Closer to the Truth (Cher album)

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Closer to the Truth
Cher - Closer to the Truth (Official Album Cover).png
Studio album by Cher
Released September 20, 2013 (2013-09-20)
Recorded July 2011 – April 2013
Length 41:15
Label Warner Bros.
Cher chronology
Closer to the Truth
Singles from Closer to the Truth
  1. "Woman's World"
    Released: June 18, 2013
  2. "I Hope You Find It"
    Released: October 4, 2013
  3. "Take It Like a Man"
    Released: November 8, 2013
  4. "I Walk Alone"
    Released: April 25, 2014

Closer to the Truth is the twenty-fifth studio album by American singer-actress Cher. It was released on September 20, 2013 by Warner Bros. Records. Opting to re-establish her music career, she began planning the project in 2011, shortly after her appearance in the movie Burlesque and the conclusion of her residency show at Caesars Palace. Work continued into 2012 and 2013. While the album was initially planned to be pop rock-oriented, Closer to the Truth ultimately became a prominently dance-inspired record. As executive producer, she enlisted longtime collaborator Mark Taylor to work alongside new producers such as Paul Oakenfold, Billy Mann, Timbaland and MachoPsycho to achieve Cher's desired sound.

Described by Cher as "very eclectic" and "her best album ever", Closer to the Truth is not that much of a musical departure from her previous material, resulting in a primarily dance-pop record, yet it includes a broader range of various musical genres such as house, synthpop, EDM, soft rock and country and contains influences by the music of the 1990s. The lyrical themes revolve largely around romance, feminism, individualism and self-empowerment. The album also features additional vocals and songwriting duties from several new partners, including singers Pink and Jake Shears.

The album received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics, and was a success commercially, debuting and peaking at number three on the U.S. Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 63,000 copies, becoming Cher's highest-peaking solo album in the United States. As of February 2014, it sold 285,000 copies in the country according to Nielsen SoundScan[1] and was certified gold by Music Canada. It charted within the top ten in Canada, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom as well as moderately throughout several other international territories.

"Woman's World" was released as the lead single from Closer to the Truth on June 18, 2013, in the United States and Canada, and peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot Dance/Club Songs. The second single, "I Hope You Find It", was released on October 4, 2013, and charted strongly in several European national record charts. It was followed by promotional singles "Take It Like a Man" and "I Walk Alone".[2] Cher promoted Closer to the Truth with several television appearances and performances worldwide. She garnered widespread media attention when she declined the invitation to perform at the 2014 Winter Olympics because of Russia's anti-LGBT sentiments.[3] Later, Cher embarked on her sixth concert tour titled the Dressed to Kill Tour on March 22, 2014.

Background and recording[edit]

Cher's last album, 2001's Living Proof, was supported by her record-breaking world tour, which ended in 2005. After a three-year hiatus, she began a Las Vegas residency and it was then that discussions of a new album began. In December 2008, she was said to be planning a record of 1960s covers, but in 2010 instead turned her attention to a movie comeback in Burlesque.[4] For the film, she recorded two songs, "Welcome to Burlesque" and "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me". During promotion for Burlesque, Cher confirmed she was working on a new album in Nashville. The project's genre was described as southern rock and even country.[5] However, after the success of "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" on the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart (her seventh number one on that chart), the musical direction of the album changed to dance-oriented pop.[6][7]

Cher collaborated with Diane Warren, Timbaland, Mark Taylor (who produced her 1998 hit, "Believe") and Kuk Harrell in putting the album together.[8] In 2011, she recorded Lady Gaga's unreleased song, "The Greatest Thing", which was turned into a duet with Gaga and was produced by RedOne. Originally expected for release in September 2011, the song was eventually dropped from the album with Gaga's dissatisfaction and RedOne's unavailability cited as reasons.[9] A rough demo of the song was leaked on August 13, 2013.[10]


