Cher’s PR team hosted a “Closer to The Truth” listening party Thursday 1st August 5 – 7pm EST, entire tracks from Cher’s new album were played to the media. The reviews so far have been outstanding! While Cher has admitted she is nervous about the release, her hard work has been applauded and clearly there is no reason to be nervous with Woman’s World already reaching number 1 spot on the Billboard dance chart.
Here are some of the reviews that have already come in about Cher’s new album Closer to the Truth, also revealing some new song titles..
There are pop stars, and then there is Cher.
Cher’s enduring legacy as an artist is simply unmatched: With 26 studio albums under her belt (!) and Top 40-charting singles from each decade since the 1960′s (!!), she is truly one of the industry’s living legends.
Last evening, I had the distinct pleasure of heading across town to test drive the iconic diva’s brand new studio record due out on September 24, Closer To The Truth.
For about two hours, me and about two dozen other journalists and industry types schmoozed, danced and swayed (and indulged in one too many sweet treats) to the sound of Cher’s first studio album since 2001′s Living Proof — including Matt from Boy Culture and my Cosmo boo, Sergio.
Sadly, I still have to keep mum on a majority of the record (as per Liz Rosenberg‘s direct orders — and I’m not about to cross Liz), but there are some things I’m allowed to discuss. And so, some initial thoughts.
For one thing, Closer is a healthy between punchy uptempo dance tracks (including “Woman’s World”) and big emotional balladry — a half-breed, one might say.
The dance tracks are all fierce, stomping club-pop anthems with equally fierce names: The most instant highlight, though, is “Take It Like A Man,” which — as I breathlessly tweeted during the party — is clearly a new gay anthem from the get-go. (Then again, you probably could have assumed as much from the title alone.) It’s a very big, anthemic call-to-arms for the dance floor, a la “Song For The Lonely” — except rather than being a dedication to the lonely, it’s about those who, err… take it.
There’s plenty of variety to get truly excited about, including not one, but two songs penned by P!nk (who assists with background vocals on one). One of the two is called “I Walk Alone,” which has a defiant chorus that sort of reminded me ofGeri Halliwell‘s “Bag It Up.” Lots o’ sass.
The ballads, though, are where Cher’s diehards will likely be beside themselves. (The term “classic Cher” came up quite frequently throughout the night.) There’s big, bold chops on this record — especially on the slower numbers, including a heartfelt dedication to 9/11 and “I Hope You Find It,” a devastating post-break up coming-to-terms that underscores why Cher’s the original #GrownWoman.
While classics like “Believe” obviously remains immaculate, Closer To The Truth is also closer to the natural vocals — no real Auto-Tune play to be found here. A little more organic, one might say! (And no, the Gaga duet is not on the album because Gaga didn’t like it, which Cher already addressed on Twitter.)
Though it’s obviously hard to make a solid assessment from only one spin or two in the middle of a party (and a few glasses of Prosecco), the impression I got from the smiling faces and tapping toes (my own included!) was that Closer To The Truth is going to be a genuine fan pleaser. The uptempos will serve nicely at the gym and getting ready for a big night out, and the ballads will serve nicely for a good ol’ 4 AM sob session.
It’s danceable, it’s heartfelt — and most of all, it is very, very Cher.
Thanks again to everyone at Liz Rosenberg Media for a fabulous Cher fest! I had an absolute blast. (Oh, and Liz, I hacked your computer and stole every Cher and Madonna demo from the past 30 years — hope that’s not awkward.)
From Daily Front Row Sergio Says..
