Ballad of Cleo & Joe

Lauper’s a dance diva, this pounding slice of electro-pop would have us believe. But she has too much personality to disappear into an anonymous dance mix. Having dropped her Betty Boop mannerisms, she sounds earthier than usual, giving ”Cleo & Joe” — an homage to a drag queen — the gospelish feel of early Donna Summer. B

Ballad of Cleo & Joe
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