Thursday, November 6, 2014

Annie Lennox Nostalgia Blue Note 2014

 
Who didn't see this coming?
 
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
 
While her stage presence is at times oddly reminiscent of a potted plant, the fans love the voice...So what does a female rock star that is looking AARP straight in the face do for an encore? Simple, you phone in a release of standard and covers with some A list performers that is about as interesting as watching paint dry. Somewhat predictable arrangements and one could probably name five or six of the tunes without ever seeing the set list. "God Bless The Child" along with "I Put A Spell On You" and "The Nearness Of You" are respectable covers but...predictable in their mediocrity.
 
But is it a bad record? Taste is subjective. Nostalgia simply takes no chances, cuts no new ground and is pretty much everything you have heard before done by artists with better voices. There is some argument as to whether or not her pipes are shot, I'll let you folks hash that one out. Blue Note claims they have not given up on jazz...Wanna bet?
 
Pass...No rating.