by Annie Lennox


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Annie Lennox's 2014 covers collection, Nostalgia, finds the former Eurythmics vocalist soulfully interpreting various pop, jazz, and R&B standards. In many ways, Nostalgia works as a companion piece to her similarly inventive 2010 album, the holiday-themed Christmas Cornucopia. As with that album, Lennox eschews predictability by picking an unexpected set of songs and producing them with detailed care. While Nostalgia certainly fits nicely next to any number of other standards albums by veteran pop stars, it does nothing to diminish Lennox's distinctive style. On the contrary, working with producer Mike Stevens, Lennox has crafted an album that brings to mind the sophisticated, contemporary sound of her original studio releases while allowing her to revel in the grand popular song tradition. Moving between evocative piano accompaniment, orchestral numbers, moody synthesizer arrangements, and even some rollicking small-group swing, Lennox takes a theatrical -- yet always personal -- approach to each song, finding endlessly interesting juxtapositions and stylistic combinations to explore. She references Miles Davis' plaintive take on the Porgy and Bess classic "Summertime," tenderly evinces a combination of Billie Holiday and Sade on "Strange Fruit," and draws on both Aretha Franklin and Screamin' Jay Hawkins for "I Put a Spell on You." Elsewhere, tracks like "I Cover the Waterfront" and "Mood Indigo" bring to mind similar recordings from Carole King and Bryan Ferry. Ultimately, even without Nostalgia's impeccable production, in the end it's Lennox's burnished, resonant vocals that steal the focus here, and just like the songs she's picked, their beauty will likely stand the test of time.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2014
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0602537995325
catalogNumber: 002176702
Rank: 30307

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Annie Lennox   Primary Artist,Flute,Percussion,Piano,Vocals,fender rhodes
Ivan Hussey   Cello
Stephen Hussey   Violin,Viola
Mike Stevens   Guitar,Harmonica,Accordion,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vibes
Neal Wilkinson   Drums
Urban Soul Orchestra   Strings
Richard Brook   Percussion
Simon Finch   Trumpet
Chris Hill   Bass Guitar,Double Bass
Nichol Thomson   Trombone

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Pee Wee King   Composer
Annie Lennox   Producer,String Arrangements
Redd Stewart   Composer
Barney Bigard   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Jalacy Hawkins   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Stephen Hussey   Orchestration
Irving Kahal   Composer
Mike Stevens   Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Gavin Taylor   Art Direction
Harry Warren   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Stuart Gorrell   Composer
Cameron Craig   Engineer
Chilton Price   Composer
Lewis Allan   Composer
John W. Green   Composer
Dolores Heyward   Composer

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Nostalgia 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
DuncanK More than 1 year ago
sheer brilliance - the opening few bars of I got a spell on me are electric. I hope I get to see her today. 
MovieLovr777 More than 1 year ago
Nostalgia is a powerful and evocative collection of songs by Ms. Lennox, mostly well known, but she has given considerable thought to interpreting them in a way that brings a new vitality and musicality to them! This is a splendid CD, and she sings these songs with the ultimate respect and a divine delivery!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointing. Nothing on this disk that hasn't been done better by someone else with the possible exception of Mood Indigo. Listen first before you buy - I expected a lot more from Annie Lennox.