1. Cyndi Lauper Detour
Lauper has always had one of the best voices in pop music, and here she changes up her repertoire for a survey of country staples, like Ray Price’s “Heartaches By the Number” and “Misty Blue,” which an Eddy Arnold b-side in 1967 and a hit on the R&B charts for Dorothy Moore in 1973.
2. Ryan Adams Heartbreaker Deluxe
Originally released in 2000, this was the album that officially launched Adams as a solo artist away from Whiskeytown, although the band would have one more go-around in 2001’s Pneumonia. The 3-disc reissue includes the original album, a disc of outtakes and demos, and a DVD of Adams live at the Mercury Lounge that includes his version of “Wonderwall” by Oasis, which he wound up covering on Love Is Hell in 2004.
1. Dan Boulger Not Ready For This
I’ve seen Boulger frequently and he’s a never-fail laugh. You can preview a track from his album on the latest Department of Tangents Blog Ep5. It will be released officially on May 11 on iTunes and elsewhere.