After four albums of eerie, moody synth/pop, Eurythmics decided to rock, and the result was their most successful album, making them huge in the mid-80s.
And they certainly do it well. On the first half of Be Yourself Tonight
, "Would I Lie To You?" and the women's lib duet with Aretha Franklin - "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" - both blast through the speakers with unbridled confidence, while the milder "There Must Be An Angel" is lovely and pretty, with Annie Lennox's vocals never sounding better.
I still prefer the duo's synth leanings though, and that's more apparent on the album's second half, with the charming "Adrian" a highlight, helped by the vocals of Elvis Costello, which is curious, since his voice is hardly a thing of beauty, yet is quite lilting on that track. And "It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)" brings back just a touch of the mystery, although it's far from being their best work.
The album's highlight is the concluding "Better to Have Lost in Love", a track that blends rock and haunting pop into a smooth, delicate mixture that's quite divine, even though from personal experience I don't agree with the lyrics' sentiments.
Be Yourself Tonight
is certainly an impressive album, and yet when I think of the best of Eurythmics' work, my mind prefers to linger on the likes of "Here Comes the Rain Again". That period of their career just does more for me. Rated:
by Reviewer: The Doctor