Annie Lennox - A Christmas Cornucopia, 2010 Decca Records
Well i guess the last thing we need to hear is yet another Christmas album full of all your favourite "mall-hits" but this one is an exception. Like the Jethro Tull "Christmas album" and Jon Anderson's "3 Ships", Lennox's "A Christmas Cornucopia" is perfect for when you just need to play the ol yule-tide carols. I have always loved Annie's voice and although have not picked up her last 2 albums I have really enjoyed this seasonal offering. Apparently Annie was not under contract to do this album and she had total freedom to record what ever she wanted.
The results show and this album is full of deep harmonies and passion and a vocal conviction that made Annie who she is. Her version of "See Amid The Winter's Snow", "The First Noel" and "Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem" made the hair stand up on my arms and hit me with deep emotion. Annie starts each Carol off in a reasonably traditional way and then by the mid point she has taken us into her world where we find lovely harmonies and multi layered voices giving off a real angelic vibe.
........Happy Holdays if you celebrate them....but either way snag a copy of this seasonal gem