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Bare [Limited Edition, CD+DVD, Content/Copy-Protected CD]

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 (9 Jun 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition, CD+DVD, Content/Copy-Protected CD
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00009AQLN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,679 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. 1000 Beautiful Things
2. Pavement Cracks
3. The Hurting Time
4. Honestly
5. Wonderful
6. Bitter Pill
7. Loneliness
8. The Saddest Song
9. Erased
10. Twisted
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. 1000 Beautiful Things (Live from The Depot Sessions)
2. Wonderful (Live From The Depot Sessions)
3. Interview

Product Description


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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Return To Form 15 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
Ms. Annie Lennox has finally done it. She's come up with the goods that I know a great deal of her fans have been waiting for.
Throughout her career, Annie has played with image, gender and her audience's emotions - creating vast muscial landscapes (along with Dave, for the most part) with which people can lose themself in and really feel as if they belong. Now, as she says herself, all that has gone before has been cast aside in favour of the true, musical Annie Lennox. The songs are still about despair, hope and all that love stuff but this time they seem to mean so much more. I've always judged Annie (and Dave) by the first three tracks on an album. Do I connect with what she's saying? Does it uplift me instead of allowing me to wallow in my own self pity? The only problem I've found with her previous material is that the music somehow doesn't match the mood. I know that in some cases that's the point she's trying to make musically, but still. Give me the hook and I'm hooked. From the moment her 'backing singers' proclaim "A thousand beautiful things" I'm hooked on the lyrics AND the music. There are also echoes of previous songs and for a fan that's great. There's a link to the past and the feeling that you have some personal conversation going with Annie, but she takes it one step further and really makes me feel like her charge. She's the all-knowing matron and I'm there to take her advice and get on with my life.
Bare really is a personal journey come to fruition. This is the real Annie Lennox and by God I hope I don't have to wait so long next time to hear what she's got to say. The woman should be knighted for her services to humankind! Amen
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Track By Track Review 3 May 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
'1000 beautiful things' is an elegant starter with an acousitc loop.
'Pavement cracks' - the most powerful and catchy song on the album with a rocking melodie - waking up the listener.
'The hurtin time' is with nearly 7 1/2 minutes the longest song on the album - a calm, neverending, meditative flow, layers of sound and voices appear from a distance and diappear slowly into eternity.
'Honestly' is a tricky, groovy little song with 2 levels: the singer's voice and the voice in the singer's head that's singing and talking all the time and makes it hard to understand what you're singing - brilliant.
'Wonderful' is soft and sad with a suddenly whipping chorus that reminds of 'Precious' from the album 'Diva', but it is also the weakest song on the album.
'Bitter pill' is a jumping 70s party rock song, stamping like 'Sisters are doin' it for themselves', simple, direct, cool.
'Loneliness' is a song like a bright hurricane; first the deep soul of Annie Lennox's voice breaks the silence before the storm and makes you shiver, the sound rises until the shining eye of the storm and disappears again.
'The saddest song' is not the saddest song, but the most beautiful song of 'Bare' - you can hear Annie Lennox smile while she sings "This is the saddest song I've got" -, a warm lullaby like a red sunrise, a feeling like woken up by sunbeams, so beautiful you could cry.
In 'Erased' Annie Lennox gets back to rythm - with a funky piano and a slim drum machine the song gives the feel of fast walk along the road of your life, waving goodbye to memories along the road.
Bells ring in 'Twisted' and the walk becomes a swinging march, not one of the best songs, but with exciting sound breaks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album! 19 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
As a fan of Annie I have to admit being disappointed by Medusa, so it was with some trepidation that I bought Bare. Nevertheless, I was totally hooked from the first time I played it. This is full of tracks which are classic Lennox - deftly blending haunting lyrics with beautiful vocals and all full of emotion. Major highlights for me include 'Honestly', 'Wonderful' and 'Bitter Pill'.

Some people have reported problems with copy protection on the disc preventing them from playing on their PC, but it played just fine in my desktop under XP.

In summary, don't be put off by the cover (as I nearly was) - this is a great album and shows Annie Lennox shining at her true best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BARE classic Annie Lennox. 6 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album is simply the best album Annie Lennox has done in a long time. The tracks are typicaly haunting and relaxing sounds and a pleasure to listen to. Her voice is still as pleasent to listen to now as it was in the days of the eurythmics. She has a range to her voice that simply can not be matched by todays singers. Her style of music hits both young and older audiences around the world. This album is a sure fire hit with Annie Lennox fans.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FAB 7 Jun 2003
By Graeme
Format:Audio CD
'Bare' as the tiltle suggest is a very personal account of Annie's life as it stands. Centered around the recent break up of her marriage the songs are from the heart. There are some beautiful tracks like the haunting and richly sung 'Honesty', the sublime 'Pavement Cracks' and the innovative 'Twisted'. Again a couple of upbeat tracks make 'Bitter Pill' and 'Loneliness' slightly change the impression the album gives. 'Erased' is a very clever tune which builds into one of the stand out tracks. Suprisingly the album moves away from Annies love of strings and features a more acoustic and modern sound. Her backing vocals on all tracks are both different and especially amazing on 'Honestly' and 'Wonderful' Without doubt these 11 tracks will instigate soul searching into even the hard minded synic, which itself is an acievement and moreover, curiousley sureal. Admititely, the album takes two or three listens before the true worth becomes apparant, but, boy is it worth it! 12 years since her last 'real' album and well worth the wait. All tracks are written with pure feelings and with that of a natural genius, Annie Lennox is sounding better that she ever has. This may be due to the true worth the lyrics are to her, or maybe that she has just got better over the years.
In sum this album is a MUST from the youngest to the oldest appreciator of genius in music and lyrical terms, and that said without mentioning the best female voice to come out of the UK...............................EVER!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Just a brilliant artist ! Always a pleasure to listen and watch her on video. Great inspirational cd for everyone.
Published 5 months ago by law
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Disc.
This CD was one of three I got for my Wife's Birthday, as she loved Annie Lennox's music this one of her popular sonngs on it.
Published 8 months ago by Colin Stone
4.0 out of 5 stars Is she magic, or what?
She is, of course, and if you like this lady's voice, she is in fine form here. I'm quite a hi-fi fan and several of the tracks, such as A Thousand Beautiful Things are wonderful,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. Pj Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark
Annie Lennox is one of our great female artists with many accolades over her long career. This album sees Annie in a very dark place. Read more
Published on 17 July 2011 by Grahame
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great and honest record....
This a sad, honest, brutal account of the breakdown of a marriage. It is also a collection of beautiful melodies, acute instrumentation and majestic singing from a major talent. Read more
Published on 6 May 2011 by Reader from London
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 Disapointed - I have to wait to listen to it
The package arrived at work this morning, and I really looked forward to listening to this CD. I know 1000 Beautiful Things well, and it is on the strength of this I bought the... Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2005 by R. Corfield
1.0 out of 5 stars I want it but will not buy it...
Yet another album that I _want_ to buy but will not because of its ludicrous copy-protection. Why can't the record companies comprehend that their "drop in sales" may be down to... Read more
Published on 13 July 2003 by M. J. Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Diva and that says something
'Bare' as the tiltle suggest is a very personal account of Annie's life as it stands. Centered around the recent break up of her marriage the songs are from the heart. Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2003 by Graeme
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