With the release of "Woman's World", Cher announced that the album's working title was Closer to the Truth. The track list includes "Lie to Me" and "I Walk Alone", both written by pop star Pink, and one featuring her vocals; "Take It Like a Man" featuring Jake Shears; and a song written by Cher and Shirley Eikhard called "Lovers Forever".[8][11] Originally intended for the soundtrack of the 1994 film Interview with the Vampire, it was recorded by Eikhard for her 2005 album Pop, and has been produced for Closer to the Truth by Mark Taylor.[12][13] Cher worked with hip-hop producer Timbaland on "I Don't Have to Sleep to Dream" and covered three songs: "Sirens" by singer-songwriter Nell Bryden, "Dressed to Kill" by Preston and "I Hope You Find It" by Miley Cyrus, from the soundtrack of the 2010 film The Last Song.

Three versions of the album were released.[14] The original version of "You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me" from Burlesque is featured on the deluxe edition as a bonus track.[15][16] Closer to the Truth was also released on white vinyl.[17] This marks her first vinyl album release since 1991's Love Hurts and 1992's Greatest Hits: 1965–1992. According to critics' reactions following an exclusive listening party on August 1, 2013, Closer to the Truth is "a healthy mix between punchy, uptempo dance tracks and big, emotional balladry",[18] while the first half is "stacked with dance-floor anthems", and the latter features "mid-tempo songs and slower numbers, where the lyrics and melodies are highlighted".[19]

Closer to the Truth was promoted extensively for its North America release of September 24, 2013, and in Europe for its worldwide unveiling a week later.[20]

Singles and promotion[edit]

In October 2012, clips from the unannounced lead single leaked online. "Woman's World" was officially made available for online streaming on Thanksgiving 2012 and eventually released on June 18, 2013. Written by Matt Morris, Paul Oakenfold and Anthony Crawford, the single went to no. 1 on the Billboard dance chart.[21] Cher performed it on the season finale of television talent show, The Voice; at New York City's gay pride event, Dance on the Pier; and at Macy's 4th of July spectacular.[12][22] A music video, directed by Ray Kay, was released on August 20, 2013.[23][24]

The second single, "I Hope You Find It", premiered on September 23, 2013 during Cher's Today Show concert, where she also performed "Woman's World" and "Believe". It was further performed on the Late Show with David Letterman on September 24, 2013, on Live! with Kelly and Michael on October 1, 2013,[25] and on German TV show Wetten, dass..? on October 5, 2013.[26][27] She then continued promotion of the single in the UK, performing on The X Factor on October 13, 2013,[28] on The Graham Norton Show on October 18, 2013 and then on Vivement dimanche! in Paris on November 24, 2013. An official lyric video for the single was released on September 24, 2013.[29] In 2014 "I Hope You Find It" debuted on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart at #24, becoming Cher's 31st entry on that chart during the course of five decades.[30][31]

"Take It Like a Man" was released as a digital single with four remixes and an instrumental on November 8, 2013, in Germany and three days later worldwide.[32] Cher garnered media attention with a music video for the 7th Heaven Remix, released on November 20, 2013. It features Andrew Christian underwear models as well as several gay porn stars, such as Antonio Biaggi.[33][34] A Remixes edition with eight further remixes of "Take It Like a Man" was released digitally on January 28, 2014.

"Sirens" was included in the digitally-released album Songs for the Philippines, a fund-raising project for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the country.[35]

"I Walk Alone" was sent to UK pop radio stations in early 2014 as a promotional single. On March 14, 2014, Tracy Young's "Ferosh Reconstruction Remix" of "I Walk Alone" premiered on Billboard magazine's official website, being serviced to dance clubs and DJs the following week.[36] An Extended play featuring nine remixes of "I Walk Alone" was released to digital retailers on April 25, 2014.[2]

Dressed to Kill Tour[edit]

