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. Rated:
by Reviewer: The Doctor