The Annie Lennox Collection

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The Annie Lennox Collection
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Greatest hits album by Annie Lennox
Released 17 February 2009 (2009-02-17)
Recorded 1992–2008
Genre
Length 62:39
Label RCA
Producer
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
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
BBC MusicPositive[2]
Blender2.5/5 stars[3]
Digital Spy4/5 stars[4]
PopMatters9/10[5]

The Annie Lennox Collection is the first greatest hits album by Scottish singer-songwriter Annie Lennox. It was released on 17 February 2009 and contains two brand-new songs, "Shining Light", originally a song by Ash, and a cover version of Keane's B-side "Closer Now", retitled "Pattern of My Life".[6] The artwork was shot by Canadian 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 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 her to recuperate from a back injury.[8] It was eventually released in the United States on 17 February 2009 by Arista Records and in the United Kingdom and Europe on 9 March 2009 by RCA Records. Included on the album 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 version of the Northern Irish band Ash's 2001 song "Shining Light", which became Lennox's first UK top forty solo hit since 1995, peaking at number 39. The other is a cover version of the 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 containing 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-10 solo album and fourth top-three album. It spent seven weeks in the top 10 and 25 weeks in the top 100. The album peaked at number 34 on the Billboard 200 in the US. Elsewhere, it reached the top five in Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and Norway, and the top 10 in Australia, Croatia and Denmark.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Annie Lennox, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(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 Hughes4:52
5."Precious" 4:15
6."A Whiter Shade of Pale"Gary Brooker, Matthew Fisher, Keith Reid5:18
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 Sanger4:18
14."Shining Light"Tim Wheeler4:19

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Ireland (IRMA)[34] Gold 7,500^
Italy (FIMI)[35] Gold 30,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[36] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[37] Platinum 300,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ BBC Music review
  3. ^ Blender review Archived 28 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Digital Spy review
  5. ^ PopMatters review
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