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Annie Lennox: Return of the Sweet Dreamer

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September 30, 2007

"Return of the Sweet Dreamer"

LONDON ANNIE LENNOX is a worrier. She worries about victims of war, about African children with AIDS, about the poor and the homeless. She worries about the state of popular music, about every detail of her album packages and Web site, about her stamina as she gears up for an American tour after her fourth solo album, “Songs of Mass Destruction” (Arista), is released on Tuesday. One thing she doesn’t have to worry about is whether her songs move people. She can see that for herself. It happened, for instance, while she was rehearsing with her band just over a week ago, at a former biscuit factory in the dreary Bermondsey neighborhood of London. “Ah, this is the life of glamour,” she said wryly, with her Scottish burr. In her do-gooder mode, Ms. Lennox was about to headline a sold-out benefit concert at the Royal Albert Hall for Peace One Day. It’s an organization that achieved a United Nations resolution making Sept. 21 an annual day of peace, and it is now working to establish that day as a full-scale, worldwide cease-fire. Other people would do the speechifying at the concert. “At the end of the day, people just want to be entertained,” she said. So she was rehearsing a mini-set that tucked her new single, the hymnlike ballad “Dark Road,” between upbeat (but not necessarily cheerful) oldies dating back to her solo debut album, “Diva,” and her 1980s albums with Eurythmics. Midway through “There Must Be an Angel (Playing With My Heart),” which may well be an elegy masquerading as a love song, one of her backup singers suddenly heard the words anew and burst into tears. “The song just opens up,” Ms. Lennox said afterward. “That’s what you’re aiming for.” Click here to read the rest of this article:

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