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  • Summary: Glen Ballard produces the ex-Eurythmics singer's fourth album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. She applies her ever-mesmerizing mix of vocal heat and instrumental chill to images of longing, falling, searching, raging, and despair on her deeply emotional and soul-stirring fourth solo album, Songs of Mass Destruction.
  2. There's no getting around the overall thematic pall, but Lennox surrounds every message with such beauty that one remains convinced that it's all going to be OK.
  3. It's as gorgeous a collection as "Bare," and pop music should be so lucky as to have more of this kind of thing out in the world.
  4. 70
    The music is dominated by the same pounding pop-disco beats and thick textures that have defined all her record. But now Lennox sounds like she's been rubbed raw by life. [Oct 2007, p.111]
  5. Lennox’s glossy white-soul template does sound a bit dated but she's still impressive when she gets it right.
  6. Mass Destruction is Lennox's first album largely recorded in the U.S. (Los Angeles and Miami, as opposed to just London), giving the songs a slightly less chilly quality and a bigger, more expansive sound, but it's still a disappointment in the same way the Eurythmics' rock-leaning "Be Yourself Tonight" likely was to fans of "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" and "Touch."
  7. The only song worth a second listen is 'Smithereens.'

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. EricF.
    Oct 5, 2007
    Never anything less than exceptional - and always a new sound to her voice.
  2. MarkS.
    Oct 5, 2007
    Fantastic album. Enjoyable from beginning to end.
  3. KatieF.
    Oct 16, 2007
    One of Annie's best. Moving, uplifting . . . a joy for your ears.
  4. iieee
    Oct 5, 2007
    This album is as strong as previous efforts if not stronger. Annie Lennox has such a strong vocal range, it's exciting to listen to all of the notes she can hit! Stand out tracks Dark Road (single) Love Is Blind, Through The Glass Darkly, Coloured Bedspread. The only song I really don't like is Sing, it sounds horribly dated!? Other then that song it's 4 stars! Expand
  5. rogerm.
    Oct 26, 2007
    When the incredible Annie Lennox released her solo debut CD "Diva" she set the gold standard not only for herself, but for the entire music community. Her follow up CD of covers, "Medusa" was finely crafted and gave the listener many hours of pleasure. On her third CD, "Bare" she returned to original compositions and it was a joy to immerse yourself in it. But now, Annie, with "Songs of Mass Destruction" has raised the bar, and created a platinum standard that will stand unchallenged. It's a truly iconic CD, one of those "must haves" for your library, like Carole King's "Tapestry", Bonnie Raitt's "Nick of Time", David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust" or any number of Beatles albums. She has surpassed herself, with the witty and, as always, intelligent lyrics and expertly honed melodies. "Dark Road" soars as a ballard as did "Why" off of "Diva" and "Ghosts In My Machine" is the raucus, rocking heir to "Walking On Broken Glass". "Womankind" is catchy with a hook that grabs you and refuses to let go. "Through the glass darkly" is a harrowing yet lifting ballad, and "Fingernail Moon" is a gentle, successful foray into whispery vocals and engaging lyrics. "Lost" has echoes of the moving and beautiful Beatles song "She's Leaving home", and "Love is Blind" just plain old kicks ass. "Coloured Bedspread" hearkens back to the electronic '80's, but sounds suprisingly fresh and new. There isn't a misstep or insignificant song in this collection. It's a treasure. With this CD, Annie has not only reconfirmed her composing skills, but she hasn't lost her chops vocally; if anything she's matured as a singer with nuanced phrasing. This CD is a real gift to music lovers of all persuasions, and I hope it doesn't get overlooked just because she's not 20, anorexic, and wearing a Victoria's Secret costume. This CD is for the discerning and mature listener, whatever their age. Bless you Annie, for this heavenly offering. Expand
  6. RandolphO.
    Oct 27, 2007
    When God wrote down the word soul and the word singer, Annie Lennox name was right next to it. There is no other singer with this much emotional power in their singing and songwriting. Expand
  7. BrandonS.
    Oct 5, 2007
    Another solid album from a master. (The best album title of the past ten years, for sure.) I love that she makes beautiful music, regardless of the trends - this could have been released in the mid-90s and fit right in. Lennox is still into her pain, and I do wish she'd have a little more Eurythmics-style fun, but this is a good outing nevertheless. She still has that voice and sounds terrific. Expand

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