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Annie Lennox Tries To Make Music Worth The Wait

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Annie Lennox fans had to wait four years for her new album, "Songs of Mass Destruction."

But the former Eurythmics singer figures that's an improvement over the eight-year gap that preceded 2003's "Bare."

"I'd like to be more prolific with my work," says the Scottish-born Lennox, 52, who's released four solo albums since Eurythmics first broke up in the early '90s. "I think perhaps in the future I will be more (prolific) -- perhaps as my home life changes, my children start to get a little older. I'm also going to have my own little studio near at hand, so, I think, the future's bright."

Lennox does, however, tend to make her work worth the wait. She recorded "Songs of Mass Destruction" in Miami with producer Glenn Ballard (Alanis Morissette, Aerosmith), who she was introduced to by Eurythmics partner Dave Stewart. The 11-song set continues to mine the soul music influences from her days listening to Tamla-Motown singles as a child, but there's also a strong political undercurrent that reflects on environmental issues and the war in Iraq, situations Lennox considers "fairly intolerable."

Some of that manifests itself in "Sing," a feminist anthem inspired by Lennox's involvement with Nelson Mandela's 46664 and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), which work to raise awareness for human rights, education and HIV AIDS issues. After writing the track, she recruited 23 of her female colleagues -- including Madonna, Faith Hill, Celine Dion, Pink, Fergie, Bonnie Raitt and more -- to add backing vocals.

"I thought perhaps I could be of benefit by writing a song and empowering those women who do not have an international voice," Lennox explains. "I thought that if I could invite other female artists to join with me, that would be a really strong statement.

"So I sent out a lot of letters to various artists that I thought would be appropriate, and they all came back to me very positively. I'm so glad they've given me their voice and their endorsement of the issue."

Annie Lennox and Carina Round perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday (Oct. 22)at the Music Hall Center, 350 Madison Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $80, $60 and $40. Call (313) 887-8501 or visit www.musichall.org.

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