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5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL AND EMOTIONAL, 15 Nov 2010
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This review is from: A Christmas Cornucopia (Audio CD)
I love all kinds of Christmas music and from the beginning of December, I listen to Christmas albums all the time. Apart from the classic ones, I try to get at least one slightly different each year. Naturally as soon as I heard that Annie Lennox was doing a Christmas album I immediately ordered it. This emotional Christmas album with the unique voice of Annie Lenox, and a significant African influence, did not disappoint me at all.

Focusing on children and the hope a new birth brings, with the heart breaking beautiful traditional "Coventry Carol" and "O Little Town of Bethlehem", this album is the very meaning of Christmas. Apart from the well known Christmas songs, the album includes Lenox's new song "Universal Child" inspired by her work in Africa and the suffering of children that she witnessed.

Lenox performs in her own way, classic Christmas songs like "God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen", "The First Noel", "The Holly and the Ivy", and "Silent Night". However what I loved most about this album is that it includes less known Christmas songs, and it was such a lovely surprise to get them in this collection. Songs like the traditional French "Il Est Né Le Divin Enfant", and the very old and beautiful "See, Amid The Winter's Snow" are songs we don't come across often and it was great to have in this album.

In addition to all those rare songs, the album includes one of the most beautiful songs; the somewhat sad and loving, "In the Bleak Midwinter", written as a poem by Christina Rosseti. Somehow, I had never heard this song before and learning about it, was my first Christmas present this year.

Have a Very Happy Christmas!!!
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Initial post: 21 Nov 2010 21:05:53 GMT
Me says:
It really is a fine recording, I've started playing it and we're only in November. Happy Christmas to you too.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2010 03:17:31 GMT
Mr.Style Joe says:
.."it does engender a minor complaint: why on earth would a vocalist of Lennox's caliber use Auto-Tune even momentarily." Thom Jurek
"Auto-Tune is a proprietary audio processor created by Antares Audio Technologies. Auto-Tune uses a phase vocoder to correct pitch in vocal and instrumental performances. It is used to disguise off-key inaccuracies and mistakes, and has allowed singers to perform perfectly tuned vocal tracks without the need of singing in tune. While its main purpose is to slightly bend sung pitches to the nearest true semitone (to the exact pitch of the nearest tone in traditional equal temperament), Auto-Tune can be used as an effect to distort the human voice when pitch is raised/lowered significantly". Wikipedia

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2010 12:15:42 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Dec 2010 12:19:17 GMT
ELENI,
I enjoyed reading your helpful review on this ANNIE LENNOX christmas cd.
Have a great Rock & Roll christmas. I also enjoy playing various christmas
songs/and watching various christmas films throughout December
Regards,Bill.

Posted on 8 Dec 2010 14:43:07 GMT
you could also try the version recorded by bert jansch
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