a thread for annie lennox's 1992 "adult alternative" album DIVA

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cholula bankhead (m bison), Sunday, 7 February 2010 19:34 (twelve years ago) link

i don't think i've listened to this in 15 years

cholula bankhead (m bison), Sunday, 7 February 2010 19:34 (twelve years ago) link

it was one of the 15-20 compact discs in my house growing up. i listened to this on repeat because i did not want to here sinatra's duets.

cholula bankhead (m bison), Sunday, 7 February 2010 19:36 (twelve years ago) link

"Walking on Broken Glass" is a great fucking song and pretty much my go-to example for lyrical content not at all reflecting the bright and sweet music.

Brad Nelson (BradNelson), Sunday, 7 February 2010 22:45 (twelve years ago) link

the singles from this were pretty big just as i was getting into the charts and so on - when i found out about the eurythmics i was pretty confused. i really liked "love song for a vampire"!

لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Sunday, 7 February 2010 23:02 (twelve years ago) link

1992 was just plain the best year for singles ever in my life, srsly.

queen frostine (Eric H.), Sunday, 7 February 2010 23:07 (twelve years ago) link

"Walking on Broken Glass" one of the truly COMPLICATED big hits of the period. I still don't quite understand how all the pieces of the rhythm work. I also really like the way Lennox delivers "Keep Young and Beautiful" -- just straight enough to give the thing a little sting. Superb record through and through.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 8 February 2010 01:25 (twelve years ago) link

"Why" is absolutely gorgeous. I still recite the litany of rhymes with "-ead" to impress friends.

The rest of the album? Not so much.

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 8 February 2010 01:43 (twelve years ago) link

OH WAIT SORRY.

"Little Bird" is fabulous. In fact, this is the greatest video of Lennox's career:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI0gdIWJ4-w

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 8 February 2010 01:43 (twelve years ago) link

I mean, it's at Madonna and Bowie's level of image savviness.

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 8 February 2010 01:44 (twelve years ago) link

Ha speaking of which:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNG2z4wWkhA

Ned Raggett, Monday, 8 February 2010 01:45 (twelve years ago) link

That avocado green jacket is at Madonna and Annie Lennox's level of visual savviness.

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 8 February 2010 01:46 (twelve years ago) link

Hahahah

Ned Raggett, Monday, 8 February 2010 01:47 (twelve years ago) link

"why" is so good

anita bonghit (rionat), Monday, 8 February 2010 01:53 (twelve years ago) link

She flirted with boredom -- was very friendly with boring music -- for many years, so it's no surprise she became so irrelevant.

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 8 February 2010 01:55 (twelve years ago) link

I love this album. I think I like every song on it. I loved the video for "Little Bird" with all the Annie Lennox "drag-clones."

JammerDNA, Monday, 8 February 2010 05:52 (twelve years ago) link

Alfred OTM. I was so stoked for this record and so appalled by it.

all yoga attacks are fire based (rogermexico.), Monday, 8 February 2010 05:53 (twelve years ago) link

an ex of mine would invariably put this record on when she was upset about something so hearing any of it fills me with tremendous anxiety

trembling blue knees (electricsound), Monday, 8 February 2010 05:57 (twelve years ago) link

two weeks pass...

"Dying is easy/it's living that scares me to death."

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 25 February 2010 03:50 (twelve years ago) link

i fuck w/ this album

OMG Thanx Jeezy (some dude), Thursday, 25 February 2010 06:48 (twelve years ago) link

huge annie lennox stan right here. up until the stuff that came after this album.

THEY HAVE CREATED ANOTHER (jjjusten), Thursday, 25 February 2010 06:51 (twelve years ago) link

this is totally great tho.

THEY HAVE CREATED ANOTHER (jjjusten), Thursday, 25 February 2010 06:51 (twelve years ago) link

two years pass...

this album sounds so good this a.m.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 25 November 2012 13:18 (ten years ago) link

so people who love this one don't love Medusa? Medusa gives me feelings

too many encores (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Sunday, 25 November 2012 14:07 (ten years ago) link

Medusa has No More I Love You's, and I think her take on Waiting in Vain is quite genuinely gorgeous, but her Train in Vain is an unforgivable atrocity.

Room 227 (cryptosicko), Monday, 26 November 2012 05:24 (ten years ago) link

Her song in Dracula was the second or third best thing about that movie

All year, "Call Me Maybe" just made me reminisce about "Walking On Broken Glass."

