Jukebox Notes: Annie Lennox Releases Her First Ever Retrospective

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ALBUM DETAILS

The Annie Lennox Collection paints a vivid portrait in song of the most successful female British artist in pop music history. Available on February 17 from Arista Records, this 14-song retrospective brings together the acclaimed artist’s finest solo work on a single disc for the first time, and includes a pair of new songs recorded exclusively for this release.

Spanning 15 years, The Annie Lennox Collection also available in a limited deluxe CD/DVD edition includes hits from her four top-selling solo albums Diva (1992), Medusa (1995), Bare (2003) and last year’s highly praised Songs of Mass Destruction (2007). The timeless music selected for this collection uniquely reflects the essence of the singer’s instantly recognizable brand of soul music on tracks like “Why,” “Walking on Broken Glass” and “No More ‘I Love You’s’” — a song that earned Lennox one of her four Grammys.

“It seems like the time has come to release the Collection,” Lennox says of her first best-of set. “I’m very proud of these songs. They are timeless and have become ‘classics’ in their own right.”

The two new songs that Lennox recorded specially for this collection include “Pattern of My Life,” written by Tom Chaplin of Keane. The second is a cover of Shining Light, a song originally recorded in 2001 by Ash. “I first discovered this song by Ash about six years ago, and I simply couldn’t stop listening to it. It’s so exultant that it virtually shimmers,” Lennox says. “Shining Light” is the retrospective’s first single and hitting the airwaves of Adult Top 40 and hot AC formats February 9. Look for the video to premiere exclusively on AOL Music this week.

On February 10, Annie Lennox will perform songs from her new collection and interview with New York Times chief pop music critic, Jon Pareles at The New York Times Talk Live – An Evening with Annie Lennox. Her promotional tour continues with performances on Good Morning America (ABC) February 10 and Live With Regis & Kelly (ABC) February 11. On February 13, Lennox will perform on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC) and the GRAMMY Museum at LA Live will host An Evening with Annie Lennox. The night will include an Audience Q&A session and special performance. A one hour 5-song performance and interview A&E Television Private Sessions will air March 8.

During The 2008 American Music Awards, Justin Timberlake presented Lennox with the Award of Merit. In years past this award has been given to some of the industry’s most influential artists. Previous honorees include Prince, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Johnny Cash, Paul McCartney, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond and Gloria Estefan. During the show, Lennox give a special performance of Why which was her first appearance since having back surgery in August 2008.

“There are certain musicians that other musicians love, and she is one of those special artists, held in the highest regard by her peers,” Timberlake said of Lennox. “I love that she’s always been on the cutting edge of fashion, she’s always looked so so cool and taught us how to look cool. Then there’s her humanitarian work. She’s been an activist for just causes all over the world, mostly in silent ways that you’ve never even heard about. She does this from her heart, motivated purely by love.”

Among the many highlights on The Annie Lennox Collection is “Sing,” a song that references The SING Campaign, a humanitarian organization Lennox founded to raise awareness and support for the AIDS/HIV pandemic in Africa. “We’re still in the early stages, but this is a lifelong commitment on my part,” Lennox says. “I’m coming out from behind my singing voice to express myself in broader terms and help give a voice to those who don’t have the same opportunities as I do.”

A dynamic activist, Lennox recently received the Red Cross Services to Humanity Award, the YouthAids outstanding achievement award, was named the 2008 Glamour Inspirational Woman of the Year and sang for Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebration this summer in London.

In her 26-year career, both as a member of the groundbreaking Eurythmics and as a solo artist, Lennox has amassed sales of more than 78 million albums worldwide. Her towering achievements also include 34 hit singles, four Grammy Awards, 11 Brit Awards and five Ivor Novello Awards. The superstar has also won an Academy Award and Golden Globe.

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CD/DELUXE CD Track Listing

1. “Little Bird”
2. “Walking on Broken Glass”
3. “Why”
4. “No More I Love You’s”
5. “Precious”
6. “A Whiter Shade of Pale”
7. “A Thousand Beautiful Things”
8. “Sing”
9. “Pavement Cracks”
10. “Love Song for a Vampire”
11. “Cold”
12. “Dark Road”
13. “Pattern of My Life”
14. “Shining Light”

LIMITED EDITION DELUXE DVD

1. “Little Bird”
2. “Walking on Broken Glass”
3. “Why”
4. “No More I Love You’s”
5. “Precious”
6. “A Whiter Shade of Pale”
7. “A Thousand Beautiful Things”
8. “Sing”
9. “Pavement Cracks”
10. “Cold”
11. “Dark Road”

THE ANNIE LENNOX COLLECTION TRACK BY TRACK

“LITTLE BIRD”: When I went to make the video with Sophie Mueller I was seven months pregnant, so for that reason I came up with the idea of look-alikes of all my different personas and I wouldn’t have to do the whole thing. We had this audition that was just the most surreal experience of my life. Sophie and I were in the darkness of a theater, lines of people cueing up, thinking they could be a potential Annie Lennox. And it was just the maddest thing I’ve ever been involved with. I was literally in total hysterics on the floor of the theater.

