Today saw the release of a new Cyndi Lauper album "At Last". After seeing her perform the title song, Etta James' "At Last" on this morning's Today Show, I had to have the whole album. The CD is a collection of thirteen fifties and sixties pop "standards." The arrangements are spare, showcasing Ms. Lauper's expressive voice. Many songs have no more than piano or a piano and cello. Often the arrangement is slowed down to a tempo far slower than the original. The result often lends an almost haunting or achingly sad feeling to the songs. The CD is certainly peacefully quiet taken as a whole. The one exception would be a rousing Latin stylized salsa version of "Stay." Tony Bennett accompanies Ms. Lauper on "Makin' Whoopee." The one song I question is "La Vie En Rose", a song that requires great vocal strength. Ms Lauper has that, but maybe it is her voice that doesn't work for me with this song, but I have to listen to it more. She has slowed it down. Her voice is very expressive and her phrasing is so exquisite that it sounds almost like she is crying, but I'm still not fully sold...yet. Maybe it will grow on me. For example, I have never heard anyone sing "At Last" as well as Etta James, but Lauper makes the song fresh and meaningful in her own way. Also her slow "Unchained Melody" is the most refreshing version I have heard in years. She aches so much, the listener begins to ache too in sympathy. It is just beautiful. I've been a big fan of Cyndi Lauper's since the eighties. She is definitely moving into new musical territory here, as would be fitting someone her age. She has the potential to become a credible jazz singer. She looks terrific, by the way. I hope the CD does well.