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Richard C Dickison <> (23.03.2002)

Annie is a Goddess and Diva, Pure in voice and presentation and never one to be ignored in even the most over played electronic pap on the planet.

Which is why David Edmunds [Edmunds? Stewart, you mean? - G. S.] stayed with her so long. He of the casio, the bland, keyboard slave, parasite from hell. I rate their 1984 album/soundtrack as the most interesting in Annie's career. It is a case of vocal instead of musical exploration which I have no expectations of great hope for David in that area. Annie could sing for anyone and be just as strong and huge success wise. She needs to be considered separate from the music. I will just worship Annie Lennox for the grand and beautiful vocalist she is.


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James <> (25.07.2005)

I enjoyed this album ever since I put it on my car's tape deck after buying it for $2 at a thrift store. But I can't get over the terrible lyrics. Especially on the Stewart songs. The Lennox songs have some bad cliches, but the Stewart songs manage to combine woolly pretentiousness with lame rhyme schemes, dubious and/or simplistic messages ("Missionary Man" may be creepy, but it doesn't make a substantive criticism of Christianity itself, just demonstrates the typical corrupt-priest stereotype), and arguably worse cliches than Lennox. I think the alltime worst on the album is "Miracle of Love" as far as lyrics go. I mean, "If you open your heart you can make a new start when your crumbling world falls apart"? Cheeseball. I envy the fact that Lennox could deliver that without cracking up. I enjoy the songs mainly because they're so blatantly catchy and fun to sing along to, but they don't really have much of the "resonance" factor. The only standout for me is the last song, "I Remember You". The lyrics of the first verse involve rather evocative imagery, and there are only one or two clunky spots ("hiding in the wreckage of broken dreams"). The soft snare line and the strings work well with the vocals and make it darn poignant. Well, now you have some comments for the comment section for this one.

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