Quick Fun: Four fun facts about 'Closer To The Truth':
1/ The track 'Lovers Forever' was written in 1994 and originally intended for the film version of 'Interview With A Vampire'. Listen to the lyrics and you'll see how specific they are to that film.
2/ Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters appears on 'Take It Like A Man'
3/ P!nk co-wrote the album closer, 'Lie To Me'
4/ A collaboration with Lady Gaga was dropped from the CD at the last minute because Lady G didn't like the track. Cher does, and plays it privately for friends.
Oh, did I mention that Cher had a hand in writing the songs on the CD. Perhaps that's why she sounds more invested than on her last one.
Sure, the lyrics, particularly some of the choruses, are cringe worthy, if only for the fact that we’ve heard it all before. Did there really need to be yet another pop song called ‘Dressed to Kill’, ‘Take It Like A Man’, or ‘Red’?
And, yes, things feel a bit old school, but hey… keep in mind that the lady is in her sixth decade. Today’s teeny-bopper sexual sloganism which renders all songs something akin to naughty nursery rhymes isn’t for Cher, who long ago finely honed her storyteller chops.
All the dance cuts are great, cheesy fun, while the ballads that anchor the second half find our diva in good voice and form. ‘Sirens’, which drips with U2’s bombastic balladeer style, is a true haunter. It’s during that song’s final moments that we hear Cher at her most vulnerable. And that is just a hint as to why this CD works; it’s obvious to the listener that the woman is in love with each and every one of these songs.