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Post-Beatles, the virtues of deft song interpretation have been consistently devalued in favor of self-contained composer-performers, seldom more so than in the initial response to this sequel to Annie Lennox's triumphant solo debut, Diva. That album's gripping originals deserve acclaim, but the lush Scottish alto remains one of the most riveting pop singers of the past two decades, and this smartly chosen, meticulously arranged collection of cover versions boasts its own abundant charms in her selection of obscure gems and bona fide classics from Al Green, Procol Harum, Neil Young, the Clash, the Temptations, Paul Simon, Bob Marley, and the Blue Nile. The songs are the rightful stars here, and Lennox brings passion and nuance to a set that plays beautifully. From the cinematic heartbreak of "No More I Love Yous" to the faithful recreation of the Blue Nile's "Downtown Lights," this is ravishing pop. --Sam Sutherland


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  • Audio CD (March 14, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000002VUC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,621 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By William on February 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I originally bought this album in 1995. After enjoying her previous solo album "Diva", I decided this could be a winner as well. It's actually more than a winner, a masterpiece is what this album is. A voice like Annie's is hard to beat, and this album features re-workings of classics such as 'Don't let it bring you down' (Neil Young) and Paul Simon's 'Something so Right'. Guess what? They are actually better than the originals which is a personal opinion but I am sure many would agree. Look out also for a brilliant cover of 'A Thin Line Between Love and Hate", and 'Take Me to the River'. Back in 1995 when it was released, it didn't do very well on the charts and that surprised me - it richly deserved a number one album placement. The song 'Don't let it bring you down' is featured in the 'American Beauty' film and hopefully it will lead more people to discover this masterpiece album. I only gave it 4 stars rather than 5 due to 2 tracks which seem out of place. I'll leave it up to you to work them out.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth M. Gelwasser VINE VOICE on December 10, 2004
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I've been a fan of the music of Annie Lennox (and her partner Dave Stewart) since the early days of the '80s band, Eurythmics. Once she said everything she could say with that musical pairing, Lennox went on to a solo career, that continued to prove she was a talented & original, consummate artist. I think, that is why so many people were rather surprised, when she came out with the 1995 CD, "Medusa", which was basically an album of 'cover' tunes. The funny thing about 'cover' albums is that it is a niche in the music industry, where artists can so easily fail and make a fools of themselves. Many cover albums have appeared in the past that are flat, uninspired and have come off as just bad 'kareoke'. This is not the case with Annie Lennox's "Medusa". She takes songs, that I'm assuming she enjoys or has in some way ment something to her and completely gives them her own original spin. In other words, she makes them her own. Case in point would be my personal favorite cut of the album, "Don't Let it Bring You Down". This Neil Young, folk-rock tune is a classic in it's own right. It takes a lot of guts (or a certain part of the lower male anatomy) to take on a tune that is so intertwined with it's creator. Yet, Lennox does it and she's quite successful. Her version isn't necessarily better, its' just that she emotionally takes the tune to such a different place. I think that this is a strategy, that Lennox uses with most of the tunes on this album and it works. Other personal favorites include beautiful and very original covers of Bob Marley's "Waiting in Vain", Procul Harem's "A Whiter Shade of Pale" and Paul Simon's "Something So Right". I particularly love Lennox's upbeat and very danceble reading of The Clash's "Train in Vain". It just makes you want to move!Read more ›
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23, 2000
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I'm yet another person who was absolutely mesmerized by the song "Don't Let It Bring You Down" from the movie "American Beauty," and I wasn't a particular Eurythmics or Lennox fan in the past. I wasn't able to stay for the credits at the end of the movie, so I had to rely on the Net to learn who performed the song. Thank goodness I did NOT buy the movie soundtrack. "Don't Let It Bring You Down" isn't even on the soundtrack, and that makes absolutely NO sense!
I'm not the sentimental type, but that song nearly brought tears to my eyes w. its sheer beauty.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By R. Penola on December 24, 1999
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No matter what your listening pleasures may be, I defy anyone with a love of music not to be thoroughly intoxicated by this fabulous collection of covers. While we have all been seduced by NO MORE I LOVE YOUS in every bar, restaurant and even dentist's lounge since the album's release, there are so many more treats on this perfectly produced pop album. The arrangements reflect each original yet glimmer with their own distinctive sound, led, of course, by the supremely satisfying vocals by Annie Lennox. She truly bridges the gap between rock, pop and adult contemporary in her own niche, one that surely appeals to all. My personal favorite is WAITING IN VAIN, which has gotten me back in Bob Marley in a big way. Since I bought this CD three years ago, I rarely take it off my 5-CD carousel. It has brought me immeasurable joy and pleasure, and provides a perfect soundtrack to virtually anything you may choose to do with your time -- but every once in awhile, just sit and listen. The pleasures keep revealing themselves every time this CD spins.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By W. McNavage on October 7, 2002
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I guess I rate the longevity of music by how long I keep listening to it. I bought this album right before I went away to college failing to understand how it would impact me at the time. Since then I've downloaded it onto my computer at work, put many songs on my mp3 player and even mixed in many songs to cd's i've created for road trips or variety. I have to say this disc is perfect, and the fact that Annie pulls off these covers with such conviction suggests that she believes in every word. It was last year when I saw Serendipity and Waiting in Vain came on during a scene when I realized what a delayed effect this disc has on people. Downtown lights is still as cinematic and touching as it was when I first heard it. Don't let it bring you down, my least favourite in 1995 has since become a song I almost immediately return to each visit. No more I love you's will carry me through life I feel. I think you can feel every word on this album and relate. Having heard very few of the originals leaves little room for comparison. To me, this album is full of best friends and memories and maybe that is why it is so powerful, but it still amazes me how many years have gone by and how often I return to this disc. I am anxious for her new release and only hope that I can feel a little of that magic all over again. This album is classic and a true achievement. Too bad it took me 7 years to come up with these words.
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