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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.
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...
Published on 6 Jun 2003 by david kent dodson

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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. So it was not difficult to immediately buy this album when it first appeared. At the end of the day I'm not certain if I like this disc or not - let me explain. I love tracks such as "A Thousand Beautiful Things", but I find that the collection of tracks is...
Published on 11 Dec 2006 by Bernard Smith


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4.0 out of 5 stars Is she magic, or what?, 19 May 2013
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Mr. Pj Martin - See all my reviews
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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, enveloping creations.

For those of Annie's fellow-slaves wondering if they need another fix of Lennox, this album is of a comparable quality with Diva and Medusa.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dark, 17 July 2011
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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. The songs are deep, some are troubled, some are almost pleading. The album appears to be an honest exploration of her feelings at the time, hence the title, Bare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great and honest record...., 6 May 2011
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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. This is Annie Lennox's Plastic Ono Band or perhaps her Blood on the Tracks and its sits very comfortably alongside those two master works. Wonderful record .........
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars top top album, 10 Jun 2003
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Just one thing to say , i think THE HURTING TIME is probably one of the finest songs i have ever heard , listen and see for yourself.TOP ALBUM
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5.0 out of 5 stars At first I was afraid, I was petrified ..., 31 July 2007
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S. J. Bradley "SJB" (Cambridge) - See all my reviews
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Annie's scary, powdered face looking out at me, the angst of the songs clearly evident in the titles alone ... but wait, this is wonderful, moving, beautiful music which speaks to me deeply on every listen. Forget 'Medusa' which was fairly thin gruel, this is the real deal - profound, energised, intelligent, synth-based music. Buy it (especially with the DVD thrown in). It's a thousand beautiful things.
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23 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING! - Copy Control, 31 Jan 2004
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Simon Stock (Bedfordshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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"This CD includes anti-copying technology that is intended to prevent unlawful copying of the CD with a PC. This may affect playability of the CD on certain computer devices such as PCs and gaming platforms. "
- so says the warning. The truth is, this product did not play properly on my 3 year old TEAC Hi-Fi, due to the Copy Control system deployed. Try searching the web for "Copy Control" and you will find many other instances of CDs using these systems that do not work in standard domestic or in-car players. I've sent mine back - still waiting for a refund 3 weeks later....
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2.0 out of 5 stars now THIS is like walking on broken glass!, 19 July 2003
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J. christian (brooklyn, ny United States) - See all my reviews
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Annie Lennox has never been one for emotional singing - her vocals tend to be very dry and mechanical - seemingly too intentionally technical. But that served well enough when you got the hooks, and when with Eurythmics, hooks she never lacked. Her 2 solo projects prior to Bare attested to her longevity, if not tenacity. Diva wanted to be a masterpiece, but failed to be so on her vocal prowess alone, and pined for Dave Stewart to bring the riff. Her covers album, Medusa never fortified her an interpreter to be reckoned with. So, 8 years later, newly divorced and obviously in pain, she releases a dull litany of raw emotion. Melodies meander, lyrics muddled. The point is well taken, but maybe therapy would have been better suited than the ponderous banalities diffused here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 Sep 2014
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my favorite album
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3.0 out of 5 stars nice album shame about copy protection, 5 Sep 2003
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Mr. Trevor Darragh "jerseytrev" (St.Helier, Jersey C.I. United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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my wife bought the album and as usual i copy it to another disc to play in her car so that if it is stolen ,or damaged by the heat etc she still has a clean master copy . well as this one is protected (which i did not know at the time ) kept making duff copies ,but i did it in the end .(i always like a chalenge ) i am against piracy but i understand for your own use its ok to copy .i feel sales of cd's will plumit further if this line persists ,which in turn will affect the very artist it is trying to protect
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Worth Buy for Diehards, 12 Aug 2003
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welek (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) - See all my reviews
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I must say I'm a little bit disappointed at Lennox's latest solo effort. Don't get me wrong but this album has begun to show her downhill side to keep up those ever impressive melodies and tunes and mood from her early solo years - DIVA .
A THOUSAND BEAUTIFUL THINGS is a great opener and probably owes it to the new producer for Lennox, Andy Wright (who co-produce most songs for Simply Red in recent years). You'll love HURTING TIMES instantly at one or two play, it's typical Lennox ballad at best. But it is WONDERFUL that stay in your head ultimately, Lennox sang it so casually yet with a powerful voice that reach and touch you effortlessly. It is my favorite of all tracks here.
The rest of the tracks are, frankly, not impressive. Unlike DIVA, BARE does not collect each uniquely crafted song and title that still makes you croon and hum familiarly along over years.
However, this album is still worth a buy if you're a diehard for Lennox's beautifully written love songs.
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