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Songs of Mass Destruction

Annie LennoxAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 2, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000UCEJEQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,953 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Menacing as they sound, the songs of mass destruction gathered on Annie Lennox's fifth solo disc don't manage to so much as nick the gorgeous instrument she's built her career on. Weaving artfully as ever around the contours of songs that suggest the worst--Lennox is world-wise and therefore maybe inevitably world-weary--she imparts gravity and grace in a voice as cloudless and surface-smooth as just-brewed mint tea; from the tentative beginnings of the mournful "Dark Road" to the gospel-bottomed gorgeousness of "Ghosts in My Machine," she's in full command of her considerable vocal powers. And it's possible she's never used them to such moving effect on a single record. Earlier Lennox or Eurythmics albums might have succumbed here and there to slight-seeming experiments in style, but Songs of Mass Destruction doesn't dilly-dally. All swerves, even playful ones (see "Love Is Blind" and "Coloured Bedspread," a synth-y song that wouldn't seem so out of place on a recent Madonna record), are on-message: "Womankind" busts wide open not only because it needs to (a voice this big can't be contained, it reminds us), but to demo empowerment, and the hopeful "Sing" signs off with a seconds-long African guest vocal. There's an upside to the destruction of cultural wellness that led Lennox to write this record, and it's artistic creation. Songs of Mass Destruction is a sterling, rock-solid, expert example. --Tammy La Gorce

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Top Notch October 2, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan of Annie Lennox since her first Eurythmics album. She's still at the top of her game. Her voice is strong, and each track is a pleasure to listen to (remarkable since she wrote every song). She is a major talent, sorely needed in today's sorry music industry.

This special edition contains an extra disc, which repeats the entire album, and has Lennox comment on each and every song (similar to a director providing commentary to a movie). I believe this is the first time an artist had done this. There is also a music video for Dark Road, but it can ONLY be accessed with a computer.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Mind Is Broken And Forlorn. October 12, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I confess, I have a special place for Annie Lennox in my music collection. I admit my bias. After all, I was drawn to her from the first note of "Sweet Dreams" in the summer of 1983 at the tender age of 10. From then on, no matter what my peers said, I stuck with the Eurythmics through thick and thin. I saw them in concert at age 11 in the summer of 1984 for the "Touch" tour, with Howard Jones opening for them. I saw them again, at age 13, in the summer of 1986 for the "Revenge" tour. I stuck with them as "Savage" failed in America, and "We Two Are One" barely made a dent. I was disappointed when Dave and Annie split, but happy when Annie released "Diva", a near perfect album. Happy again when the Eurythmics reunited in 1999 for "Peace". And so on and so forth.

"Songs Of Mass Destruction" is by far Annie's best solo work since "Diva". It's her most consistent, diverse and confident work since "Diva". "Bare" was somewhat depressing and slow, but Annie definitely bounces back here.

Where to start? There are five upbeat tracks and six ballads. I liked all five upbeat tracks "Love Is Blind", "Ghosts In My Machine", "Womankind", "Coloured Bedspread" and "Sing". My favorites being the defiant "Ghosts In My Machine" and "Love Is Blind". I haven't heard Annie rail against personal demons like this since "Savage". "Coloured Bedspread" harkens back to "Sweet Dreams".

The six ballads "Dark Road", "Smithereens", "Through The Glass Darkly", "Lost", "Big Sky" and "Fingernail Moon" are pretty solid. My favorites being the moving "Dark Road" and "Lost" (which is featured prominently during the end credits of the film "In The Valley Of Elah", which is also very good I might add).
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerhouse Lennox October 8, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Ok, so I have both the standard and Deluxe editions. Below are my negative and positive thoughts on the item:

Positive:
- Booklet has 19 pages compared to the 12-page booklet in the standard edition
- There are more photographs in this one, than the standard edition
- The booklet is connected to the package itself, meaning less damage
- You get 2 discs for only a few dollars more than the standard edition
- The deluxe edition is very slimine and fits into a protective plastic mini-lp CD sleeve

Negative:
- The CDs are subject to scratches while removing or inserting them into the cardboard package due to lack of protective plastic inner sleeves

My feelings on the album itself:
As I said in the review of the standard edition...SOMD is very powerful music. Annie has weaved for us, a spectrum, an array of colors, mood and emotion. As with DIVA and BARE, SOMD tells an emotional rollercoaster of a story of its own, although it's far less grumpy or sad as BARE. Whether Annie croons, drops to a soft whisper or just plain belts it out in her clear alto style, I love every song, now that I've heard the album enough. I still think "Coloured Bedspread" is my favorite, because it's mysterious, sensual and upbeat with an Eurythmics edge. The song in particular caught my attention and I added it to my ipod playlist instantly. "Dark Road" is the perfect opener for SOMD because of the marriage between "stepping on eggshells" feel, as well as the rock-chick edge Annie gives it when the organ & guitar come in about 3/3 of the way through the song. Couldn't have a better Glen Ballard edge to it, if you ask me.
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135 of 165 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Annie Lennox's rebirth.... October 7, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Alright, first, it needs to be said that reviews on Amazon are supposed to be voted on by "WAS IT HELPFUL" in your decision to purchase. It isn't really meant to be "I already own it and loved/hated it--so this review is bad/good." Having said this--some of the reviews I have read herein are real stunners. We cannot usually listen to something ONCE in a store music cubicle and write a review or even make a decision.

