Poised to enter up the top of the Billboard 200 charts Cher has delivered what could be the most successful the album of her life at the ripe age of 72 “Dancing Queen”. A stunning collection of ABBA songs that have been tweaked, pulled, popped, moulded and auto tuned to transform your average 1970s disco ball into an 🌏 shattering glitter 💣 explosion 🎊. The one constant throughout is the powerhouse voice which has resonated through generations and represents everything that is everlasting and timeless.
From the second ‘Dancing Queen’ powers into their ear drums 🎶 listeners are presented with music royalty. With a career spanning over 50 years Cher commands your immediate attention. Replacing the sweet and innocent Agnetha is a self assured, fiercely independent, feisty, no nonsense, passionate and mature voice exclaiming “You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life” 💃
The party continues with Cher’s colourful rendition of 🥁 ‘Mamma Mia’ which takes the song to dizzying new levels with high intensity xylophones and attitude to match. ‘Waterloo’ crashes the party with an electric vibe and “My My” hard to surrender the urge to pickup whatever is in sight & just dance. Cher delivers an epic ballad with ‘SOS’ and a massive adrenaline pump of empowerment wrapped up in uplifting sadness 😭 “When you’re gone How can I even try to go on?”
‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!’ is the #1 club track on the album featuring all the heavy vocal processing and disco beat from Believe 💿 heyday with producer Mark Taylor. While Cher’s love ❤️ life may be a little bleak and she unassumingly declares “a man is not a necessity … a man is a luxury”.. I bet she secretly sings this track in the pouring rain☔. Cher shows that while you can’t escape the cheesy Europop of the originals she provides an intuitive, intelligent interpretation which makes these classics her own.
From the opening cords 🎸 ‘Chiquita’ will capture you heart and with her husky resonating vibrato Cher assures listeners “you will have no time for grieving’. Reminding us of Dov’è l’amore this track captures the bitter-sweet quality so central to the lyrics. Cher’s treatment of ‘The Name Of The Game’ takes us back to the under appreciated artist of the late 1970s early 1980’s aka I Paralyze. With a kind of cheeky attitude Cher becomes a “bashful child” once more however one can’t help notice her vocal range has been aided with a few pull, prods, nips and ✂️ tucks. ‘Fernando’ Cher’s feature song from Mamma Mia Here We Go Again movie is delivered in operatic flourishes. While Cher sings from the heart I am sure she doesn’t agree with this verse “Now we’re old and grey…”.
The most electric 💕 pumping song on the album is “The Winner Takes It All” which catapults us to the peak of the ⛰️ mountain… atop sits Cher left alone to play and experiment with the sound mixer🎹. The lyrics hauntingly resonate through the peaks and troughs. “The gods may throw a dice. Their minds as cold as ice”. With two firm feet on the ground Cher cements her position in pop immortality.
Probably the biggest miss on the album is the last track. Cher’s voice seems to go off on a different tangent 📈📉 during ‘One of Us’ and while raw and strong struggles when unaccompanied by an equally powerful backing track to match. ‘One of Us’ tries desperately to trigger heart strings and turn on the 😢 water works. Whether it succeeds or turns into a whiny mess is in the eye of the beholder. In my eyes the song lacks authenticity because this fiery old battleaxe isn’t going to mope around over a lost love in bed all day. No this unapologetic bitch will rise up and conquer a new💪.
So what is your Granny 👵 doing tonight? Certainly not pumping up a storm on the dance floor or recording what could be one of the most successful albums of 2018. Cher dedicates this album to her 90 odd year old mother Georgia but “Does Your Mother know”?
So the elephant 🐘 in the room inevitably asks Dancing Queen II are we on? ‘💰 💰 💰’ a dedication to Trump, ‘I Have a Dream’ of a new set list, ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ it will take 10 years, ‘Take A Chance on Me’ would be extra glitter on the disco ball.
Science may never be able to tell us who the first person on 🌎 was however in the music world the last one standing will be Cher.
‘When All is Said and Done’ ‘Thank-You for the Music’ 🐂🥀
- Cherworld.com has been online since 1998 bringing you everything about Cher.