🙂

Just missing out on the Top Ten were #11 “Christmas Spirit” (Richard Marx), #12 “Hello” (Karmin), #13 “Cheers, It’s Christmas” (Blake Shelton), #14 “Christmas With Scotty McCreery (Scotty McCreery) and #15 “Electra Heart (Marina and the Diamonds).

10Ten

“ROCK OF AGES” — ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK

9 CD

KYLIE MINOGUE — “APHRODITE:  LES FOLIES (LIVE IN LONDON)”

#8 CD

LIONEL RICHIE — “TUSKEGEE”

#7 CD

LADY ANTEBELLUM — “ON THIS WINTER’S NIGHT”

#6 CD

ROD STEWART — “MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY”

#5 CD

KYLIE MINOGUE — “THE BEST OF KYLIE MINOGUE”

#4 CD

SCISSOR SISTERS — “MAGIC HOUR”

*NSFW*

#3 CD

CALVIN HARRIS — “18 MONTHS”

#2 CD

MARTIN SOLVEIG — “SMASH”

#1 CD

MADONNA — “MDNA (DELUXE EDITION)”

MDNA

*NSFW* (This is one of the best Madonna songs ever — very angry and violent!)

Here’s to 2013!

Anthony

Fantastic Memories of The Past Three Labor Days

It’s Labor Day and I hope you have some fun things planned and that you’re not having to “labor” on this day.  No work for us today and we’re going to kick back and enjoy the day.  Ray’s sister, Ann, and her family spent last night with us on their way home back to Fort Dodge today.

I made a Spring Breakfast Strata last night before bed.  Here’s a picture of it as it and the recipe.  We’re having it with fresh cantaloupe and the girls are having donuts.  I think I’ll be bad and have a glazed donut, too.

http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Spring-Breakfast-Strata

Ray and I have five more episodes of “The Walking Dead”  season two to finish today and this evening, we’re going out to dinner with my sister, Tammy, and Ray’s going to put her television stand together and hook up her television.

Since meeting Ray almost four years ago, my Labor Days have changed.  I used to always work them, but I’ve taken the last three off.

In 2009, I made my first trip to Spirit Lake, Iowa, where Ray’s parents live.  It was a very fun trip and Miss ABBA, being a water dog, was in heaven.  She spent all of the trip in or near the lake and she loved her first boat ride and her first golf cart ride (she wouldn’t get off when we got back to the house).

That Labor Day, we even had our own little swimming and boating Olympics.  Miss ABBA raced Ray and Gretel in a paddle boat back to shore and the golden won!  (Okay, I cheated and held them back.  But, since you can’t see it in the picture, Miss ABBA won the race fair and square!)

And, at the end of the weekend, both of our girls were ready to relax on the ride home.

Two years ago, we spent an extended weekend in Chicago to doggie sit for Mr. Panda, the blind shar-pei.  Other than spending many hours on walks and at the doggie park, Ray and I saw the Scissor Sisters in what turned out to be an amazing concert.

And, while I kept my clothes on during the concert even without air conditioning in the historic (read:  ancient) theater, I decided to take the vest off on the walk home in the hot, summer night thunderstorm.

And, last Labor Day, it was a bittersweet trip back to Spirit Lake.  We were so fortunate that even five months after Miss ABBA was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she showed no outward signs of being sick.  Although we knew that it would most likely be her last trip to the lake, she had a blast swimming, boating, riding the golf cart, and looking at fish.

We also lucked out on this trip because the Monarch butterflies were migrating and I had never seen so many in my life.

And, like each long ride, the girls traveled together well.

I’ll close with two more pictures from last year’s Labor Day trip to Spirit Lake.  Look at the amazing sunset as we arrived to start our weekend vacation and the nice morning fog that greeted us on our last day in town.

Have a great Labor Day!

Anthony