Annie Lennox - Medusa (1995)
I discovered this album a few years ago, because a friend was playing it when I went over to visit. I instantly fell in love. Annie's husky voice entranced me.
It's actually a cover album, but she sings every song as if it were her own.
I bought the album, and it relaxes me so much.
Some of the topics are quite deep and hard hitting, "A thin line between love and hate" about a woman who abuses her husband. An amazing song.
"Don't let it bring you down" was featured on the movie "American Beauty". A haunting song to match an equally haunting movie.
Annie is truly a legend.
"If there was a better way to go then it would find me, I can't help it the road just rolls out behind me, be kind to me, or treat me mean, I'll make the most of it I'm an Extroadinary Machine"
It's like all these songs are written about me, they're not of course, it's just Fiona Apple being an amazing songwriter and artist. When an album can make you feel like it's all about you, no matter what stage of your life it is, is surely an incredible feat!
Fiona sings so sullenley, with so much passion yet with a detached tone only she could manage.
Standout tracks "O' Sailor" "Extraordinary Machine" "Window" "Get him back"
Anika Moa - Thinking Room (2001)
The debut album from our very own Anika Moa. She is gorgeous.
I fell in love with this album from the very first time I heard it. Although it's not Anika's favourite album she made (says it's nothing like her, more like her record company told her what to do) I still adore it.
I really can't pick any standout tracks, they are all amazing!