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Album Review

The critics savaged Annie Lennox's sophomore effort when it first came out, and it's easy to see why: it's not that an all-covers album was a bad idea, but she did pick some rather large shoes to fill and she did kind of run roughshod over the songs themselves, taking gritty material by the likes of Neil Young and the Clash and turning it into super-slick electro-pop ear candy. But on the other hand, candy sometimes really hits the spot, and Lennox's rendition of "No More I Love You's" by the ultra-obscure British pop band the Lover Speaks is ravishingly, heartbreakingly lovely. Those who have never heard the Clash's original version of "Train in Vain" might not find her version as objectionable as the critics did, either. But there's no arguing with the critics when it comes to her anemic take on the Al Green classic "Take Me to the River" or her equally numb rendition of Neil Young's "Don't Let It Bring You Down." Those who have given up on looking cool, however, might find themselves able to enjoy her gentle arrangement of "A Whiter Shade of Pale." Don't pay full price for this, but snap it up if you find it in a bargain bin somewhere.

Customer Reviews

One review? No wonder with that clueless review by iTunes above.

This isn't just great, it's one of the greatest albums ever recorded. It's Annie Lennox's best vocal performances, original takes on classic songs. I'm mainly a hard rock fan (Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Hendrix), very sceptical of someone covering a Clash song (it's perfect) or a Neil Young classic (I like it as much as the original), but oh my god does she do it, in her wonderful way. Even a rocker has to relax once in a while. Do not let the reviewer convince you to miss this incredible work. Listen to the cuts below. It will become one of your favorite albums.

Find Someone Who's Turning

Listen to Annie's song, "Don't Let It Bring You Down." It was used in the movie, American Beauty, which won the Oscar for Best Picture around 1999 or 2000. The song is featured late in the movie, and it helps create a strong mood for what appears to be a rainy-night seduction scene. I put this song on "infinite replay" now and then on my ipod, never get tired of it. There's a clarity and integrity in Annie's singing which reminds me of Joan Baez. I gave the album five stars, just to make sure that covers this song.

Deep Attachment

I enjoy the distinct and steady energy throughout this album. I haven't existed long enough to appreciate the original songs Annie Lennox used and recomposed into this album, so I can't argue a comparison to the originals. This album resonates with me personally because it was the first CD I had ever listened to (back when CDs were introduced) and it deeply impressed me with how primal and feminine it sounded. The selected songs target emotional motivations that popular songs are not brave enough to make their center. Do not have failed expectations for remakes to compete with originals. These songs reveal the hidden alternative possibilities of some great pre-existing music by building upon with quality musicianship. It is a soft and powerful album to listen to when life makes you feel like you just don't want to be awake anymore, but you are not tired at all.


Born: December 25, 1954 in Aberdeen, Scotland

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Following the disbandment of Eurythmics in 1991, vocalist Annie Lennox began a solo career that rivaled Eurythmics' in terms of crossover popularity. Born and raised in Aberdeen, Scotland, Lennox began playing music as child, learning how to play both the piano and flute. In her late teens, she won a scholarship to London's Royal Academy of Music, but she dropped out before she took her finals. For the next several years, she worked around London, performing various jobs during the day and singing...
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