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Bare [Import]

Annie Lennox Audio CD
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Annie Lennox is a British musician and recording artist, she was born on 25th December 1954 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Annie Lennox studied classical music at the Royal Academy of Music in London and began her recording career as a member of the British pop band The Tourists. Annie subsequently formed the synth-pop duo Eurythmics with former band mate David Stewart and went on to achieve ... Read more in Amazon's Annie Lennox Store

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  • Audio CD (7 Jun 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B000095JTT
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,694 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Thousand Beautiful Things
2. Pavement Cracks
3. The Hurting Time
4. Honestly
5. Wonderful
6. Bitter Pill
7. Loneliness
8. The Saddest Song (I've Got)
9. Erased
10. Twisted
11. Oh God (Prayer)

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Bare, Annie Lennox's first album of original songs in 11 years, is a stylish tour de force that showcases the former Eurythmics chanteuse in all her chilly, shimmering splendour. Her formidable voice is still a supple and intriguing instrument, lithely shape-shifting between emotions, personas and musical forms. Lennox moves effortlessly from the sparse and pristine lament of "A Thousand Beautiful Things" to the deceptively simple "Pavement Cracks", a solemn ballad that is transformed by electro dance beats that recall some of the best of the Eurythmics. But Lennox's quixotic voice is best utilised as an old-school soul instrument; she makes a metaphorical journey to Motown on "Hurting Time", a reflective ballad that could have been lifted off a Miracles album. "Honesty" finds the Scottish diva at her well-mannered best, occupying the sophisticated space formerly held by Carly Simon. --Jaan Uhelszki

