Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down): The Best of Cher Given the public's current perception of Cher as something between serious actress and trashy tabloid star, this reminder of her career as a '60s pop… Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down): The Best of Cher Given the public's current perception of Cher as something between serious actress and trashy tabloid star, this reminder of her career as a '60s pop… Cher Pop Reissues
Music Review

Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down): The Best of Cher (1991)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Lead Performance: Cher; Genres: Pop, Reissues

Given the public's current perception of Cher as something between serious actress and trashy tabloid star, this reminder of her career as a '60s pop singer comes as a blast of campy nostalgia. Cher doesn't have a great voice, but her enthusiasm and presence enlivened an uneven procession of records produced (clumsily) by then-husband Sonny Bono. Regrettably Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down), this solo compilation omits the couple's folk-rock duets (''I Got You Babe'' and others) and ends before Cher's career revived in 1971. Only on this record could an impressive copy of Phil Spector's girl-group sound coexist with the melodic melodrama of ''You Better Sit Down, Kids'' and an utterly inane interpretation of South African singer Miriam Makeba's ''The Click Song Number One.'' C+

Originally posted Jan 11, 1991 Published in issue #48 Jan 11, 1991 Order article reprints