When I first heard that Annie Lennox was going to put out an album of standards I wasn’t optimistic. I have always heard Lennox’s voice in very high charged music and I wasn’t sure how it was going to work. I then watched her video for “I Put A Spell On You” and I was instantly under her spell.
And It’s a strong one.
Now there are a lot of older artists taking their hand at classic standards, but this one is completely different (sorry Rod Stewart). Nostalgia is on a completely different level. I was watching an interview of Lennox talk about the album and she was saying how she dug deep within herself to find the pain and the heartache within these songs. She swam to the deep end. There has not been a better interpretation of these songs since the originals.
I have so many favorites on this album that it’s hard to write about a few. I truly love every song on this album. These songs come from deep within Lennox. It’s as if her voice is alive on the vinyl, it’s as if it creates a light smoke upon the vinyl. It wraps you in a perfume scented of pure emotional sentiment. This albums scent enables you to let go and find comfort in Lennox’s vocals.
My favorite favorites on this album have to be “I Put A Spell On You,” “Strange Fruit,” “God Bless The Child,” and “I Can Dream, Can’t I?” “I Put a Spell On You” immediately sucks you into the album. You feel the deep, yet cutting love this song expresses clearly. She then covers Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” and “God Bless The Child” with an emotion that can only rival that of Holiday herself.
“God Bless the Child” and “I Can Dream, Can’t I?” have taken a profound spot in my life currently, especially due to this album. I’m struggling with “having my own” and learning who I am (both physically and mentally) that “God Bless The Child” describes. It’s not about finances like it seems on the surface, it is about independence and Lennox’s version stands alone.
Then there is “I Can Dream, Can’t I?” This past year I have met a girl that I can only dream of. Everything about her is perfect, from her hair to her eyes to her mind to her knowledge to her dress. We are best friends, but there will always be something in the back of my mind. She is one worth waiting for, but you just never know if these waits will be in vain. In the meantime, though I can dream.
Lennox has created a devoted follower of me through this album. I was already a casual fan, but now I must hear her other albums and styles. I have found so much release in her voice. She sings a journey. This album is genius and she truly proved what sweet dreams are made of.