Bare - Annie Lennox

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 80
    It recollects emotion with a raging tranquillity, artistic objectivity overruling self-pity. [Jul 2003, p.110]
  2. 80
    She's still a class act. [Jul 2003, p.118]
  3. The truth of its fineness and devastating beauty is in the hearing.
  4. Most of it strikes deeply and poignantly.
  5. Unfortunately, the album is a bit of a downer from a lyrical standpoint, making something like Jackson Browne's Late For The Sky seem almost upbeat in comparison.
  6. Unfortunately, her melodies are frequently too similar. [13 Jun 2003, p.96]
  7. She has claimed a brand of stylish, postmodern soul singing -- pained but detached; theatrical yet spare -- as uniquely her own, and she presents it here with all the confidence her experience has earned.
  8. The standouts almost redeem the dull stretches.
  9. 40
    Bare might impress someone who thinks there should be more Cutting Crew records. Others should beware. [#17, p.136]
  10. Whatever her technical gifts as a vocalist, there remains something chilly and self-satisfied about the woman's brand of soul-baring that makes it awfully hard to swallow. [Jul 2003, p.108]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. RubenS
    Nov 23, 2005
    Why she didnt win a grammy for her work on this album is one of the many wonders of the grammy's voting skills. G
  2. PaulC
    Aug 16, 2005
    Annie at her best!
  3. ScottY
    Jul 9, 2005
    Reviews on this album are often mixed, but after quite a few listens I'd definitely have to give it a positive rating. There's a bit of filler on this album but I think it tops Diva and comes close to Medusa. The album hits its peak with the songs Lonliness followed by The Saddest Song I've Got. Full Review »