Songs of Mass Destruction

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Songs of Mass Destruction
Studio album by Annie Lennox
Released 1 October 2007
Recorded September 2006 - February 2007;
the High Window,[1] Hollywood;
Westlake,[2] West Hollywood
Genre Pop rock, funk rock, blues rock, soul
Length 46:51
Label RCA, Sony BMG
Producer Glen Ballard
Annie Lennox chronology
Bare
(2003)
Songs of Mass Destruction
(2007)
The Annie Lennox Collection
(2009)
Singles from Songs of Mass Destruction
  1. "Dark Road"
    Released: 24 September 2007
  2. "Sing"
    Released: 1 December 2007
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 68[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]
The Austin Chronicle 3.5/5 stars[5]
BBC Music (very favourable)[6]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[7]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[8]
Houston Chronicle 3/5 stars[9]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[10]
People 3/4 stars[11]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[12]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[13]
Stylus Magazine (D)[14]

Songs of Mass Destruction is the fourth studio album by Annie Lennox, released on 1 October 2007 in the UK and 2 October 2007, in the U.S.[15] It was her first album of new material since 2003's Bare.

Reception[edit]

Songs of Mass Destruction received generally favourable reviews from critics upon its release, holding a Metacritic's average score of 68 out of 100 based on 18 reviews.[3]

The album debuted at number 7 on the UK chart, and peaked at number 9 on the U.S. Billboard 200 where it sold 78,000 copies its first week.[16] According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album sold 275,000 copies in the United States as of October 2010.[17]

Singles[edit]

The first single, "Dark Road", originally appeared on Lennox's MySpace page[18] on 15 August 2007. It was subsequently released as a single on 24 September 2007 and charted at number 58 on the UK Singles Chart.

The second single, "Sing", was released digitally on 1 December 2007 and it had a physical release as a single on 17 March 2008. "Sing" is a collaboration between Lennox and 23 other prominent female acts and artists and is a charity record aimed to raise money and awareness for the HIV/AIDS organization Treatment Action Campaign.

The song is a collaboration between Lennox and twenty-three prominent female acts and artists. The line-up consists of Madonna, who sings solo on the second verse of the song. The rest of the line-up includes Anastacia, Isobel Campbell, Dido, Céline Dion, Melissa Etheridge, Fergie, Beth Gibbons, Faith Hill, Angélique Kidjo, Beverley Knight, Gladys Knight, k.d. lang, Sarah McLachlan, Beth Orton, Pink, Bonnie Raitt, Shakira, Shingai Shoniwa, Joss Stone, Sugababes, KT Tunstall, and Martha Wainwright.[19]

As Lennox reported herself on her official website, this song is about raising money and awareness for what she considers to be the HIV/AIDS genocide:[20]

Several years ago I personally witnessed Nelson Mandela, standing in front of his former prison cell on Robben Island, addressing the world's press. His message was that the pandemic of HIV/AIDS in Africa was in fact, a genocide. Since that time I resolved to do as much as I can to bring attention to the HIV/AIDS crisis.

Tour[edit]

On 13 September 2007, Lennox announced a primarily North American tour for Songs of Mass Destruction called "Annie Lennox Sings", which is only the third solo tour of her career. Lasting throughout October and November, 2007, the tour included 18 stops: London, San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Boulder, Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Washington, D.C., Nashville, Atlanta, Miami, New York City (two dates), Philadelphia, and Boston. The venues generally were at medium-size theatres, except in New York City, where one of the dates was a United Nations fundraiser at Wall Street restaurant Cipriani.

Artist Carina Round accompanied Lennox on the tour as an opener, promoting her third album, Slow Motion Addict.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Annie Lennox, "Womankind" rap lyrics by Nadirah X

No. Title Length
1. "Dark Road"   3:47
2. "Love is Blind"   4:18
3. "Smithereens"   5:17
4. "Ghosts in My Machine"   3:30
5. "Womankind" (featuring Nadirah X) 4:28
6. "Through the Glass Darkly"   3:29
7. "Lost"   3:41
8. "Coloured Bedspread"   4:29
9. "Sing" (featuring various female artists*) 4:48
10. "Big Sky"   4:02
11. "Fingernail Moon"   5:02
Barnes & Noble bonus tracks
No. Title Length
12. "Dark Road" (Acoustic version) 3:30
13. "Don't Take Me Down"   3:52

* "Sing" is a collaboration between Lennox and twenty-three prominent female acts and artists. The line-up consists of Madonna, Anastacia, Isobel Campbell, Dido, Céline Dion, Melissa Etheridge, Fergie, Beth Gibbons, Faith Hill, Angélique Kidjo, Beverley Knight, Gladys Knight, k.d. lang, Sarah McLachlan, Beth Orton, Pink, Bonnie Raitt, Shakira, Shingai Shoniwa, Joss Stone, Sugababes, KT Tunstall and Martha Wainwright.

Personnel[edit]

  • Accordion – Eddie Baytos
  • Arrangements, additional production – Mike Stevens
  • Artwork design – Allan Martin
  • Bass – Sean Hurley
  • Drums – Blair Sinta
  • Guitar – Joel Shearer
  • Keyboards – Annie Lennox, Glen Ballard, Mike Stevens, Randy Kerber, Zac Rae
  • Mastering – Ted Jensen
  • Mixing – Tom Lord-Alge
  • Mixing assistant – Femio Hernandez
  • Photography – Mike Owen
  • Piano – Annie Lennox, Randy Kerber
  • Producer – Glen Ballard
  • Recording engineer – Scott Campbell
  • Vocals – Annie Lennox

Charts[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Discogs - High Window profile
  2. ^ Discogs - Westlake studios profile
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  5. ^ Moser, Margalet. "Music Review: Songs of Mass Destruction – Annie Lennox". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 26 October 2007. 
  6. ^ BBC Music review
  7. ^ Greenblatt, Leah. "Music Review: Songs of Mass Destruction – Annie Lennox". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 5 October 2007. 
  8. ^ Sullivan, Caroline. "Music Review: Songs of Mass Destruction – Annie Lennox". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 October 2007. 
  9. ^ Guerra, Joey. "Annie Lennox doesn't wallow in sadness on new disc". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2 October 2007. 
  10. ^ Cromelin, Richard (1 October 2007). "Grit, gospel and an army of Annies". articles.latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  11. ^ Arnold, Chuck (8 October 2007). "Picks and Pans Review: Songs of Mass Destruction". People. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  12. ^ Rolling Stone review
  13. ^ Slant Magazine review
  14. ^ Stylus Magazine review
  15. ^ Amazon.com site for Songs of Mass Destruction
  16. ^ Katie Hasty, "Springsteen Is Boss Of Album Chart With 'Magic'", Billboard.com, 10 October 2007.
  17. ^ McLean, Craig. "Annie Lennox Draws Upon Childhood for Christmas Album". Billboard magazine. Retrieved 29 October 2010. 
  18. ^ Annie Lennox Official MySpace Site
  19. ^ RCA Label Group (UK) | News | Annie Lennox - A choir of 23 renowned female artists join Annie on her new album
  20. ^ Official site for "Sing" Retrieved on 29 January 2008.
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