Album Reviews

Annie Lennox – Nostalgia

Artist:     Annie Lennox

Album:     Nostalgia

Label:     Blue Note

Release Date:     10/27/2014

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Sweet dreams must sound a lot like pop icon Annie Lennox singing a collection of favorite soul, jazz and blues songs, on Nostalgia, her newest album released by Blue Note Records. Lennox interprets romantically poetic lyrics that feel both personal and intuitive even if Hoagy Carmichael and Billie Holiday introduced them to the world 50 years ago. She wields that same distinctive voice that helped to make the Eurythmics famous in the 1980s and earned her four Grammy awards to reinterpret the standards of years past. Lennox soulfully sings the provocative “God Bless the Child,” which carries even more resonance with her work as a dedicated political activist, philanthropist and international humanitarian. With the beautifully painful “Strange Fruit,” she vocally languishes over the descriptions of dark and bloody images of violent hate crimes that have marked a nation’s history of racism, bigotry, and social inequalities.  At 60 years old, the visually androgynous Lennox remains as timeless as the music she so tenderly resurrects. “I Put A Spell on You,” serves as an emotional Lennox anthem sung in communion with a stunning tribute album spanning a 75-year-old legacy of jazz music that adds perfect complement to her already extraordinary canon.

– Donna Marie Miller

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