I am a serious Annie Lennox fan and collector of 24 years(I have it ALL!)and am also in a place to be surrounded by extraordinary music (I am the personal assistant of vocal legend Yma Sumac) and know good from bad musically. And 'Songs of Mass Destruction' does NOT disappoint.

Many Lennox fans or passing admirers are addicted to her early 80's days of electro-pop (I adore it as well!) but we must understand that we all grow (or should!) and times change! And the artist changes! Lennox has NEVER made music for mass appeal or radio play or to be popular. She is less interested (based on my decades of research)in making you DANCE, than she is in making you FEEL or identify in some way.

SONGS OF MASS DESTRUCTION is one of those very rare albums where you can't only choose a few good songs as "the best". Each track has something considerably special about it. There are very upbeat tracks, some Delta blues kind of songs and some intensely sentimental slower tracks. Unlike many other singers (including opera singers) whose voices weaken by their 50's, Annie's has gone very much the other direction! That's amazing! Her voice is stronger and more clear than ever on this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Voice
Purest voice in the business. Adele might be close.
Published 19 days ago by justaguy
2.0 out of 5 stars Songs of Mass Disappointment
I love her, and I wanted to love this, but I couldn't. Coloured Bedspread is the only song that every gained any traction with me.
Published 1 month ago by Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars Longing for Annie's Next Big Thing
I recently revisited this recording and remembered how much I loved it at the time. I had hoped it was the beginning of a Lennox renaissance after the four year hiatus that... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sissy VanDyke
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Songs!!!
Annie Lennox goes beyond what we expect, a woman who knows herself and the things of life, his voice here is unsurpassed and exquisite production of Glen Balard makes the disc a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mauricelio
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm still in love with Annie Lennox
All her work is fabulous - and this is no exception. Timeless, classy and a joy to hear at any time.
Published 8 months ago by blotto
2.0 out of 5 stars She's rested on her laurels too long. No songs, no soul. Annoying...
Jagged Little Pill producer produced this "caterwauling". Not the blistering indictment it could have been. No weapons. No songs. She's very overrated. Mo-town mimic.
Published 8 months ago by Leonard Spicer
5.0 out of 5 stars Annie Lennox is the Queen of her world.
Annie Lennox is the Queen of her world, this cd has the heart breaking truth of love lost, but still loved. She is a master poet and is very much over looked.
Published 9 months ago by Morgan J. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I was completely surprised and delighted by this disc. It was released 6 years ago and I hadn't heard any of these songs till now. Love her voice and style.
Published 10 months ago by Mary Ann Sayers
4.0 out of 5 stars Still good
Bought this sometime ago but just getting around to reviewing it. I thought I had done it already.

I have liked Annie Lennox since I first heard and saw her on MTV... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Nick Pusloskie
2.0 out of 5 stars Not her best work
I am a huge fan of Annie Lennox. She has this voice that's moody with tones of soul that I'm very drawn to. Read more
Published 17 months ago by PaganAlexandria
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MY REVIEW! - Songs of mass destruction!
Your use of the word "redundant" is...well, you know.
Sep 30, 2007 by F. Mugavero |  See all 4 posts
Listen To ALL the Tracks / Here is How !
THANKS!!
Sep 29, 2007 by Adam |  See all 4 posts
Listen to DARK ROAD at http://www.myspac...
She is one of the best vocalists in rock. She and her voice are still beautiful.
Aug 20, 2007 by Nancy Beiman |  See all 2 posts
The guest list of artists that appear on the song "Sing".
according to the liner notes; Anastacia, Angelique Kidjo, Beth Orton, Beverly Knight, Bonnie Raitt, Celine Dion, Dido, Faith Hill, Fergie, Gladys Knight, Isobel Campbell, Joss Stone, K. D. Lang, KT Tunstall, Madonna, Martha Wainwright, Melissa Etheridge, Pink, Sarah McLachlan, Shakira, Shingai... Read More
Oct 31, 2007 by C. Jones |  See all 3 posts
Dark Road etc on Songs-Of-Mass-Des...
Very well done!
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