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bare is Bold, Beautiful and Brilliant. 6 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
Annie Lennox has one of the most lush and haunting voices in pop music. Match that with her ability to write interesting lyrics and beautiful melodies and you get BARE in a wonderfully exposed package. After hearing this recording, it makes one wonder why it takes her so long to release new material. Parts of this cd are reminiscent of Eurythmics. But most of it is all Annie solo. I belive she had the same producer on Bare as she had on Diva. So if you loved Diva, you will be equally satisfied here as well. Favorite tracks are ..Honesty, wonderful, 1000 beautiful things, bitter pill. Only one throw back and it is the last song Oh God. It is a very short almost hymn she sings that is not pop. I heard this recording on the internet and downloaded it. I will be rushing to the stores on June 10 to purchase Bare. I believe we must support artists like Annie Lennox in hopes that she will make more amazing music in the future. This CD is worth every last penny.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lennox Is Free At Last 25 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bare is arguably the most personal work that Lennox has every produced. It is not immediately accessible on first listen, it is a record you have to replay and reflect on; but the effort is well worth the reward. The new collection of songs will appeal primarily to Lennox purists and anyone who has ever had a relationship hit the rocks (most of us right?!).
The album opens with the sparkling wistfulness of ‘1000 Beautiful Things’. Next is the first radio single from the album, ‘Pavement Cracks’ which stands out as the showpiece, that demonstrates that the power of her voice is as awesome as ever. The only thing to surpass it, is the live version and that can be found on the DVD of the solo tour. Next up is the gentle lazy soul of the ‘Hurting Time’ followed by ‘Honestly’, a beautifully layered double vocal arrangement on top of a hypnotic rhythm. While ‘Wonderful’ is a gentle massage that Lennox pushes deeper and deeper into the listener. The most up-tempo song ‘Bitter Pill’ is a deliciously funky track that is crying out to be remixed as a club anthem. ‘Loneliness’ is a track that leaves the listener spinning as if drunk, but if you take time to read the lyrics it makes sense; again Lennox requires the listener to work for their reward. A track that commands its own haunting space on the album is ‘The Sadist Song’ which leaves you feeling like you are standing in the middle of an Icelandic glacial lake. But there is no time for sentimentality, as the ferocious ‘Erased’ jumps from the record with the roar of old ‘I’ll just erase you from my memory’. The penultimate track ‘Twisted’ is a luscious close to a hypnotic 50 minutes.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An album to keep forever 5 May 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album contains some of the most beautifuly sung music ever. Not only do songs like Erased, 1000 beautiful things, Pavement cracks (best song on the album), the hurting time, loneliness have amazing melodies but because of her voice these songs are haunting yet beautiful. Other songs like 'Honesty' are quite complex with annie lennox singing but also with her head voice over the top. This album is without a doubt, in my opinion, one of the best albums ever written. 11/10
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back! 6 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
The hardly prolific Annie Lennox returns with eleven new songs.
The music and lyrics may be different, but there is nothing new here. Fans of Annie Lennox will buy and love this work, but it's merely a continuation of what she does (and to be fair - what she does best).
I'd be interested to hear some new production styles. Okay - maybe Timbaland or The Neptunes may be going overboard, but I loved how the Insects subtley revitalised the fabulous Alison Moyet's latest work on Hometime. Some of the production here is really dated - which has it's nostalgic charm in places - but overall it comes across sounding like Diva and most of the Eurythmics work. The gorgeous opening of the funereal "Pavement Cracks" is stunning, though I cringe slightly when the beat kicks in. It is too familiar and too Annie Lennox.
Annie has never sounded so good though. The fragility of "1000 Beautiful Things", soaring vocals on "Wonderful" and the mournful lament of "The Saddest Song" highlight why Annie Lennox still holds here place in the world of music today. Her voice is perfect on every song.
The tone may be one of love lost and love thrown away, but it's not all maudlin ballads - there are a few 'rock' numbers than the mostly pessimistic track listing suggests - "Erased" in particular.
Three stars seemed a little harsh, a four seems a little generous, but the world is a better place with Annie Lennox in it, so four stars it is.
Enjoy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bravo, Ms. Lennox! 22 Jan 2004
By Burjiz
Format:Audio CD
The voice of Annie Lennox is a remarkable instrument of quiet elegance and genuine emotion. Whether in the Eurythmics or solo, Annie's voice is a crisp breeze of blue-eyed soul that never sounds forced or contrived. On her first CD of original material in, oh, a mere 11 years, Annie Lennox remains virtually unchanged, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. On "Bare," the Scottish diva takes us through a trip of Mowtown-inspired soul, warm ballads, and a few pop numbers that flirt a bit with electronica. It's a platter that offers more of the same, but it's still a pleasant and engaging trip. She makes good and strong impressions on cuts like the opener "A Thousand Different Things," the funkified "Bitter Pill," and the pained "Honestly." "Bare" is mature and mellow music that's a welcome diversion from the cookie-cutter pop that's out there. It's not as rhythm-heavy as her earlier work in the Eurythmics, but it's multitextured and multilayered enough to keep the listener interested throughout. It's reaffirming to know that some great things in pop music never change. Sweet dreams are certainly made of this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars poigniant
I bought this album when it was first released. and fell in love with it then, Annie Lennox has the most sublime voice whether it be soulful as with this album or something more... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Catherine Garland
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Annie Lennox album.
This is in my opinion a fabulous album. Great songs, great voice and really should be in your collection. Buy it!
Published 9 months ago by Dean Penny
4.0 out of 5 stars Shpuld have purchased before
Forgot to purchase to add to my collection of Annie Lennox/Eurthymics music. SO got on the internet and got it, and should have done so before now, good music by an excellent... Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2010 by Casey
5.0 out of 5 stars Achingly beautiful
This album is so hauntingly beautiful it hurts. Lennox has long been known for her forthright and almost agressive public persona, but here she seems more relaxed than ever before,... Read more
Published on 28 April 2009 by Captain Pugwash
5.0 out of 5 stars At first I was afraid, I was petrified ...
Annie's scary, powdered face looking out at me, the angst of the songs clearly evident in the titles alone ... Read more
Published on 31 July 2007 by S. J. Bradley
3.0 out of 5 stars Vert nice, but in small doses
I have always found the voice of Annie Lennox, ex of Eurythmics, fantastically powerful yet very warm and clear. Read more
Published on 11 Dec 2006 by Bernard Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING! - Copy Control
"This CD includes anti-copying technology that is intended to prevent unlawful copying of the CD with a PC. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2004 by Simon Stock
5.0 out of 5 stars grin and Bare it!
being the eurythmics' and annie's biggest fan i guess my review will seem a little biased but i honestly don't care! Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2003 by stewart lennox
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than Medusa!!!
Its great to see Annie Lennox back of course, we don't see or hear enough of her nowadays, but this isn't the best album she's done. Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I bought this album today and am ashamed that I left it so long as I have Annie's other solo cd's.
This has to be one of the best albums that I have ever heard, so much... Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2003 by panpant
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