Back in 1992, I sometimes felt like the only person in the world immune to Annie Lennox’s solo debut album, Diva. Everyone I knew was singing its praises. It left me cold.
The album’s heavy reliance on synthesizers made the music stiff, and Lennox’s icy voice did nothing to dispel that chilly perception. The only track I liked was "Keep Young and Beautiful", and not surprisingly, it was the only track to require a live band.
I do, however, like "Love Song for a Vampire", a track she recorded for the movie Bram Stoker’s Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Copolla. Lennox included it as a b-side to the single, "Little Bird".
Here, the coldness of the synthesizers doesn’t clash with the lyrics of the song, and Lennox doesn’t sing in the usual soulful style she employs on Diva. "Cruel winter chilled the bud and stole my flower too soon," she sings.
I’ve long since sold Diva for cash, but I’ve held onto my CD single of "Little Bird", only because it contains "Love Song for a Vampire".