Songs Of Mass Destruction

Songs Of Mass Destruction

Songs of Mass Destruction
Annie Lennox
Released 1 October 2007
Recorded September 2006—February 2007 in Los Angeles, California
Genre Pop rock, funk rock, blues rock, soul
Length 46:51
Label RCA, Sony BMG
Producer Glen Ballard
Annie Lennox chronology

Bare
(2003)
Songs of Mass Destruction
(2007)
The Annie Lennox Collection
(2009)
Singles from Songs of Mass Destruction
  1. "Dark Road"
    Released: 24 September 2007
  2. "Sing"
    Released: 1 December 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
BBC Music (very favourable)[2]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[3]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[4]
Stylus Magazine (D)[5]

Songs of Mass Destruction is the fourth studio album by Annie Lennox, released on 1 October 2007 in the UK and 2 October 2007, in the U.S.[6] The album debuted at number 7 in the UK, where it has since been certified Silver by the BPI,[7] and number 9 in the U.S. where it sold 78,000 copies its first week.[8] It was her first album of new material since 2003's Bare.

Singles

The first single, "Dark Road", first appeared on Lennox's MySpace page[9] on 15 August 2007. It was subsequently released as a single on 24 September 2007 and charted at number 58 on the UK Singles Chart.

The second single, "Sing", was released digitally on 1 December 2007 and it had a physical release as a single on 17 March 2008. "Sing" is a collaboration between Lennox and 23 other prominent female acts and artists and is a charity record aimed to raise money and awareness for the HIV/AIDS organization Treatment Action Campaign.

The song is a collaboration between Lennox and twenty-three prominent female acts and artists. The line-up consists of Madonna, who sings solo on the second verse of the song. The rest of the line-up includes Anastacia, Isobel Campbell, Dido, Céline Dion, Melissa Etheridge, Fergie, Beth Gibbons, Faith Hill, Angélique Kidjo, Beverley Knight, Gladys Knight, k.d. lang, Sarah McLachlan, Beth Orton, Pink, Bonnie Raitt, Shakira, Shingai Shoniwa, Joss Stone, Sugababes, KT Tunstall, and Martha Wainwright.[10]

As Lennox reported herself on her official website, this song is about raising money and awareness for what she considers to be the HIV/AIDS genocide:[11]

Tour

On 13 September 2007, Lennox announced a primarily North American tour for Songs of Mass Destruction called "Annie Lennox Sings", which is only the third solo tour of her career. Lasting throughout October and November, 2007, the tour included 18 stops: London, San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Boulder, Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Washington, D.C., Nashville, Atlanta, Miami, New York City (two dates), Philadelphia, and Boston. The venues generally were at medium-size theatres, except in New York City, where one of the dates was a United Nations fundraiser at Wall Street restaurant Cipriani.

Artist Carina Round accompanied Lennox on the tour as an opener, promoting her third album, Slow Motion Addict.

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Annie Lennox, "Womankind" rap lyrics by Nadirah X
No. Title Length
1. "Dark Road"   3:47
2. "Love is Blind"   4:18
3. "Smithereens"   5:17
4. "Ghosts in My Machine"   3:30
5. "Womankind" (featuring Nadirah X) 4:28
6. "Through the Glass Darkly"   3:29
7. "Lost"   3:41
8. "Coloured Bedspread"   4:29
9. "Sing" (featuring various female artists*) 4:48
10. "Big Sky"   4:02
11. "Fingernail Moon"   5:02
Barnes & Noble bonus tracks
No. Title Length
12. "Dark Road" (Acoustic version) 3:30
13. "Don't Take Me Down"   3:52

* "Sing" is a collaboration between Lennox and twenty-three prominent female acts and artists. The line-up consists of Madonna, Anastacia, Isobel Campbell, Dido, Céline Dion, Melissa Etheridge, Fergie, Beth Gibbons, Faith Hill, Angélique Kidjo, Beverley Knight, Gladys Knight, k.d. lang, Sarah McLachlan, Beth Orton, Pink, Bonnie Raitt, Shakira, Shingai Shoniwa, Joss Stone, Sugababes, KT Tunstall and Martha Wainwright.

Charts

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 41
Austrian Albums Chart 25
Belgian Albums Chart 25
Dutch Albums Chart 45
French Albums Chart 28
German Albums Chart 15
Irish Albums Chart 21
Italian Albums Chart 3
Polish Albums Chart 21
Spanish Albums Chart 96
Swedish Albums Chart 26
Swiss Albums Chart 7
UK Albums Chart[12] 7
U.S. Billboard 200 9

Personnel

  • Accordion – Eddie Baytos
  • Arrangements, additional production – Mike Stevens
  • Artwork design – Allan Martin
  • Bass – Sean Hurley
  • Drums – Blair Sinta
  • Guitar – Joel Shearer
  • Keyboards – Annie Lennox, Glen Ballard, Mike Stevens, Randy Kerber, Zac Rae
  • Mastering – Ted Jensen
  • Mixing – Tom Lord-Alge
  • Mixing assistant – Femio Hernandez
  • Photography – Mike Owen
  • Piano – Annie Lennox, Randy Kerber
  • Producer – Glen Ballard
  • Recording engineer – Scott Campbell
  • Vocals – Annie Lennox

Notes