April 02, 1984 12:00 PM

Cyndi Lauper

With her multidirectional coiffure and punk-gypsy getups, Lauper’s image certainly lives up to the title of this album. Her voice, too, is hardly that of your standard rock canary. Her version of New Waver Robert Hazard’s Girls Just Want to Have Fun is a tongue-in-cheek pop ditty that could become an ’80s counterpart of the old Helen Reddy anthem I Am Woman. Lauper manages to sound sexy on Prince’s When You Were Mine, cynical on Money Changes Everything (by Tom Gray of the Brains) and unabashedly campy on her own She Bop. So what if she appears to be a model of inconsistency? The Queens-born Lauper, who formerly fronted a band called Blue Angel, makes this solo debut into a frothy, flippy delight. (Portrait)

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