Bare 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,… Bare 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,… 2003-06-10 Annie Lennox
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Bare (2003)

Annie Lennox | ANNIE, ARE YOU OKAY? ''Bare'' is full of melancholy lyrics and dirgelike music
Image credit: Annie Lennox: Lennox/Martin
ANNIE, ARE YOU OKAY? ''Bare'' is full of melancholy lyrics and dirgelike music
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Jun 10, 2003; Lead Performance: Annie Lennox

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.

Originally posted Jun 09, 2003 Published in issue #714 Jun 13, 2003 Order article reprints
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