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Christmas Music Playlists with Annie Lennox Songs
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Although she is probably better known musically for her time with Dave Stewart and the Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox also has an impressive catalogue of solo records with several Grammy's and Brit Awards to her name. The 80 million sales alone underline the strength of her talent and ear for a winning composition. Lennox was born on Christmas Day which is reason enough to explain her obvious love for the season which is borne out in her interviews whenever the topic comes up. The main avenue for her yuletide desires only arrived in 2010 however when she recorded 'A Christmas Cornucopia' which saw the Scottish singer reinterpret a host of Christmas carols and traditional standards. The album also contained one new composition that focused on the nativity called 'Universal Child'. It was released as a single as was the elaborately tailored rendition of 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen'.
'A Christmas Cornucopia' sounds exactly like an Annie Lennox project insofar as it was meticulously planned and delivered. Many of the choir vocals were supplied by herself and it’s obvious that her childhood appearances in her local choir in Aberdeen rubbed off on her. Bolstering her vocals are the African Children's Choir who appear on several of 'A Christmas Cornucopia' more grandiose tracks. The album's lush, albeit eccentric on occasion, feel can also be attributed to the addition of a 30-piece orchestra but for all that it is obvious who the real star is here.
Opening with the heavenly ‘Angels From The Realms of Glory’ Lennox moved through the album mixing the familiar with the slightly obscure. Of the lesser known tracks ‘See Amid The Winter’s Snow’ and the traditional French carol ‘Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant’ are perhaps the most arresting. Of the standards it was the euphoric build of ‘The Holly And The Ivy’ and the remarkably delicate and affecting ‘Silent Night’ that lifted the album into the realms of greatness.
It may have taken Annie years to truly express her festive desires but early in her career while in the Eurythmics she contributed a version of 'Winter Wonderland' for the inaugural 'A Very Special Christmas' Christmas compilation in 1987. With Dave Stewart absent Lennox took it upon herself to record the song by herself and what transpired does recall the electronic dashes of her former band. Little did we know that it would be over 20 years later before Lennox would finally record her grand gesture to the best time of the year.Author: Kevin