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Sep072018

Cher claims "most" of her albums are "absolutely no good"

Credit: Machado CicalaCher would be the first one to tell you that she's not a Cher fan, but even knowing that, her assessment of her incredible music career seems rather harsh.

Speaking to The New York Times, Cher says, "I never feel confident [in my singing]...I like doing it more than hearing it...I've made millions of albums, and most of them are absolutely no good. But some of them aren't bad."

So which ones does she think "aren't bad?"  Cher cites her 1998 album Believe, the title cut of which revived her carer, and her 2013 album Closer to the Truth, which she describes as "highly underrated."  Of those albums, Cher says, "There's not a bad cut on either one."

As for her new ABBA tribute album Dancing Queen, due out September 28, Cher says she came up with the idea when she was packing to go home after filming Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

"Everyone loved the idea when I suggested it -- like I'd been planning it for a million years. 'You're a genius!'" she tells The New York Times. "But I just thought it might be fun."

Explaining how her versions of songs like "Waterloo" are different from the originals, Cher points out, "I wasn't a big fan of ABBA in the '70s. ABBA's Benny [Andersson] took the girls and used them like instruments. [My ex-husband] Sonny [Bono] used to do that to me...he didn't give them space to sing the way they might have wanted to."

She continues, "[My versions] are a lot freer. And it was a great time to do it...these are rough times. But when I was recording, I got swept up in the fun of it.  The songs are silly and crazy...I chose the ones that are saddest and the most fun."

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