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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.
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".Read more ›
"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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I love Annie and thankfully this CD (and Songs of Mass Destruction) survived delivery Amazon poorly packed the 2 CDs in a box with a big bottle of dog supplements, and stacked it... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Patricia L Elder
Knew I needed to order a CD, got a good deal too. "GREAT QUALITY COPY!" THANX!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Annie's Bare album helped me get through the death of my husband in 2014. I must have played it 500 times. She's a genius with a pure soul. Catch Nostalgia on DVD. Read morePublished 3 months ago by LaurieHL
You could tell Annie was in a sad mood. Her voice is still great, hope she's better now.Published 9 months ago by Sharona