In the Garden by Eurythmics

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In the Garden by Eurythmics
In the Garden by Eurythmics

Album Released: 1981

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1.English Summer4:02
2.Belinda3:58
3.Take Me To Your Heart3:35
4.She's Invisible Now3:30
5.Your Time Will Come4:34
6.Caveman Head3:59
7.Never Gonna Cry Again3:05
8.All The Young (People Of Today)4:14
9.Sing-Sing4:05
10.Revenge4:31

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Eurythmics were a duo consisting of lead singer Annie Lennox and guitarist Dave Stewart, both of whom had splintered from a defunct band called The Tourists.

This their debut as Eurythmics was closer to a Tourists album, and consequently quite unlike any of the albums they'd become most known for. For starters, not only are there no hits on here, but there's nothing here that could've obviously been a hit.

In the Garden is an art-pop album, as druggy as early Roxy Music, but mellower. Iconic lead singer Annie Lennox, better-known for belting out songs, coos through much of this album rather sweetly and quietly.

The Eurythmics might have come up with a crazy amount of pop-radio hits in the 1980's, but this album demonstrates they were artists first and foremost. It's also my favorite album of theirs by a long shot, and although I expect the vast majority of people would disagree with that, I wholeheartedly love everything on this.

The opener “English Summer” is mesmerizing with its cool watery guitars, and some really fantastic bass. That's followed by the infectious and danceable “Belinda”, and later on there's the unbalanced though fascinating groove of “Sing-Sing” and then “Revenge” - surely one of the major highlights - a brilliantly druggy/hazy thing with potent vocal hooks, an intoxicating jumpy bassline, and some brilliant space-age guitar and synthesizer effects.

I've owned this gem for a number of years and have gotten plenty of mileage out of it. I expect to get plenty more.

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by Reviewer: Don Ignacio (blogging at Don Ignacio's Album Reviews)


For In the Garden, we're journeying back to the duo's pre-hit era. On the sleeve, Annie Lennox looks really cool and David Bowie influenced. Dave Stewart has facial hair. And so it would continue for them, I like to think.

Looking at the catalogues of a lot of the 80's megasellers, there's some surprisingly edgy and energetic New Wave albums that often have a lot going for them, and In the Garden in is just such a vein. No hits to speak of, that would come for Eurythmics later on, just really cool-sounding synth music and - occasionally - rather strange guitars too.

Album opener "English Summer" has cool bass sounds, mellow synths, and a dreamy, soft Lennox vocal quite at odds with her later 'belting it out' voice. And she continues with a mellow dream-pop vocal style throughout much of the album.

Ever heard "Belinda"? Well, you should. It sounds - how can I put this - indie/alternative? Eurythmics as an indie band? Well, in 1981 they were sort of indie. "Belinda" is a great tune, and the guitars remind me of something I can't quite put my finger on - I'm thinking of a punk act - nope, it escapes me. It sounds excellent though, and it's my pick of the pops as far as In the Garden is concerned.

As for influences, I hear snippets of Kraftwerk and Eno-era Roxy Music, alongside the coldness of late-70's Bowie - there's possibly German lyrics in "Sing-Sing". Whatever, the bassline is funky and early-80's modern-sounding, slightly dubby without being annoying.

Plenty of music fans would never dream of investigating In the Garden, perhaps put off by the Eurythmics' later image. I remember a Record Collector feature about the Eurythmics, and that's what pricked up my interest, they're good the folks at Record Collector.

"Caveman Head" rounds out the highlights then - a stomping, energetic, nervy thing, all hands and arms tight and tense, waving erratically and quite madly in front of you. As for bad songs - why, there are none, though the mood of the album can get a little suffocating at times. Otherwise though, I'm really quite impressed by In the Garden. So it seems I like a Dave Stewart record ... arghh!

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by Reviewer: Adrian Denning (blogging at Adrian's Album Reviews)


After being part of the brief band The Tourists, with whom they had a hit with Dusty Springfield's "I Only Want To Be With You" (which was rather unnecessary, since The Bay City Rollers had had success with the same song not much earlier), Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart formed the Eurythmics, one of the most successful pop acts of the 80's.

One of their greatest attributes was Lennox’s wonderful voice, which could be powerful and mysterious at the same time, and while it is generally quiet here, this debut album, which was only released in their native Britain and was not successful, is surprisingly very good.

More guitar-led than what would soon come, although still with synth leanings, In the Garden is eerie and atmospheric, but with pounding drums and a strange vibrance as well, and every song has something to recommend it, no more so than the wonderful “Belinda” (probably the most guitar-dominated of the collection), but the likes of “She’s Invisible Now” and, in particular, "Caveman Head", also hold an almost spooky quality that is captivating.

While the songs here might not be particularly memorable masterpieces on first listen, and they don't quite hold up right to the end (the concluding track "Revenge" isn't bad, but doesn't work as well as what has gone before), overall they come together to form a worthwhile experience, showing plenty of promise which was soon to be fulfilled.

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by Reviewer: The Doctor