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Annie Lennox's first album of original songs in 11 years on is a stylish tour de force that showcases the former Eurythmics chanteuse in all her chilly, shimmering splendor. Her formidable voice is still a supple and intriguing instrument, lithely shape-shifting between emotions, personas, and musical forms. Lennox moves effortlessly from the sparse and pristine lament of "A Thousand Beautiful Things" to the deceptively simple "Pavement Cracks," a solemn ballad that is transformed by electro dance beats that recall some of the best of the Eurythmics. But Lennox's quixotic voice is best utilized as an old-school soul instrument; she makes a metaphoric journey to Motown on "Hurting Time," a reflective ballad could have been lifted off a Miracles album. "Honesty," shows the Scottish diva at her well-mannered best, occupying the same sophisticated space formerly held by Carly Simon. --Jaan Uhelszki

1. A Thousand Beautiful Things
2. Pavement Cracks
3. The Hurting Time
4. Honestly
5. Wonderful
6. Bitter Pill
7. Loneliness
8. The Saddest Song I’ve Got
9. Erased
10. Twisted
11. Oh God (Prayer)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 10, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: J-Records
  • ASIN: B000089RVU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (318 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,841 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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109 of 120 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I've only recently gotten on an Annie Lennox kick and about the time I was becoming interested in her music her new CD comes out. It's fate I tell ya...
Anyway...what a sophisticated and brilliant work this is. From the liner notes (on the back cover so even if someone wasn't to buy the album they could still read Annie's words to her fans) which are compelling and honest to the pulsing beats and haunting vocals, this is a CD I won't be without for a long time.
Again about the notes on the back cover. In several short sentences she welcomes listeners new and old. Discussing her motivations from everything from lyrics to an in-depth explanation of the cover...it's clear this is an artist to be reckoned with.
I love Pavement Cracks (what a hook that song has), Bitter Pill, and Honesty. All the songs are easy on the ear and not only leave you humming the tune but also missing every minute you are away from them.
Throw away your teeny-bopper and boy band CD's, toss your British imports and bootlegs...this is THE CD to buy.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By "leopoldkessler" on June 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
It wouldn't be realistic for anybody to claim not to listen to pop music at all. That's what makes it more difficult to produce a masterpiece-album in pop than in any other genre. In this sense , and in many others, Annie's 1992 album "Diva" was a true triumph in adult pop music. With this album she showed us her amazing capacity to blend different musical disciplines (soul , funk , rock , pure pop , electronic...) and an eclectic collection of arrangements; though creating a conceptually rigid album. The album was backed up with perfect production an excellent audio-visual "diva" concept (remember the album sleeve and the Grammy-winner video) which helped the album eventually become a cult artistic collection of words, music and images.
My devotion to "Diva" at first made it difficult for me to believe that she would ever be able to produce an album that good again. Having listened to "Bare", now I have second thoughts. Bare is a collection of beautiful and exquisite music and lyrics. The overall structure is consistent in musical , lyrical and conceptual preferences. "A Thousand Beautiful Things" is one of the best openings I've ever listened to. It's elegant , stylish , complex in vocal arrangements and thereby a perfect sample of what kind of songs we encounter in the rest of the album. "Pavement Cracks" is a catchy , beautiful electro - pop piece in the 80's, particularly Eurythmics style. I think it possesses the spirit to become a classic in the long run. My favourite piece is "The Hurting Time", a hypnotizing , charming ballad which extremely suits Annie's vocal characteristics , enables her and the musicians to improvise and add their emotions to the melodies. The successor to this masterpiece is another source of beauty; "Honestly".
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By M. Regan on July 30, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is Annie Lennox in her finest hour. Having just recently gone through the painful breakup of my own marriage, when I listen to this album it actually gives me peace. Her lyrics, the music, and her brilliant voice give me strength and hope. The first time I heard it in its entirety, I felt changed. The song "Hurting Time" is haunting, yet it has such a pretty melody, which she sings to perfection. You can really "feel" what Annie is singing about - which is rare in most popular music. She certainly conveys her sadness and anger, but what is most refreshing is that it's not about blaming "him" - it's compassionate and honest. She is truly an amazing artist. I've been a fan for many years, and between her "Diva" album and "Bare," I am getting the healing and inspiration that I need to move on. Some friends have questioned why I would listen to such a sad album...I tell them it's much more than sad - that it's cathartic for me to hear her and that she is courageous for creating something so beautiful out of her loss. It's actually quite uplifting. This CD contains the most meaningful music I've heard in a long time...
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By LSC on June 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
One of the best things about Annie Lennox is that her integrity as an artist is unquestioned. She doesn't make records for the money -- she's got enough of that. She hardly makes records at all. When she does deign to return to the studio, it's because she WANTS to, because the muse is calling.
"Bare" is Annie's brilliant return to the music scene. The album features many different musical styles: rock, pop, soul, alternative. But the consistent theme running throughout is that Lennox has been through hell and it's a terrible place, but she's working through it and getting on with life.
The entire record is very strong, with each song leading perfectly into the next. Of course, there are standout tracks. "Loneliness" is my personal favorite. It's as close to a rock anthem as Annie is likely to get, and it's extremely well done, with poignant lyrics, soaring vocals, and insanely catchy hooks.
Another gem is "The Saddest Song I've Got." And, yes, it is very sad. But Lennox's rich, deeply textured alto carries the melody so beautifully, you almost forget you're about to cry.
Speaking of that voice, it sounds even stronger and certainly more mature than ever. Lennox doesn't rely on vocal acrobatics to make a point or prove she's a great singer. Instead she simply sings with passion and conviction, letting her naturally gorgeous voice stand on its own.
"Bare" is a wonderful addition to the Annie Lennox catalogue. Thank you, Annie, for hanging in there. Thanks for sharing your talent and your hopeful spirit with us.
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