Thursday, December 16, 2010

Album: Annie Lennox, A Christmas Cornucopia

"There's clearly been a considerable amount of imagination and devotion put into the making of A Christmas Cornucopia, whose origins lie in Annie Lennox's pre-teen endeavours as a chorister.

Technically unimpeachable, the layered harmonies of songs such as 'Angels From The Realms Of Glory' and 'The Holly And The Ivy' are rendered with razor-sharp precision, though there's a stridency to her delivery on some pieces – the refrain to 'Lullay, Lullay', and the eerie, choral harmonies bookending 'Il Est Ne Le Devin Enfant' – which borders on scary. But her 'In The Bleak Midwinter' is perfectly poised, and the imaginative use of tin whistle, string drone and darbuka drum brings an intriguing Middle-Eastern medieval character to 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen'."

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