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5.0 out of 5 stars
A triumphant return, 20 May 2003
What can I say? I am blown away by this album. It opens with the gorgeous "1000 Beautiful Things" (musically reminiscent of "I Saved The World Today"), where she sings of the glass being full and not half-empty.
The next track is "Pavement Cracks" which is was Radio 2's Record Of The Week and has a great little chorus which is guaranteed to stay in your head!
"The Hurting Time" is 7 minutes of a kind of jazzy/bluesy feel and the poignant lyrics always bring tears to my eyes.
"Honestly" is next, with beautiful multi-layered vocals as Lennox sings of her sadness and disbelief of her failed marriage.
Then "Wonderful", which is one of the strongest tracks on the album. The verses are typical Lennox-style self-chastisement (is that a word?), and when the song rocks into the chorus it reminds me of Eurythmics around the "Be Yourself Tonight" era.
"Bitter Pill" is very dancy, very commercial, would probably win Annie some younger fans if it was a single.
"Loneliness" shows us that Annie doesn't need Dave Stewart around to write great guitar tracks. This is my fave track from the album, with its message of staying strong through the hard times.
Then there is "The Saddest Song", another heart-rending account of the end of her marriage. This is a nice, gentle ballad that wouldn't sound out of place on "Peace".
"Erased" has a great piano intro and Annie sings of her determination to move on from her ex-husband.
"Twisted" is another beautiful track, but in a true Annie Lennox double-edged fashion, there is also a string undercurrent of pain and anger. Great lyrics - "Under a cloak of darkness, under the covers where we lay, there I spent my dreams with you, now it seems I hid them all away"
The album ends with "Oh God", which was recorded in one take and you can hear Annie's emotion just poured into it. A great end to the album.
Overal, this album is wonderful. Very mature and heartfelt. The songs flow together well - they really do have to be listened to in the context of the whole album.
If you are an Annie fan then buy this album, you won't be disappointed!