Wednesday, October 29, 2014
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: ANNIE LENNOX - NOSTALGIA
These are, of course, the same old classics that speak to everyone, from Summertime to Georgia On My Mind. But Lennox is an accomplished singer, and her voice was always the highlight of any Eurythmics project (aside from a cow in a video). So this does seem like a natural progression for her. If anyone could make the transition, and keep it classy, it would be her. She does have a good way of stretching out a note, such as the "you" in You Belong To Me (Jo Stafford's, rather than the Carly Simon tune). While the temptation on these discs is to cover the great female vocalists, Lennox mixes it up, with Billie Holiday represented (Strange Fruit), but Ray Charles (Georgia On My Mind) and Screamin' Jay Hawkins (I Put A Spell On You) also included. That's another good thing about Lennox, she doesn't like walls. Her lovely September In The Rain is a treat, an emotional vocal for a sensitive song. I'm pretty skeptical about these covers projects, but Lennox is one singer who can deliver sweet dreams with these standards.