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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.
"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).Read more ›
- 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
- 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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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As a solo Annie Lacks her Eurithmic best. Still, I listen to her lovely voice as often as I do the birds of the morning.Published 13 days ago by Donald W. Hines
As advertised, delivered in a timely manner. I wish I was holding up this well - a fine and interesting album that avoids all the traps common to notable performers later in their... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Richard N.
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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
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Sep 29, 2007 by Adam | See all 4 posts
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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
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Very well done!
Aug 20, 2007 by SF real | See all 2 posts
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