A Christmas Cornucopia

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A Christmas Cornucopia
Annie Lennox - A Christmas Cornucopia.jpg
Studio album by
Released12 November 2010[1]
RecordedOctober 2009 – Summer 2010 in London, England
StudioSheen Lane, London
Milestone Studio, Cape Town
GenreChristmas, soul
LabelIsland, Decca
ProducerAnnie Lennox
Mike Stevens
Annie Lennox chronology
The Annie Lennox Collection
(2009)
A Christmas Cornucopia
(2010)
Nostalgia
(2014)
Singles from A Christmas Cornucopia
  1. "Universal Child"
    Released: 12 October 2010[2]
  2. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
    Released: 4 November 2010
  3. "The Holly and the Ivy"
    Released: 12 December 2011

A Christmas Cornucopia is the fifth studio album, and the first Christmas album, by Scottish singer-songwriter Annie Lennox, released in November 2010. It was Lennox's first album after signing to the Universal Music Group (Island Records in the UK, Decca in the US and Canada) following her departure from Sony BMG, which had been her label for almost 30 years.

The album is a collection of Lennox's favourite Christmas songs, though includes one original track written by Lennox, "Universal Child", which was released digitally as a single on 12 October 2010. A music video for Lennox's version of the classic Christmas carol "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" premiered on 4 November 2010, which was released as the second digital single from the album.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic73[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
The Austin Chronicle2.5/5 stars[5]
BBC Music(very positive)[6]
The Guardian4/5 stars[7]
Los Angeles Times4/4 stars[8]
The New York Times(Positive)[9]
Slant Magazine3.5/5 stars[10]

Metacritic gives A Christmas Cornucopia a weighted average score of 73 based on 9 reviews, meaning "generally favorable reviews".[3] Ian Wade of BBC Music gave the album a very positive review, saying "this collection could find itself becoming as much a part of the holiday season as arguments with loved ones." [11] Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine awarded the album 3.5/5 and said "Lennox seems more inspired on A Christmas Cornucopia than she has in years." [12] John Hunt of Qatar Today magazine gave the album 9/10 and said "in particular, the vocal work and musical arrangement of 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen' are impactful to the point of being intimidating."[13]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Angels from the Realms of Glory"James Montgomery4:00
2."God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"Traditional3:32
3."See Amid the Winter's Snow"Edward Caswall, John Goss3:31
4."Il est né le divin Enfant"Traditional3:37
5."The First Noel"Traditional4:40
6."Lullay Lullay (The Coventry Carol)"Traditional3:13
7."The Holly and the Ivy"Traditional3:37
8."In the Bleak Midwinter"Christina Rossetti3:31
9."As Joseph was a Walking (The Cherry Tree Carol)"Geoffrey Shaw3:59
10."O Little Town of Bethlehem"Phillips Brooks3:33
11."Silent Night"Joseph Mohr, Franz Gruber, John Freeman Young3:49
12."Universal Child"Annie Lennox4:14

Commercial performance[edit]

As of January 2011, Christmas Cornucopia has sold 179,000 copies in United States. [14]

Personnel[edit]

  • Matt Allison – engineer
  • Marcus Byrne – engineer
  • Annie Lennox – accordion, African drums, African percussion, arranger, dulcimer, Fender Rhodes, flute, harmonium, keyboards, marimba, orchestral arrangements, pan pipes, percussion, piano, pipe organ, producer, reed organ, santur, string arrangements, triangle, vibraphone, vocal percussion, vocals, whisper, whistle, Wurlitzer
  • Heff Moraes – mixing, mixing Consultant
  • Mike Owen – photography
  • Dave Robbins – conductor
  • Mark Stevens – African drums, engineer, percussion
  • Mike Stevens – arranger, bass, drones, engineer, glockenspiel, acoustic guitar, nylon string guitar, keyboards, mixing, music box, orchestral arrangements, organ, Hammond organ, oud, producer, programming, string arrangements, strings
  • Barry Van Zyl – African drums, percussion
  • The African Children's Choir – vocals

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
Germany[29][30] 12 November 2010 Decca Records CD, digital download B0043A0PXU
12 November 2010 LP record B0043A0PY4
United Kingdom 15 November 2010 Island Records CD, digital download
Ireland
United States 16 November 2010 Decca Records
23 November 2010 LP record

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Moser, Margalet (31 December 2010). "Music Review: Songs of Mass Destruction – Annie Lennox". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  6. ^ Wade, Ian (2010). "Annie Lennox A Christmas Cornucopia Review". BBC. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  7. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (18 November 2010). "Annie Lennox: A Christmas Cornucopia - review". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  8. ^ Lewis, Randy (10 December 2010). "Holiday CDs for every musical taste". articles.latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
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