Personnel: Cyndi Lauper (vocals, background vocals); Neil Jason (guitar, bass instrument); Rick DiFonzo, William Wittman (guitar); Eric Bazilian (guitars, saxophone, bass guitar, background vocals); Rob Hyman (keyboards, background vocals); Peter Wood, Richard Termini (synthesizer); Anton Fig (drums, percussion); Rick Chertoff (percussion); Dianne Wilson, Ellie Greenwich, Krystal Davis, Jules Shear, Maeretha Stewart (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Jason Corsaro; Brian McGee .
Arrangers: Cyndi Lauper; Eric Bazilian; Rick Chertoff; Rob Hyman .
Cyndi Lauper was so overexposed by the time the hits finally stopped coming from SHE'S SO UNUSUAL (five in the space of a year, with two number ones!) that even though TRUE COLOURS didn't appear until the fall of 1986, over three years later, there was still something of a backlash. Nevertheless, it's much more mature and controlled than the candy-coated pop of SHE'S SO UNUSUAL. TRUE COLOURS features a stronger creative presence from Lauper, who wrote or co-wrote seven of the 10 tracks (including a great remake of "Maybe He'll Know" from the sole album by Lauper's old New Wave band Blue Angel) and tones down the attention-grabbing hiccups and shrieks. Although the state-of-1986 production makes a few songs sound a little dated, the strongest material--like the affecting title track and the hit second single, the sweet "Change of Heart" (featuring backing vocals by the Bangles)--is among Lauper's best.