Sunday, November 14, 2010

ornamental Lennox

Annie Lennox is no stranger to the musical charms of Christmas tidings. You might remember, way back in the hazy 80s, that she covered "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" with legendary soul man, Al Green, for the Bill Murray movie, "Scrooged". It was her first foray outside Eurythmics.

"Put A Little Love In Your Heart", originally a hit for Jackie DeShannon in 1969, was not Annie's the first encounter with Christmas. Eurythmics recorded "Winter Wonderland" for the album, "A Very Special Christmas", in 1987.

Now, in 2010, Annie Lennox has a new home for her music after 27 years on RCA, the label to which she signed as part of Eurythmics. The first fruits of her labor is "A Christmas Cornucopia", a lovely collection of carols including one newly penned song, "Universal Child", which was released as a download-only single in October. Annie had previously showcased the song on "American Idol Gives Back" which aired on television back in April.

Surprisingly, she has lensed a rather elaborate looking and beautiful shot video for one of the album's tracks, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen".

I love the sonic quality of this . Overall, the production is organic yet still manages to pull in contemporary elements. It's sounds quite medieval and has a traditional flavor to it. In fact, the entire album is heartwarming, festive and joyful.

It's a nice change of pace for a collection of Christmas songs these days. Annie has managed to take a rather pedestrian exercise, in label terms, and sprinkled a little magic fairy dust on a holiday elpee. Let's hope this rejuvenates Ms. Lennox and puts her in the mood to give us an amazing album in the very near future.

The tracklisting for "A Christmas Cornucopia" consists of the following twelve songs.

1. Angels From The Realms Of Glory
2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
3. See Amid The Winter's Snow
4. Il Est Le Divin Enfant
5. The First Noël
6. Lullay Lullay (Coventry Carol)
7. The Holly And The Ivy
8. In The Bleak Midwinter
9. As Joseph Was A Walking
10. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
11. Silent Night
12. Universal Child

Merry Christmas, kittens!

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