Cyndi Lauper Live… At Last (Town Hall, New York, March 11, 2004)

Not taking Cyndi Lauper seriously has always been good fun. Sadly, her levity has negated two important things: one, the beauty of "Time After Time," a chilling examination of love's limits; and two, her entire career. Nearly 20 years after Lauper had any relevance, she's released a live DVD that wisely includes "Time After Time," albeit in crass, acoustic form, while leaving her oeuvre behind in favour of an inordinate string of R&B covers ("At Last," "Stay," "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood") that do a good job showcasing the overlooked power of her voice. Unfortunately it's impossible for any performer to make these songs their own, even the boisterous Lauper. But judging by the extras (a brief interview and documented trip through Lauper's old Queens neighbourhood) this one's for the die-hards. (Sony)