While there's simply nothing cool about Wilson Phillips, their three-part harmonies and vocal resonance on "Hold On" are incredibly uplifting, and encapsulate '90s schmaltz as well as the gooey sax on "How Do You Talk to an Angel" or a freshly laundered flannel shirt to cry on. It exists somewhere in the complicated gray area of the romance spectrum, the place where the feelings are melancholy, yet hopeful. Every complicated emotion is amplified by the quiver in Lauper's voice in this beautifully tear-jerking vocal performance. Pop singers, indie rockers and karaoke regulars have all taken stabs at this song, yet, no one can quite capture the song's gentle magic like Lauper did. She reemerged on her sophomore album Stripped decidedly a woman, owning the sexuality, self-esteem issues and questionable fashion choices that go along with becoming one.
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I was standing there in the studio, and this thought came in my mind like, 'I'm going to write a song,' I don't want to write a song. I kind of just wanted to just be lazy and go hang out at the beach or whatever. But I just forced myself to write a song By that time the next day, the song was finished.
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Compounding the problem is that Rush, unlike some of their prog contemporaries we won't name names , managed to stay relevant — and musically compelling — as they aged. Sure, there have been embarrassing moments, and we're fully prepared to make fun of each one, but even Rush's worst LPs like Roll the Bones and Test for Echo have their redeeming qualities. The Canadian trio could have bowed out of the limelight several times after the prog boom fizzled in the late '70s, during the grunge movement of the early '90s , crumbling to commercial pressure or cultural shifts. Instead, they maintained a workmanlike approach to their music — constantly tweaking and experimenting. For every failure the strained Oriental atmosphere of "Tai Shan" , there are 10 victories.