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Diva Import

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  • Audio CD (May 12 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000002VMH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
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1. Why
2. Walking On Broken Glass
3. Precious
4. Legend In My Living Room
5. Cold
6. Money Can't Buy It
7. Little Bird
8. Primitive
9. Stay By Me
10. The Gift
11. Keep Young And Beautiful

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Lennox,Annie ~ Diva

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The term "diva" is an honorific to be bestowed, not a title to be claimed. That alone gets Annie Lennox's 1992 solo debut off on the wrong foot. Nor does it help that, instead of following the often-daring path of her former outfit, the Eurythmics, Lennox chose instead to wrap her big, emotional voice in aloof, sophisticated settings rendered primarily on synthesized keyboards. "Why" is a gorgeous ballad about a crumbling relationship, but nothing about the pristine "Walking on Broken Glass" comes close to the danger its title implies. "Precious" offers little beyond lite funk, while "Cold" is studiously icy and distant. Only "Why" and the closing number, "The Gift," achieve the sort of richly detailed intimacy she was obviously reaching for here. So hold off on that diva stuff, Annie. We'll let you know when it's time. --Daniel Durchholz


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Format: Audio CD
Diva by Annie Lennox contains many of her classic hits such as Walking On Broken Glass, Why, and Little Bird. Listening to Diva by Annie Lennox is great for those who are open to listening to a mix of pop and classical music. I admit that I first heard of Annie Lennox’s music as a 1990’s teenager both through the radio and from VH1 featuring her colorful and storyteller themed video Walking On Broken Glass.
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There was no question that Annie Lennox was going to make it solo. Face it, she was the prominent and more visible part of Eurythmics, while her cohort Dave Stewart did...uh...let's see... Seriously though, Lennox's first solo effort Diva has her more the queen of bad love and doom, and that deep timbre of a melodic voice of hers rings truly here. The music here lacks the hooks of Eurythmics songs such as "Thorn In My Side" or "Sweet Dreams." No, this is a more serious affair. The bitterness of songs like "Don't Ask Me Why" are there, though.
Synths and high octave piano form a lush but poignant backing on "Why", on words and thoughts on a life that have never come out into the open, and the life that will be lead instead. The list of things she describes after the last verse comprises that, "the book I never read", "the words I never said", "the path I'll never tread", etc. Her whispering "I don't think you know how I feel" addresses this lack of communication.
A kind of brisk tempo highlights the strings-laden "Walking On Broken Glass." The title is in reference to her life, which has been shattered, and hence she feels like she's... well... A very Buddhist outlook on life is shown when she sings "now everyone one of us was made to suffer/everyone of us was made to weep."
A slow but steady drum machine sets the tempo for "Precious", punctuated by bass and airy synths, rejoicing on the arrival of a special one who's a breath of fresh air after being "covered up with sadness" and being cynical and twisted all the years. The repeated refrain "Well I was lost until you came" enhances that message as well.
The bitter disappointment of dreams sunken by reality leading to a hard life on a dead end street is what "Legend In My Living Room" portrays.
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It is obvious that paid critics are still critics and DO NOT reflect what fans and people with taste want!!! Daniel Durchholz's ridiculous accusations and paid reviews fall flat!!! Enough said and you have no merit. DIVA is Annie Lennox's masterpiece and that shows clearly throughout this album. This album introduced and silenced those nay sayers who believed that the former Eurythmics front woman could not cut it. Annie has the intelligence, wisdom and vocal chops that continue to elude about 90% of today's pop startlets!!! Here Annie ranks with the likes of Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin,Joni Mitchell, and perhaps Mariah. One can't help but get lost whether on the raw emmotions of songs like Why? or Walking on Broken Glass. If you are serious about listening to some great music then purchase this album now. I have already worn out my copies and its time for a new one or maybe a back up copy too. Unlike, any starlet here you get an amazing voice, intelligent lyrics written by her, and music that is just timeless.
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I doubt that anyone, by the time Eurythmics were ready to dissolve, ever doubted that Annie Lennox was one of the great vocalists to emerge from the 80's. Just what they may not have realized was just how soulful she was. Her first solo album, "Diva," arrived with the kind of jaw dropping fanfare that even those who were waiting on the fence had to admit it; Annie had the chops that lived up to the CD's title. From the first emotional wail of the single "Why" to the humorous send up of bar-flapper pop, "Stay Young and Beautiful," this was Annie stepping away from the stylistic remnants of the Eurythmics' box and into a whole new world of music, even for her.
Not to disparage her work with Dave Stewart, much of which still sounds great today, but their work as a duo was often confined to what his vision of a Eurythmics record was supposed to sound like. The open, airy sounds of "Why" or "The Gift" (co-written with the Blue Nile) probably would not have fit stylistically on a Eurythmics disc, and gave Annie a chance to express herself in a manner different from, say, "Sweet Dreams." While at the same time, she was obviously mindful of how many of her fans would be expecting something in that vein. The pulsing pop of "Walking On Broken Glass" fills that space. (It also gave "Diva" a substantial hit.)
Annie also didn't shy away from some experimentation. There's the middle eastern flair of "Primitive" and the icy wave of "Cold" to show that, while some Divas feel a need to belt their way out of a situation, Annie understood that wrapping yourself in cool mystery has a more lasting effect. It's what makes this "Diva" the kind that has held on to its original grace and gives it staying power.
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I doubt that anyone, by the time Eurythmics were ready to dissolve, ever doubted that Annie Lennox was one of the great vocalists to emerge from the 80's. Just what they may not have realized was just how soulful she was. Her first solo album, "Diva," arrived with the kind of jaw dropping fanfare that even those who were waiting on the fence had to admit it; Annie had the chops that lived up to the CD's title. From the first emotional wail of the single "Why" to the humorous send up of bar-flapper pop, "Stay Young and Beautiful," this was Annie stepping away from the stylistic remnants of the Eurythmics' box and into a whole new world of music, even for her.
Not to disparage her work with Dave Stewart, much of which still sounds great today, but their work as a duo was often confined to what his vision of a Eurythmics record was supposed to sound like. The open, airy sounds of "Why" or "The Gift" (co-written with the Blue Nile) probably would not have fit stylistically on a Eurythmics disc, and gave Annie a chance to express herself in a manner different from, say, "Sweet Dreams." While at the same time, she was obviously mindful of how many of her fans would be expecting something in that vein. The pulsing pop of "Walking On Broken Glass" fills that space. (It also gave "Diva" a substantial hit.)
Annie also didn't shy away from some experimentation. There's the middle eastern flair of "Primitive" and the icy wave of "Cold" to show that, while some Diva's feel a need to belt their way out of a situation, Annie understood that wrapping yourself in cool mystery has a more lasting effect. It's what makes this "Diva" the kind that has held on to its original grace and gives it staying power.
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