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LENNOX ANNIE DIVA
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
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In her debut solo album, "Diva", she comes out in full force with powerful songs, instantly catchy hooks, and brilliant arrangements. She gives each song everything she has and you catch a glimpse of her spirit, realizing that this is what she was born to do. From the masterful handling of rythmms and instricacies to the wells of strength exhibited in her voice and music, this is essential Lennox.
My favorite tracks include:
"Why", the hit single that shows her extreme vulnerability and complexity as she tries to explain a relationship that's breaking down. It castes a spell on you and you have to stop dead in your tracks, no matter what your doing, as you're swept away her brilliance.
"Walking On Broken Glass", full of dynamic energy with immensely catchy piano and rythmm. This is such a fun song to listen to. One of the best arrangements I've heard.
"Money Can't Buy It", her powerful anti-materialism anthem, a message that needs to be heard with our society's infatuation with money and possessions. The rap half-way through is one of the highlights of the album.
"Little Bird", with its classic Lennox vibe. Sounds almost like a soul/gospel song about breaking free.
I also liked "Stay By Me" with its romantic, nostalgic melancholy. "The Gift" is the albums most subdued track, showcasing Lennox's beautiful introspective lyrics.
Honestly, by buying this album used from Amazon, you could change your life for the price of a Big Mac. It's very high on my favorites list and I admire Lennox's talent and creativity. I went on to buy two more of her albums after hearing this one and I don't regret it. You won't either.