The Annie Lennox Collection

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The Annie Lennox Collection
Greatest hits album by Annie Lennox
Released 17 February 2009 (2009-02-17)
Recorded 1992–2008
Genre Pop rock, alternative rock, soul, R&B, synthpop
Length 62:39
Label RCA
Producer Annie Lennox, Glen Ballard, Stephen Lipson, Mike Stevens, Andy Wright
Annie Lennox chronology
Songs of Mass Destruction
(2007)
The Annie Lennox Collection
(2009)
A Christmas Cornucopia
(2010)
Singles from The Annie Lennox Collection
  1. "Shining Light"
    Released: 2 March 2009
  2. "Pattern of My Life"
    Released: 24 May 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
BBC Music positive[2]
Blender 2.5/5 stars[3]
Digital Spy 4/5 stars[4]
PopMatters 9/10[5]

The Annie Lennox Collection is the first greatest hits album by Scottish singer-songwriter Annie Lennox. It was released on 9 March 2009 and also contains two brand-new songs, "Shining Light", originally a song by Ash, and a cover of Keane's rare B-side "Closer Now", retitled "Pattern of My Life".[6] The artwork was shot by rock singer Bryan Adams.[7]

Background[edit]

About the album, Lennox said:

It seems like the time has come to release the Collection this year. The songs are timeless, and have become "classics" in their own right.[7]

Finishing out her contract with Sony BMG, Lennox released the compilation album The Annie Lennox Collection. Initially intended for release in September 2008, the release date was pushed back several months to allow Lennox to recuperate from a back injury.[8] The compilation was eventually released in the US on 17 February 2009, and in the UK and Europe on 9 March 2009. Included on the track listing are songs from her four solo albums, one from the Bram Stoker's Dracula soundtrack, and two new songs. One of these is a cover of Northern Irish band Ash's 2001 song "Shining Light", which became Lennox's first UK top forty solo hit since 1995, peaking at number thirty-nine. The other is a cover of English band Keane's song "Closer Now" (originally the B-side to their 2000 single "Call Me What You Like"), retitled "Pattern of My Life". The track was released digitally in the UK on 24 May 2009 as the album's second single.

A limited three-disc edition of the album was released only in the UK on the same day, containing a second CD with rare songs such as a live cover version of R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" with Alicia Keys and Lennox's Academy Award-winning song "Into the West" from the 2003 film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, as well as a DVD compilation featuring most of Lennox's solo videos since 1992 and two live performances.

Commercial performance[edit]

The Annie Lennox Collection debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart, Lennox's fifth top ten solo album and fourth top three album. It spent seven weeks in the top ten and twenty-five weeks in the top 100. The album peaked at number thirty-four on the Billboard 200 in the US. Elsewhere, it reached the top five in Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and Norway, and the top ten in Australia, Croatia and Denmark.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Annie Lennox, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Little Bird"     4:49
2. "Walking on Broken Glass"     4:10
3. "Why"     4:53
4. "No More "I Love You's""   David Freeman, Joseph Hughes 4:52
5. "Precious"     4:15
6. "A Whiter Shade of Pale"   Gary Brooker, Matthew Fisher, Keith Reid 5:18
7. "A Thousand Beautiful Things"     3:06
8. "Sing"     4:20
9. "Pavement Cracks"     5:09
10. "Love Song for a Vampire"     4:19
11. "Cold"     4:28
12. "Dark Road"     3:47
13. "Pattern of My Life"   Tom Chaplin, Tim Rice-Oxley, Richard Hughes, James Sanger 4:18
14. "Shining Light"   Tim Wheeler 4:29

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ BBC Music review
  3. ^ Blender review
  4. ^ Digital Spy review
  5. ^ PopMatters review
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