Songs Of Mass Destruction

  • Record Label: Arista
  • Release Date: Oct 2, 2007
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. 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."
  2. Songs of Mass Destruction is likely to resonate with those who recognize the unique quality of Lennox’s work and there is enough of high artistic value here to allow the album to serve as another guarantee of Lennox’s fine legacy, even if the spectacular musical moments are scattered around a bit more than on previous efforts.
  3. Mojo
    60
    She sings of global suffering, emotional loss and female power in a way that's occasionally overwrought--but always packs a punch. [Oct 2007, p.92]
  4. The meeting of Lennox's queenly vocals and Ballard's power-MOR production is what America's "modern rock" radio stations have been waiting for, but the upshot is that Lennox comes out sounding dour and reproving.
  5. Uncut
    40
    While the veteran singer's heart is in the right place, she sabotages her messages via the spouting of generalisations and the use of abstract language, with typically grating, inelegant results. [Nov 2007, p.110]
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. KatieF.
    Oct 16, 2007
    10
    One of Annie's best. Moving, uplifting . . . a joy for your ears.
  2. Feb 1, 2017
    9
    Bought this when released. listened approximately a hundred times. Listened to every song, and each time I find/feel a new layer of this pearlBought this when released. listened approximately a hundred times. Listened to every song, and each time I find/feel a new layer of this pearl onion. I pray and hope she lives a very very long healthy life, writing and recording as long as she wants to. Genius. Full Review »
  3. RandolphO.
    Oct 27, 2007
    10
    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 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. Full Review »