A Dressed to Kill Tour in support of Closer to the Truth, which launched on March 22, 2014, in Phoenix, Arizona, was officially announced on September 23, 2013.[37] It is titled after the album's song of the same name. Tickets purchased online include a free copy of Closer to the Truth.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 61/100[38]
Review scores
Source Rating 4/5 stars[39]
AllMusic 3/5 stars[40]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[41]
Idolator 4/5 stars[42]
The Montreal Gazette 3/5 stars[43]
Newsday B+[44]
New York Daily News 4/5 stars[45]
PopMatters 7/10[46]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[47]
USA Today 4/4 stars[48]

Closer to the Truth garnered generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, they assign a weighted average score out-of-100 to ratings and reviews from selected mainstream critics, which based upon 6 reviews, the album has a Metascore of a 61.[38] At USA Today, Jerry Shriver told that the release was "huge fun, lyrically substantive (as these things go) and emotionally wide-ranging, and it appeals beyond her fan base."[48] Jim Farber of New York Daily News wrote that "The material isn't quite so individual", yet noted that "At root, the new disc pleases by this sole measure: It's deeply, madly Cher."[45] At Newsday, Glenn Gamboa evoked that "Cher doesn't just survive here, she thrives."[44] Kevin Catchpole of PopMatters affirmed that "Cher has provided a welcome return to the music world with Closer to the Truth."[46]

John Hamilton of Idolator felt that the album "turns out to be one of Cher's most engaging albums, a strong collection of pop tunes the world would be wise to pick up."[42] Gay Times felt that it was "a fantastic, if long-overdue, return from one of the greatest singers of our time."[49] At So So Gay, Ed Brody highlighted that the release way "anything but a meek return to the spotlight for one of pop's most enduring and resilient emissaries", and proclaimed this was "a fantastically strong renaissance album."[50] Bill Lamb of called it "well balanced with the first half amounting to an uptempo dance suite and the second half explore more ballad territory."[39]

However, AllMusic told that the album was "not terrible by any stretch, but the first half of the album is so much fun that this half suffers in comparison. An entire album of disco ball-shattering dance songs may have been too much and worn out its welcome."[40] At The Montreal Gazette, Mark J. LePage felt that the release was "kind of like a miracle, and kind of sad and kind of heroic that it even exists."[43] Slant Magazine's Sal Cinquemani wrote that the album "not only perpetuates this exhausted (and exhausting) formula, but fails to attempt to reinvent it in even the most minute ways."[47]

At The Guardian, Caroline Sullivan said that "The first half of the album is a similar campstravganza – Take It Like a Man indeed – but the second peters out into MOR."[41] At The Boston Globe, Michael Andor Brodeur gave a mixed review, when he highlighted that the album was "presumably designed for the drive home from the club, seems to insist she’s more than a remix ingredient or Auto-tune fodder."[51]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, Closer to the Truth sold 63,000 copies in its first week of release and debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, becoming Cher's highest-charting solo album.[52] It spent three out of its first four weeks on the Billboard 200 within the top ten. As of February 2014 the album has sold over 285,000 copies in the US.[53][54][55] In the UK the album debuted at number four, giving Cher her first top-five studio album there since 1991's Love Hurts, with 14,621 units, and was still in the top ten the next two weeks selling respectively 8,281 and 7,829 copies. The album has been certified Gold in Canada in November 2013 for shipments of 40,000 copies.[56][57] As of March 2017 the album has sold 585,000 copies worldwide.[58]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Closer to the Truth.

Closer to the Truth – US Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Woman's World"
  • Oakenfold
  • Crawford[a]
  • Walker[a]
  • Jeff Fenster[a]
2. "Take It Like a Man" 4:10
3. "My Love"
  • Taylor
4. "Dressed to Kill"
  • Taylor
5. "Red"
  • Josh Crosby
  • Walker[a]
  • Fenster[a]
6. "Lovers Forever"
  • Taylor
7. "I Walk Alone"
  • Mann
  • MachoPsycho
8. "Sirens"
  • Taylor
9. "Favorite Scars"
  • TMS
10. "I Hope You Find It"
  • Taylor
11. "Lie to Me"
  • Moore
  • Mann
  • Mann
Total length: 41:15
  • ^a signifies an additional producer
  • ^b signifies a co-producer
  • "Take It Like a Man" contains additional vocals from Jake Shears.
  • "I Walk Alone" contains background vocals from Pink.