I couldn’t ask for a better start to my week than quality time with Cher! Well, not the real Cher, like physically there, in front of me, but in spirit. God knows, when I do finally meet Cher, I will be forced to do my Jack-as-Cher from Will & Grace impression and (God willing) get slapped by the hand of god(dess) in the process. Anyway, I got a casual e-mail from Liz Rosenberg (my idol behind Madonna, and the PR wizard for the Queen, Stevie Nicks, Florence Welch, Michael Buble, and Cher) asking me to come by her office and listen to Cher’s latest body of work. The icon of all icons has thrilled, shocked, graced, bedazzled and schooled the imitators, minions and never-was’ for the last six decades. She’s sold over 100 million albums, won gazillions of awards, toured the galaxy and made every single one of us believe in life after love. On September 24th she will release “Closer To The Truth”, her first full album of new material in 11 years, and it’s a helluva drug! The world isn’t ready. First single, “Woman’s World” reached #1 on the dance charts this week and the rest of the album is MAJOR! There are two chills-down-your-spine ballads written by P!nk (“Lie To Me” and “I Walk Alone”, latter of which P!nk sings background vocals on). A pop tune produced by Timbaland and co-written by pop-music’s wizard Bonnie McKee (who’s worked with Katy Perry and Britney Spears) called “I Don’t Have To Sleep To Dream”. Future dance floor classics “Take It Like A Man”, “Dressed To Kill” and “I Hope You Find It” produced by Mark Taylor, the man behind Cher game changer “Believe” and finally my fave by far, “Sirens”, a tear-jerker which made every hair on my arms (and only god knows where else) stand up, also produced by Taylor. This is a drill and you have been warned! Cherilyn Sarkisian is ready for war and she’s not afraid to take down every biatch that came after her, one by one. I’m off to practice my Cher impersonation (hair flip, houuuuuuuuuuu).
The diva wasn’t there herself, but Cher’s long-awaited new album Closer to the Truth was previewed for journalists Thursday night in New York City. While the disc doesn’t include a duet with Lady Gaga, as originally planned, there are two tracks co-written by Pink: one’s an emotional ballad, and one’s an uptempo number — overall, the album features plenty of both.
The first part of the album is stacked with dance-floor anthems, in the vein of “Believe” and “Song for the Lonely.” The latter half features mid-tempo songs and slower numbers, where the lyrics and melodies are highlighted, and where Cher’s distinctive voice can be heard at full force, imbuing every word with an emotional heft that can only come from having truly lived, loved and lost.
Cher said on Twitter not long ago that she had a moment of insecurity about her new album — her first collection of original music in more than a decade — because she recently listened again to her album Believe and started to compare the two. “It Really does Have Good Songs on it,” she wrote of Believe. “All of a Sudden I Got SO Nervous re [Closer to the Truth].”
She shouldn’t have worried, since Closer to the Truth is off to a good start: “Woman’s World,” the first single, has already topped the Billboard dance/club play chart. The album will be out on September 24.
Hot on the heels of Cher’s NYC club appearance and triumphant set at the Pier Dance, I was honored to be asked to attend a special listening party for Cher’s album Closer to the Truth (out September 24) at her publicist Liz Rosenberg’s office.
You might wonder if sharing a publicist with Madonna may have influenced Cher to be suddenly sweet on Madge (her tweets yesterday were highly complimentary), but Liz was working with Cher back in the day, too, when Cher…didn’t think so highly of her fellow gay diva. So the change of heart seems to be borne of respect and, I’m told, mutual admiration.
Let’s cross our fingers that the two will cross paths soon, now that Cher’s Lady Gaga duet was 86ed by the ARTPOPstar.
I’m sworn to secrecy on the tracklisting, but everyone knows there’s a tune called “Take It Like a Man.” It’s fantastic, a much worthier club #1 than Cher’s current club #1, “Woman’s World.” The album has particularly strong ballads (especially toward the end), Pink contributes two winners and there is even a track that—due to its title—I suggested should have a music video featuring Cher masturbating in the shower.
And there is a song whose title is a color. And also, one of the songs sounds like something Cher would have sung to the Bagel Boy when their relationship ended.
I spent time chatting with Denis Ferrara, Cosmo‘s Sergio Kletnoy, Next‘s John Russell, VH1’s Jeremiah Silva and Mr. MuuMuse himself, Bradley Stern, all while discussing things like fisting. Why not? It may be a woman’s world, but a boy has to have his fun, too.
More on this album as we get closer to September 24, but I think its 11 ditties will supply Cher ecstasy for her millions of minions.