Annie Lennox: Lennox/Martin
Ken Tucker
June 13, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Bare

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Annie Lennox
Producers
J Records

We gave it a B-

The chalky beauty of Annie Lennox’s voice, and the haunted-echo instrumentation with which producer Stephen Lipson surrounds it, is amply effective in communicating the isolation, loneliness, and dread that dominate Bare, the singer’s first solo album of original material since 1992’s ”Diva.” Unfortunately, her melodies are frequently too similar — dirges that are meant to emphasize her vocals and phrasing but that also expose the banality of too many of the lyrics. The exception: the chilling ”The Saddest Song,” which sounds as though it’s being sung at the end of a pier on a rainy night in her native Scotland.

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