Singer songwriter, activist, and iconoclast Annie Lennox, offers fans a first listen to some of the tracks on her new album ‘Nostalgia’, released on October 27th via Island Records. Here’s the album trailer…
On ‘Nostalgia’, Annie pays tribute to some of the finest composers and artists of the 20th century – including Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and Billie Holiday – and interprets compositions that have moved her, stripping them down to their emotional and musical core and making them her own.
She explains: “I went deeper because, for me, the origin of these songs is the blues. Blues comes from something beautiful and painful – and it’s the mixture of the two things. And that’s an area that I know very well. I thought, if I’m going to try this, I’m going to get right to the nub of the song. You commune with the song and if the melody is speaking back to you, it guides you into where you need to go with it.”
The 12-track album, produced by Lennox and her collaborator Mike Stevens, its a collection of the legendary singer-songwriter’s impassioned takes on iconic American compositions that still continue to resonate in our complex contemporary world – songs like ‘Memphis In June’, ‘Strange Fruit’, ‘I Can Dream, Can’t I?’ and ‘God Bless The Child’.