Bob Cannon
October 24, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Ballad of Cleo & Joe

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Cyndi Lauper

We gave it a B

Lauper’s a dance diva, this pounding slice of electro-pop would have us believe. But she has too much personality to disappear into an anonymous dance mix. Having dropped her Betty Boop mannerisms, she sounds earthier than usual, giving ”Cleo & Joe” — an homage to a drag queen — the gospelish feel of early Donna Summer. B

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