Credits for Closer to the Truth adapted from AllMusic.[63]

  • Josie Aiello – vocals (background)
  • Tom Barnes – composer, drums
  • Paul Barry – composer
  • Dario Brigham-Bowes – composer
  • Lorne Ashley Brigham-Bowes – composer, keyboards, programming
  • Greta Svabo Bech – composer
  • Gina Brooke – make-up
  • Nell Bryden – composer
  • Sandy Buglass – guitar
  • Rita Campbell – vocals (background)
  • Jon Castelli – mixing engineer
  • Jon Chen – A&R
  • Cher – composer, executive producer, primary artist
  • Bianca Claxton – vocals (background)
  • Ryan Corey – art direction, design
  • Anthony "TC" Crawford – additional production, composer
  • Josh Crosby – producer
  • Dario Darnell – keyboards, programming
  • Roger Davies – management
  • Justin Derrico – guitar (acoustic)
  • Shirley Eikhard – composer
  • Jeff Fenster – A&R, additional production
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing
  • Josh Gudwin – engineer, vocal engineer
  • John Hanes – engineer
  • Kuk Harrell – engineer, vocal engineer, vocal producer, vocals (background)
  • Wayne Hector – composer
  • Jeri Heiden – art direction, design
  • JP Jones – composer
  • Pete Kelleher – keyboards, vocals (background)
  • Peter Kelleher – composer
  • Ben Kohn – composer, guitar
  • Miguel Lara – assistant
  • Mary Leay – composer
  • Lee Levin – drums
  • Robin Lynch – composer, guitar (electric)
  • MachoPsycho – engineer, keyboard programming, producer
  • Marjan Malakpour – stylist
  • Billy Mann – arranger, composer, engineer, guitar (acoustic), guitar (electric), keyboard programming, producer, vocals (background)
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering
  • Patrick Mascall – composer, guitar
  • Tony Maserati – mixing
  • Machado Cicala Morassut – photography
  • Matt Morris – composer, vocals (background)
  • Ryan Nasci – assistant engineer
  • Marc Nelkin – composer
  • Chris "Tek" O'Ryan – engineer
  • Paul Oakenfold – composer, producer
  • Niklas "Nikey" Olovson – bass, composer
  • Jeanette Olsson – vocals (background)
  • Tebey Ottoh – composer
  • Deb Paull – personal assistant
  • Laura Pergolizzi – composer
  • Adam Phillips – guitar
  • Bonnie McKee – composer, vocals (background)
  • Pink – composer
  • Tim Powell – composer, keyboards, producer, programming
  • Sam Preston – composer, instrumentation
  • Steve Price – engineer
  • Serena Radaelli – hair stylist
  • Steve Robson – composer
  • Liz Rosenberg – publicity
  • Jennifer Ruiz – personal assistant
  • Carl Ryden – composer
  • Lindsay Scott – executive producer, management
  • Jake Shears – vocals
  • Robin Smith – string arrangements
  • Ash Soan – drums
  • Jeffrey Steele – composer
  • Ren Swan – engineer, mixing
  • Mark Taylor – composer, instrumentation, keyboards, producer, programming, vocal producer
  • TMS – producer
  • J.D. Walker – additional production, composer
  • Pete Wallace – arranger, bass, engineer, keyboard programming, keyboards
  • Dan Warner – guitar (electric)
  • Eric Weaver – engineer
  • Allen Wolfe – A&R
  • Jonathan Yudkin – composer, string arrangements, strings

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label
Australia[96] September 20, 2013
Canada[98] September 24, 2013
United States[100]
France[101] September 30, 2013
Italy[102] October 1, 2013
Germany[104] October 4, 2013
Ireland[105] October 11, 2013
United Kingdom[106] October 14, 2013
United States[107] November 19, 2013


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