tituspullo1971 saidmadonna makes very good pop music (or at least she used to), but her forte was always self-promotion. cyndi lauper has always had a far more powerful voice, a better vocal range, better vocal tone (watch live performances: madonna needs to fall back occasionally on pre-recorded high notes, and frequently goes flat, even when it's a single number -- such as her oscar performances of sooner or later; cyndi does not go flat) and a more admirable willingness to take MUSICAL risks and experiment in styles.
what cyndi lauper lacked was madonna's (i hate to say it) ambition. madonna desperately needs to be loved, so she has built a career based on pushing people's buttons for attention. consequently, she always had people's attention. not so cyndi lauper.
hit the nail on the head.. but didn't wanna be torched by the Madonna fans by saying it
it seems as though Madonna won't make a record unless the bottom line works (cd's/tours/paraphernalia) whereas Cyndi just goes with the flow..
i say this because as a Lady GaGa fan i'm already noticing her err toward the corporate side (ala Madonna), and has me questioning some of her musical choices - as some of her older slow ballads + brooklyn electro hubris have become less distinct for the sake of pop. regardless, she really does deserve all her success.
to be fair to Madonna... i couldn't find one song on Confessions i hated (except rhyming New York with "dork")