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Diva

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LENNOX ANNIE DIVA

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The term "diva" is an honorific to be bestowed, not a title to be claimed. That alone gets Annie Lennox's 1992 solo debut off on the wrong foot. Nor does it help that, instead of following the often-daring path of her former outfit, the Eurythmics, Lennox chose instead to wrap her big, emotional voice in aloof, sophisticated settings rendered primarily on synthesized keyboards. "Why" is a gorgeous ballad about a crumbling relationship, but nothing about the pristine "Walking on Broken Glass" comes close to the danger its title implies. "Precious" offers little beyond lite funk, while "Cold" is studiously icy and distant. Only "Why" and the closing number, "The Gift," achieve the sort of richly detailed intimacy she was obviously reaching for here. So hold off on that diva stuff, Annie. We'll let you know when it's time. --Daniel Durchholz


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 12, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000002VMH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,709 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By J. Derek Reardon on April 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Very few times have I ever seen an album title so perfectly describe an artist and release. Forget comparing her with her past (and present) in the Eurythmics; with Diva, Annie Lennox makes audiences stand up and take notice of her power and talent as an individual. With poignant lyrics, lush orchestrations, and her incredible voice, Annie Lennox puts together a brilliant and powerful piece of aural beauty. Even before Lillith Fair and the "women's movement" in music came along, Annie Lennox was showing the world how women really were "doin' it for themselves." And she was doin' it with style, grace, beauty, brains, power, and finesse.
The release begins on a very strong note with "Why" which showcases the strength, power and beauty of Annie's voice, accompanied by lush, beautiful orchestration. It's no wonder this song was a huge success as a single in 1992. "Walking on Broken Glass" was also released as a single and had a lot of success; it still gets played a lot today on light rock stations. This is a very strong and uplifting song. Unfortunately for me, some of its initial power and edge has been lost because it has been overplayed, but that's just a personal interjection. "Precious" gives us a bit of the soul rock flavor that Eurythmics' fans are familiar with; this is a fantastic and strong attitude song. "Legend in My Living Room" is another fantastic soul-rock attitude song that tells it like it is; you'll be struttin' around with your hands on your hips and singing along. "Cold" returns us to the deep, lush, melancholic feel we started with in "Why" with just a bit of attitude thrown in. "Money Can't Buy It" is a power pop attitude song enhanced by powerful lyrics; you'll be swaying, clapping, and singing along to this one.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Hornik on November 5, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I have bought many other cds from many other artists, and after a few times of listening to them, they end up on the shelf collecting dust. This has never happened with 'Diva'. Annie speaks to your soul with her music. "Why", "Cold", these songs I have never grown tired of. They can still make me bawl like a baby. Annie Lennox's voice and vocal energy on this album...how can I do her justice with mere words, she touches your soul and your heart with her incredible vocal talent and the emotion she pours out in each tune. You can feel her pain, her love and, yes, sometimes even contempt in each word she sings. Her voice is hauntingly beautiful, wonderfully soulful, and deliciously creamy. She is one the greatest female singers of our century and this album proves it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Music Fan on April 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Annie Lennox, in my opinion is one of the greatest female singers alive today, with vocal ability and beauty that can make other artists feel sheepish in the prescence of this fantastic woman. Although Annie is fighting to keep the independent side of her alive most people always classify her under her former group Eurythmics, which in my opinion was Annie's immateur phase. On this album she produces songs on this album ranging from a variety of styles that will satisfy anybody's appetite. Among my favorites is "Why," a beautiful ballad about a relationship that took a turn for the worse, "Walking On Broken Glass" sounds more like a pop song with the same concept in mind as "Why" except that Annie demands attention from her lover, "Money Can't Buy It" sounds like a song Blondie would sing, she even raps at the end! "Little Bird" Annie's voice really shines through on this track, with an incredible beat and of course, Annie's vocals as the chorus, and "The Gift" about the miracle of breaking up, it's very sad yet moving song.
For a debut album this certainly tops the list, and after you buy this album you will understand my point of view.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 5, 1999
Format: Audio CD
To a previous reviewer: "Diva is an honorific to be bestowed, not claimed"? Don't condescend, and don't criticise a work just because you haven't read between the lines. The title is meant to be ironic, as testified by the videos,interviews and bonus track "Keep Young And Beautiful".That's precisely what gives the largely gentle album its refreshingly intelligent pop edge. She's playing with the role of the trapped and fallen "diva". But best of all, she still manages to provide some sincere and beatiful tracks which transcend these ironies (notably "Why" and "The Gift"). All good stuff.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on December 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
There was no question that Annie Lennox was going to make it solo. Face it, she was the prominent and more visible part of Eurythmics, while her cohort Dave Stewart did...uh...let's see... Seriously though, Lennox's first solo effort Diva has her more the queen of bad love and doom, and that deep timbre of a melodic voice of hers rings truly here. The music here lacks the hooks of Eurythmics songs such as "Thorn In My Side" or "Sweet Dreams." No, this is a more serious affair. The bitterness of songs like "Don't Ask Me Why" are there, though.
Synths and high octave piano form a lush but poignant backing on "Why", on words and thoughts on a life that have never come out into the open, and the life that will be lead instead. The list of things she describes after the last verse comprises that, "the book I never read", "the words I never said", "the path I'll never tread", etc. Her whispering "I don't think you know how I feel" addresses this lack of communication.
A kind of brisk tempo highlights the strings-laden "Walking On Broken Glass." The title is in reference to her life, which has been shattered, and hence she feels like she's... well... A very Buddhist outlook on life is shown when she sings "now everyone one of us was made to suffer/everyone of us was made to weep."
A slow but steady drum machine sets the tempo for "Precious", punctuated by bass and airy synths, rejoicing on the arrival of a special one who's a breath of fresh air after being "covered up with sadness" and being cynical and twisted all the years. The repeated refrain "Well I was lost until you came" enhances that message as well.
The bitter disappointment of dreams sunken by reality leading to a hard life on a dead end street is what "Legend In My Living Room" portrays.
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