The legendary pop titan’s latest album is almost as improbable as the duration and quality of her career: It’s not just that it’s a great pop record (which it is), it’s also one of the best to come out in 2013. Cher’s voice is distinctive but also a bit limited, but she uses it perfectly here: Tapping into six decades of experience, the multi-talented performer delivers one of her strongest, most consistent records ever, with vitality and purpose embedded deeply in each syllable. From the opening track “Woman’s World” to the powerful closer “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” (which first originated from the 2010 “Burlesque” musical), the music flows extraordinarily well from one song to the other, with standout tracks like “Favorite Scars,” “Dressed to Kill,” and “Red” peppered throughout. It’s a great summertime record and a treat for Cher’s devoted fanbase.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)