Annie Lennox has stepped into Nostalgia, her new album, which pays tribute to some of the finest composers and artists of the 20th century – including Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and Billie Holiday.
The songs maybe familiar, but they come along with Annie’s haunting interpretation.
“I went deeper because, for me, the origin of these songs is the blues. Blues comes from something beautiful and painful – and it’s the mixture of the two things. And that’s an area that I know very well,” said Annie.
“I thought, if I’m going to try this, I’m going to get right to the nub of the song. You commune with the song and if the melody is speaking back to you, it guides you into where you need to go with it.”
‘Lennox’s nuanced takes on songs such as ‘Strange Fruit’ and ‘Summertime’ remind us how songwriters took a stand on issues like poverty, bigotry and social inequalities in the years leading up to the U.S. Civil Rights movement,’ says the blurb.
The Nostalgia album, to be release on October 27, 2014, is accompanied by a special online companion, nostalgia.annielennox.com which features track-by-track song histories, photography and artwork, plus videos and expanded song descriptions by Annie. New content will be added leading up to the release.
This is Annie’s seventh solo album and to date she has won more Brit Awards than any other female artist in history (8 in total), plus 4 Grammys, 4 Ivor Novellos, an Academy award, a Golden Globe and a Billboard Century Award.
She’s also an unerring force for good in this world and is a bit of an inspiration. Be a bit more inspired and check out her Nostalgia.
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