Angel is a ballad with an adult contemporary sound.Annie said in an interview at the time that the song was inspired by the death of her aunt, as she sings about a woman who has killed herself and now has “gone to meet her maker”. The music video, directed by Sophie Muller, features Annie and Dave taking part in a seance and running through a burning house, and was not widely seen in the US (not shown at all on MTV) supposedly due to several scenes depicting the occult.

Angel peaked at number twenty-three on the UK singles chart, though failed to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Annie Lennox re-recorded the song in 1997 for the Diana, Princess of Wales: Tribute album.