Bobby Ken Doll (Eric H.), Monday, 26 November 2012 05:44 (ten years ago) link

nine months pass...

i said this a while ago but it is my new karaoke goal to find myself singing "why" in drag

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Friday, 6 September 2013 14:24 (nine years ago) link

i also kinda love this album front to back, and especially bc it lands in a drifting and unresolved blue nile cowrite

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Friday, 6 September 2013 14:25 (nine years ago) link

I did a horrifying version of "Why" at karaoke once.

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 6 September 2013 14:30 (nine years ago) link

mine probably would be too but i feel the bare horror would be tempered by mascara

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Friday, 6 September 2013 14:33 (nine years ago) link

the only time I wrested the tune away from my hapless pipes was I sang-shouted the THIS IS THE BOOK AH NEVER READ part

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 6 September 2013 14:35 (nine years ago) link

Cool

FrankieGrande, Monday, 9 September 2013 22:50 (nine years ago) link

Nice

FrankieGrande, Monday, 9 September 2013 22:51 (nine years ago) link

saw some of her clips on bazoocam

FrankieGrande, Monday, 9 September 2013 22:52 (nine years ago) link

five months pass...

i said this a while ago but it is my new karaoke goal to find myself singing "why" in drag

― emo canon in twee major (BradNelson)

any luck?

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 23 February 2014 15:27 (eight years ago) link

This was the only CD my dad ever played in the car from its release till some point in the mid 90s.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Monday, 24 February 2014 13:51 (eight years ago) link

two months pass...

this is the fear
this is the dread
these are the contents of my head

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 10 May 2014 00:53 (eight years ago) link

eight months pass...

The sun's still shining in the big blue sky
But it don't mean nothing to me
Oh let the rain come down
Let the wind blow through me
I'm living in an empty room
With all the windows smashed
And I've got so little left to lose
That it feels just like I'm walking on broken glass

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 19 January 2015 01:44 (seven years ago) link

same

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Monday, 19 January 2015 02:11 (seven years ago) link

WALKING ON WALKING ON

The Complainte of Ray Tabano, Monday, 19 January 2015 03:25 (seven years ago) link

Man, those are awful lyrics written down.

And yet, the single is OK.

Mark G, Monday, 19 January 2015 17:04 (seven years ago) link

four years pass...

hi, Brad

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 27 January 2019 03:53 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

"walking on broken glass" is the greatest song of all time

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 18:32 (three years ago) link

Wrong.

The single mix of "Little Bird" is.

Let's have sensible centrist armageddon (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 19:07 (three years ago) link

finally happy to agree to disagree about something

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 19:28 (three years ago) link

and the video

Let's have sensible centrist armageddon (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 19:29 (three years ago) link

Wrong. This (spurious?) rap couplet is: Your Favorite Rap Couplets of the Moment, You Contrarian-Ass Mutha!

☮ (peace, man), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 19:34 (three years ago) link

ok that's p good

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 19:50 (three years ago) link

You know what song kills me? "Primitive."

Let's have sensible centrist armageddon (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 19:58 (three years ago) link

eleven months pass...

I know it’s from the next album but “no more i love yous” is all-time. Incredible video too

i am a horse girl (map), Saturday, 1 February 2020 05:50 (two years ago) link

Yep

Tim F, Saturday, 1 February 2020 05:53 (two years ago) link

six months pass...

Brad, come back so we can talk about Diva.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 31 August 2020 16:41 (two years ago) link

1992 was just plain the best year for singles ever in my life, srsly.
― queen frostine (Eric H.), Sunday, February 7, 2010 5:07 PM (ten years ago)

I still pretty much believe this.

Get the point? Good, let's dance with nunchaku. (Eric H.), Monday, 31 August 2020 16:51 (two years ago) link

before I ever got into rock/metal, the singles from this album were my shit. I mean don't get me wrong, I still love them, but as a kid I was into this shit rather than the 'cool' pop of the moment.

guess I need to listen to the album proper beyond the singles finally

pass the cur's dossier (Neanderthal), Monday, 31 August 2020 17:00 (two years ago) link

i finally did sing "why" while wearing a dress this year, in february (rip karaoke)

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 31 August 2020 17:09 (two years ago) link

I love the Bowie-level image manipulation of the "Little Bird" video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjbNLVQ_Iwk

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 31 August 2020 17:15 (two years ago) link

I bought this on a bootleg cassette from a man at Speke Market, it was such a bad copy I could barely hear it through the hiss.

Anti-Cop Ponceortium (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 31 August 2020 17:27 (two years ago) link

Man my dad really loved this album in 1992.

chap, Monday, 31 August 2020 17:29 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

Can't believe how long it took me to listen to this gorgeous album. I mean, it opens with two amazing singles, why wouldn't the rest of it be great

I believe that love alone might do these things for you

Vinnie, Thursday, 17 November 2022 00:51 (two weeks ago) link


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