2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman
3. See Amid The Winter's Snow
4. I'l est ne le Divin Enfant
5. First Noel
6. Lullay Lullay (Coventry Carol)
7. The Holly and the Ivy
8. In The Bleak Midwinter
9. As Joseph Was A Walking
10. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
11. Silent Night
12. Universal Child
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A Christmas Cornucopia is a collection of new, inspired interpretations of 11 traditional festive songs, rounded out by a new Lennox composition, Universal Child. The music on the album was mostly played by Lennox, in collaboration with co producer Mike Stevens, and recorded in his southwest London studio - at the bottom of his garden. But to achieve the resonance and vibrancy that were integral to Lennox's ideas for these re-energized reboots, the pair also worked with a 30-piece orchestra at Pinewood Studios. And they travelled further afield too: to South Africa, to record with the African Children's Choir, a remarkable organization with which impassioned campaigner and activist Lennox has long had a relationship. A Christmas Cornucopia is no sweetly packaged selection box. As befits its title, it offers an abundance of songs - drawn from British, French and German traditions - and a host of ideas.
Annie Lennox certainly requires no introduction. As one half of the fabulous Eurythmics, she ruled the pop charts in the 80s. For Christmas music, though, we've had to content ourselves with the wonderful "Winter Wonderland" from the inaugural edition of "A Very Special Christmas" and a duet with Al Green on the non-Christmas "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" from the "Scrooged" soundtrack. Finally, Annie is putting her considerable talents behind a full Christmas album, and that is cause for celebration.
The single (above), "Universal Child", was released in mid-October and had previously been performed as part of the American Idol special "Idol Gives Back" in April. All of Annie’s income from "Universal Child" will go to the Annie Lennox Foundation, Annie’s own charity that raises money for charitable projects supporting and educating women and children in Africa with HIV/AIDS.
The track list on "A Christmas Cornucopia" leads one to believe this album is going to be a much more traditional and somber collection than either "Winter Wonderland" or "Put A Little Love In Your Heart". I'm hoping that somewhere along the way, Annie cuts loose and gives us a danceable rendition of something. But, given a voice that could make a cash register receipt scintillating, it's likely to be a wonderful album in any case.