Annie Lennox has jumped on the retro bandwagon. Her just released albumNostalgia infuses an intimate jazz treatment to such classics from earlier eras such as “Georgia on My Mind,” “I Cover the Waterfront” and “You Belong to Me.” Most stunningly, she reinvents Screamin’ Jay Hawkins‘ “I Put a Spell on You” from the woman’s point of view.
The voice of the Eurythmics ’80s hits showcases a subtlety in sharp contrast to what fans heard on “Sweet Dreams” and “Would I Like to You.”
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, an even bigger surprise is that not only is this her first time recording this kind of material — she wasn’t a fan of standards. “People ask me if I grew up with these songs and, to be honest, I didn’t… But what I love about music is it’s so transportable. It extends through time, and it extends through cultures, and it extends through geography. It connects with a soulful place.”
Listen to “I Put a Spell on You”