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The Other Red-Headed Annie

A friend of mine told me recently that Annie Lennox in the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams" video with her man's suit and bright red hair was a big turn-on for him. After vomiting in my mouth, I thought, well, OK, you're gay, she was mannish, not cute, but whatever. Different strokes for different folks. Sporting the same cut to this day, she's become an elegant songstress, writing and producing lush albums of ballads with slightly funked-up jazz numbers that lurk on the outer fringe of pop music. She helped define '80s mainstream new wave, but now she takes a backseat, opting to take her time between albums. She's basically the female Sting, just not as annoying. Lennox tours now in support of her latest album, Songs of Mass Destruction, released earlier this month. It's a low-key release with probably one of the most ambitious songs this side of "We Are the World." "Sing" brings together 23 female superstars like Madonna, Celine Dion and k.d. lang on an anthem for AIDS awareness. I just wouldn't expect them to be there when Annie Lennox performs 7:30 p.m. Sunday at McFarlin Auditorium, 6400 Hillcrest Road on the SMU campus. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Sun., Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m., 2007

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