Monday, 3 June 2019

Annie Lennox


1. Angels From The Realms of Glory
2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
3. See Amid The Winter's Snow
4. Il Est Né Le Divin Enfant
5. The First Noel
6. Lullay Lullay (The Coventry Carol)
7. The Holly And The Ivy
8. In The Bleak Midwinter
9. As Joseph Was A Walking
10. Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem
11. Silent Night
12. Universal Child

This is an excellent collection of Christmas music, sung by the strong, moving voice of Annie Lennox. It is all traditional carols/winter songs, no US 1950's crooning either. It contains many of my favourite carols, all delivered in a vibrant, atmospheric manner - the wonderful, underrated Angels From The Realms Of GloryGod Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen; the lovely, hymnal See, Amid The Winter's Snow, which I love; the uplifting, anthemic The First Noël ; The Holly And The Ivy and the sublimely haunting In The Bleak Midwinter. All great Christmas fare. Lennox sings them not in a cheesy style, but in a traditional, respectful manner, full of feeling.

There are other lesser-known gems too, like the lovely Coventry Carol. For one such as myself, who doesn't play Christmas music until around December 19th, I have to say I always find this a most enjoyable listen every year as I am making the Christmas coleslaw (beetroot, red onion, red cabbage, curry powder, mango chutney, mayonnaise in case you are wondering).