“WALKING ON BROKEN GLASS”: It was a wonderful video. There are some great people involved– John Malkovich and that Hugh Laurie before he had an American accent! That was just tremendous fun: the idea of it being a period piece, a woman scorned, hell hath no fury. That could be the title of “Broken Glass” as an alternative! The video is very tongue-in-cheek. People take me a little seriously: I have a sense of humor.

“NO MORE I LOVE YOU’S”: This is the best video we’ve ever made. This old bordello juxtaposed where we’re all looking for love, but the sexual exchanges are the smoke and mirrors that confuse us. I love turning things on their heads. I love questioning sexuality and what it all is because we’re all so confused about it, including myself still. I’d known that song for quite some time. I love doing cover songs; the song is there, you just have to reinterpret it.

“WHY”: I think the meaning’s changed over the years: It’s a universal sense of “I need to say this.” It’s almost like testifying. Things in the world are so baffling at times, so you ask a question. It’s taking all this darkness and disappointment about the wars and what you’re gone through, the ashes of experience, and looking back on it. It’s a building that’s crashed and burned. It’s looking at the aftermath of things. What is this about, the human condition.

“LOVE SONG FOR A VAMPIRE”: Francis Ford Coppola was going to make a film about vampires from Bram Stoker, but I went and read Anne Rice. I was fascinated by the mythology of the vampire in psychic and psychological terms and I wanted to write a song that contained the essence of that ancient thing. There’s something kind of co-dependent in a vampire and victim; this doomed connective love affair. The vampire is always seeking satisfaction, is doomed to seek that.

“PRECIOUS”: I just had my first baby and I wanted to write a song; I was so grateful. Now it’s for both my children, so it’s in plural. I love them both equally. There is this incredible gratitude toward my children and their safe delivery into the world and how precious that was for me. It was a very personal, sweet song. I lost my first baby. I carried on in life, whereas my baby didn’t survive. It didn’t come that easy for me to have a family.

“1000 BEAUTIFUL THINGS”: It’s a song of gratitude. I was coming through a dark period. I was desperately trying to find some joy and I wasn’t getting it and I was trying to remind myself what happiness meant. I was grasping at straws trying to find a reason to be cheerful and then that song came. There was beauty after all. It was a little mantra, to remind myself to live, breathe, sleep, to try to make your life complete. There is a sunrise, a drop of dew, a breath of child or a flower opening. That is the divine gift of life.

“SING”: The function of this song was to launch the SING campaign. I wanted to make an anthem. I want to come back and write more SING theme songs and use them as a vehicle. People talked a lot about the 23 artists that I invited to sing with me; it’s a call of solidarity. HIV/AIDS has so much stigma and people are terrified to speak up. Singing is a metaphor for speaking. We must speak up about AIDS. Women must express themselves. They must take up arms, not in weapons, but they must take up the fight.

“PAVEMENT CRACKS”: That was another song from the “Bare” period. I was very, very down. I was trying to survive one day at a time. I was feeling kind of desperate really. It has a feeling of all my colors fade to black. It’s not hard to listen to; I remember the pain without listening to the song. I know the world is painful, but I’ve tried to work with that pain so that it doesn’t destroy me. I didn’t want to end up so full of pain that that’s my calling card.

“A WHITER SHADE OF PALE”: This was one of the first records I ever bought, I was 14 years old. It became like a theme song to my teenage years, I could never stop playing it. I just thought I identify with the song so much that I could dare to attempt it. It’s a very audacious thing to do. I was so earnest about it. Maybe some people were like, “She has no right.” I hope Procol Harum didn’t mind me covering it, no one wrote to me and said they objected.

“COLD”: That is one of my favorite songs. Obviously as an artist there may be songs that you like more or less than others. I don’t know where it came from. It has such dynamic range, it’s incredibly powerful. I can’t explain it. The imagery is beautiful: “Winter has frozen us, let love take hold of us.” I love singing those lyrics. I think I did okay, the imagery was spot on. I wanted to describe the exquisite quality of the glint of ice, the sheen of hoarfrost and the sensibility and the internal feeling of unrequitedness and longing and putting it together with the coldness of ice.

“DARK ROAD”: The dark road is a metaphor for life’s journey, almost like the Pilgrim’s progress. You could get led astray; you could lose your way. There’s a future ahead and you don’t know where it’s going. It’s going to be a dark road at some point. It is what it is. There’s a place where you have to accept it’s going to have its up and down and its high points and its low points.

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The Court of Public Opinion

  • I miss the good old 80s with real melodys in songs and not the sound FX overdrive we get in modern tunes.