Each week, FADER Media Style Director Chioma Nnadi will comment on the throwback style and fashion of a Suite903 artist. Today’s Re-Issue: Annie Lennox.
I had almost forgotten about this song and the magnificent divatude that is Annie Lennox, until earlier this week, when I was in the shower and Nicki Minaj's new hit "Your Love" came on the radio. I'd had a discussion about what it means to be a diva a few days earlier, and how certain starlets (Rihanna) do not have what it takes to transcend the confines of their moment and reach diva levitation. As much as I object to her pageantry tendencies, Beyoncé has it. Lady Gaga on the other does have the musical canon to support it. And while I love me some Janet, her vocal chords are not strong enough to blow the socks off it, or anything thing else for that matter. Annie Lennox is the only Scottish diva that I can think of dead or alive. Her voice has the craziest combination of operatic precision and gut-wrenching soul, and even sparkles on the more mediocre jams in her repertoire. "No More I Love Yous," is not mediocre in the slightest, and the video with Lennox set against the campy setting of Swab Lake cabaret is a quite a gem too. While some of the Moulin Rouge stylings might be a little extreme for my taste (those two bunches recall the dreadul Louis Vuitton bunny ears Madonna wore to the Met ball last year), she's still undeniably awesome here as she was back in her "Sweet Dreams" heyday.