August 09 - 15, 2020
Year of Release: 1995
No More I Love You's
Take Me To The River
A White Shade Of Pale
Don't Let It Bring You Down
Train In Vain
I Can't Get Next To You
Thin Line Between Love And Hate
Waiting In Vain
Something So Right
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Annie Lennox returns this week, with MeduaMedusa is a great and popular track, "No More I Love You's" (stylized as No More "I Love You's"; with quotation marks). This song is
powerful, and one of her best tracks from her solo career.
"Take Me To The River" has been covered by many, most preferably The Talking Heads. Annie's version is just as good, and it definitely rocks.
Procol Harum's "A White Shade Of Pale" gets Annie's treatment. It's a very well-done version. It is soulful. Just Beautiful. Neil Young's "Don't
Let It Bring You Down" is different than the original; and Lennox makes it her own. The Clash's "Train In Vain" gets a funky jazz'd feel. Again,
Annie Lennox makes it her own. The Temptations' "I Can't Get Next To You" is another great version by Annie. It's upbeat, cool, and a bit different than
the original, but it works. (Let us not forget Savoy Brown's version; they did it in their own way, and boy, did it work wonders!)
"Downtown Lights" (likewise, "No More I Love You's") are songs that I was unaware of their original versions. "Downtown Lights" was
originally by The Blue Nile; "No More I Love You's" was originally recorded by The Lover Speaks). Not only was both these songs I was unaware of,
both of the artists who recorded them, I was unaware of them also. A good version for both of them by Annie. Of course, "No More I Love You's" is the
better of the two. Unaware of both the original, and the song itself, The Persuaders' "The Thin Line Between Love And Hate" is the next track.
A little more mellow than the others, Annie again shines.
Bob Marley's "Waiting In Vain" is a beautiful version by Annie. I am not aware of Marley's version, as it was originally from his album Exodus.
In hearing this song (as well as the others I am not familiar with), this makes me want to listen to the originals. Note that "Take Me To The River" was
first recorded by Al Green. But for most rock fans, The Talking Heads' version is the one most remembered. And ending the album is definitely a track and artist
I am very well familiar with -- Paul Simon's "Something So Right" from his There Goes Rhymin' Simon release. As great and beautiful as Simon's
original version, Annie's version is just as sweet.
Anie Lennox brings a soulful touch to each cover tune on Medusa A fine album of cover tunes. Her first album reviewed here on this site, was also
another album of covers: Nostalgia. The covers are from the pre-Rock era, such
as big band/easy listening. Both albums of covers shine brightly for her voice and soulfulness. Her most recent album was just released last year in 2019:
Lepidoptera. Lennox has recorded a total of 7 studio albums, which includes a Christmas one. New material and covers, no matter what the case, Annie Lennox's
solo works are just as exceptional as her albums with David Stewart, better known as Eurythmics. Eurythmics may just have been more popular, but still, her solo
albums are just as worth listening to.
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