Cher Album News
So it's already March and there is no build-up going on for a new Cher album. There are only rumors she will perform at next year's Grammy awards (but didn't she say that last year?). Sure enough, her latest twitter reports indicate that the album may as yet be unfinished.
GPhilly put it well as a tack-on to her tweet about all these delays:
Pop goddess Cher took to Twitter over the weekend to talk about her new
album, tweeting, “As an artist whose last release was 11 yrs ago!I want
2 sing my heart out! Some think I haven’t sung because I no longer
Can..Its is why I’ve taken so Long..I want it 2B perfect.” The release
date is scheduled for not-soon-enough.
GayStarNews reports on another tweet regarding the album:
'All the songs in this CD have notes so high only dogs will hear them!'
Cher claims. 'Notes should go lower as singers get older. Ahh…well… You
Haven’t Seen the Last Of Me blew that! Think those are my highest notes?
All of the songs on this CD have choruses that are nose bled/break
Both Cher World and Cher News reported on Cher's comments about the new DJ Mz Poppins remix of "Woman's World."
Cher called it "Truly Superb!...don’t know how she got vocal only??" Cher also said “Had To
Hear It JUST One More Time ! You Rock’n It With Those STRINGS MZ”
Cher World says, "In my opinion it is by FAR the best remix of Woman’s World, much better
than the original remix from Paul Oakenfold. This version is unique and
makes you feel!"
I totally agree that this remix pumps some life into the song. Although the ubiquitous drum beat intro to these remixes truly fatigues me in my old age, I like the stronger driving main beat and the weaving synth...all which detracts from the lackluster lyric. Her remix also gives the song distinctive movements, specifically halfway through with "Love hurts" we slow back down for a rebuild. All mucho interesting. The DJ Mz Poppins remix can be found here.
Turner Classic Movies
Cher News has been faithfully following Cher tweets (it's truly the Lord's work) and reports Cher's news that she will be returning to TCM in April to co-host a Friday night show with "Robby" Osbourne.
John and I just watched The Caine Mutiny (1954) with Humphrey Bogart this weekend on TCM. I love that movie. It foreshadows Jack Nicholson's infamous breakdown in A Few Good Men and has a great scene with José Ferrer dressing down his clients in the final scene. There is no clear villain in this movie. You actually feel bad for Lt. Queeg.
New Acclaimed Sonny & Cher Cover
American artist Mark Koelek released a solo album this month called Like Rats which includes a cover of Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe." Lindsay Eanet in Black Book Mag gives it a good review:
"Mark Kozelek Covered Sonny & Cher and It Is Beautiful...
...one of the standouts here is the stomach-dropping closer, a simultaneously
gentle and devastating take on Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe.” And how
quickly the warm, fuzzy Sonny and Cher classic
turns into a spare, heart-wrenching tale of desperation, of a broken man, down
on his luck, clinging to the one thing he has left in this life: his babe. This
is how you do covers, people. Kozelek is a reminder that covering a song can
actually still be an artistic statement and really create the song anew as
opposed to just making overly precious folk versions of rap songs for YouTube,
perky college a cappella arrangements or soulless, grinning Glee soundtrack
reproductions. And thank God for that."
Never has "I don't know if all that's true" sounded so desperately resigned. You can buy the song on iTunes.