Songs of Mass Destruction is the fourth studio album by Annie Lennox, released on 1 October 2007. It was her first album of new material since 2003's Bare.
Songs of Mass Destruction received generally favourable reviews from critics upon its release, holding a Metacritic's average score of 68 out of 100 based on 18 reviews.
The album debuted at number 7 on the UK chart, where it has since been certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry. It peaked at number 9 on the U.S. Billboard 200 where it sold 78,000 copies its first week. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album had sold 275,000 copies in the United States as of October 2010.
The first single, "Dark Road", originally appeared on Lennox's MySpace page on 15 August 2007. It was subsequently released as a single on 24 September 2007 and charted at number 58 on the UK Singles Chart.
The second single, "Sing", was released digitally on 1 December 2007 and it had a physical release as a single on 17 March 2008. "Sing" is a collaboration between Lennox and 23 other prominent female acts and artists and is a charity record aimed to raise money and awareness for the HIV/AIDS organization Treatment Action Campaign. The line-up consists of Madonna (who sings solo on the second verse of the song), Anastacia, Isobel Campbell, Dido, Céline Dion, Melissa Etheridge, Fergie, Beth Gibbons, Faith Hill, Angélique Kidjo, Beverley Knight, Gladys Knight, k.d. lang, Sarah McLachlan, Beth Orton, Pink, Bonnie Raitt, Shakira, Shingai Shoniwa, Joss Stone, Sugababes, KT Tunstall, and Martha Wainwright.
As Lennox reported herself on her official website, this song is about raising money and awareness for what she considers to be the HIV/AIDS genocide:
||Several years ago I personally witnessed Nelson Mandela, standing in front of his former prison cell on Robben Island, addressing the world's press. His message was that the pandemic of HIV/AIDS in Africa was in fact, a genocide. Since that time I resolved to do as much as I can to bring attention to the HIV/AIDS crisis.
On 13 September 2007, Lennox announced a primarily North American tour for Songs of Mass Destruction called "Annie Lennox Sings", which is only the third solo tour of her career. Lasting throughout October and November, 2007, the tour included 18 stops: London, San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Boulder, Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Washington, D.C., Nashville, Atlanta, Miami, New York City (two dates), Philadelphia, and Boston. The venues generally were at medium-size theatres, except in New York City, where one of the dates was a United Nations fundraiser at Wall Street restaurant Cipriani.
All tracks written by Annie Lennox, "Womankind" rap lyrics by Nadirah X.
|2.||"Love Is Blind"||4:18|
|4.||"Ghosts in My Machine"||3:30|
|5.||"Womankind" (featuring Nadirah X)||4:28|
|6.||"Through the Glass Darkly"||3:29|
|9.||"Sing" (featuring various female artists; see Singles above)||4:48|
|12.||"Dark Road" (Acoustic version)||3:30|
|13.||"Don't Take Me Down"||3:52|
|2.||"Dark Road" (Music video)||3:46|
|3.||"Bonus materials"|| |
|1.||"Little Bird" (Live)||4:20|
|2.||"Walking On Broken Glass" (Live)||4:30|
|3.||"Smithereens" (with Audio Commentary)||5:15|
|4.||"Sing" (with Audio Commentary)||4:46|
|5.||"Dark Road" (with Audio Commentary)||3:47|
|Italian Albums Chart
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- ^ Discogs - Westlake studios profile
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