God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
Annie Lennox puts aside her blue-eyed soul leanings and goes back to her chilly British youth on this regal and austere set of Christmas classics. This is the world of "In the Bleak Midwinter," not "Frosty the Snowman." Lennox is committed and focused instead of comfy and fun, which suits material like "Lullay Lullay (Coventry Carol)" just right. There is a children's choir on some of the numbers, including the luminous "Silent Night" and the one original track. Lennox's "Universal Child" takes us out of Christmas Past and offers hope for our collective future.