Annie Lennox – Diva (1992)

Although traces of her synthpop roots certainly showed through, Annie Lennox’s solo debut, Diva, made it abundantly clear that her new material would veer away from gender-bending robotics of the early Eurythmics sound and continue towards the more emotionally grounded soul of later releases. On Diva, Lennox infuses each song with tenderly perceptive lyrics, hypnotic rhythms, and irresistibly soulful wailings. Her arrangements are clean and simple, utilising bare instrumentation and sometimes-languid chord work. The singles “Walking on Broken Glass”, “Little Bird”, and “Why” became radio mainstays, while gems such as the Eastern-influenced dream ballad “Primitive”, the hauntingly autobiographical pop-lament “Legend in My Living Room”, and the cheerfully satirical “Keep Young and Beautiful” gave the album a plump maturity. –Sally Weinbach

Annie Lennox “The Gift” 

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