Revenge by Eurythmics

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Revenge by Eurythmics
Revenge by Eurythmics

Album Released: 1986

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1.Missionary Man4:29
2.Thorn In My Side4:13
3.When Tomorrow Comes4:31
4.The Last Time4:14
5.The Miracle Of Love5:07
6.Let's Go!4:12
7.Take Your Pain Away4:36
8.A Little Of You3:55
9.In This Town3:43
10.I Remember You5:02


The music of the Eurythmics never much appealed to me, it's the kinda stuff that sounds OK on the radio, but not so good on a home stereo.

The production on Revenge is seemingly geared to radio play, what with the percussion on all the tracks well to the fore, and - even though the band is British - that's not actually apparent from the music at all. In fact, the drums being so forward in the mix helps lend the album that rather anonymous American FM 'big' rock sound, indicating it was deliberately targeted for US radioplay.

And that seems even more likely once it's taken onboard that the drummer here is Clem Burke, formerly of US popband and New Wave poseurs Blondie. And with the Eurythmics very deliberately cultivating a media profile not a million miles removed from Blondie, what with being fronted by a pretty bottle blonde with a dash of post-punk 'attitude' - that, combined with the big FM radio sound - well, the Eurythmics start to look like little more than a manufactured 'progression' on the original Blondie formula.

Musically, whilst the songwriting here is OK, and the lyrical themes tie in well with the album title Revenge, the melodies really aren't strong enough to warrant the typical playing times, clocking in at around 4½ to 5 minutes per track, such that listening to them finds every song drawn-out and dragging it's feet. It's the sort of music that gave the 1980s a bad name.

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by Reviewer: bluemoon

After developing a mainstream rock/pop sound for Be Yourself Tonight, Eurythmics decided to play it safe and go for an even more mainstream sound, only this time with pop only, and - although the album charted - the result is undeniably a disappointment compared to earlier releases.

It all sounds very professional, and Annie Lennox's voice has never been better. Indeed, the first half of the album is decent, containing some fine tracks, such as "Missionary Man" (although I've never been able to understand what it's actually about), "Thorn In My Side", and - to a lesser degree - "When Tomorrow Comes". It's also nice to hear Dave Stewart throw in his own vocals for "The Last Time" and the ballad "The Miracle of Love".

But the material becomes rudimentary on the second half, starting with the lifeless (and lyrically stupid) "Let's Go!". So Revenge ends up simply going through the motions, with just sparks of inspiration here and there, with some songs starting promisingly, before being let down by dull choruses.

Even when taking the first half of the album onboard, it still doesn't represent Eurythmics at their best. It's well played, it's well produced, it's listenable, but it's also quite simply not very interesting, making it a far cry from the mysterious, atmospheric, and inventive pop they'd released earlier in their career.

It certainly can't touch Touch.

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by Reviewer: The Doctor