Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by Eurythmics

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Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by Eurythmics
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by Eurythmics

Album Released: 1983

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1.Love Is A Stranger3:43
2.I've Got An Angel2:45
3.Wrap It Up3:33
4.I Could Give You (A Mirror)3:51
5.The Walk4:40
6.Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)3:36
8.This Is The House4:56
9.Somebody Told Me3:29
10.The City Never Sleeps6:20


Despite In the Garden being a fantastic record, Eurythmics must've worried they'd eventually suffer the same fate as their old band The Tourists if they kept going like that. So they changed gears and made a trendy, entirely synth-based album.

My best guess is they were aiming to create a more commercially viable version of Kraftwerk's The Man-Machine. What tips me off is the lead single “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”, which sounds like a more evolved version of “The Model”. And the slower songs, like the brooding “This City Never Sleeps” and “Jennifer”, carry a distinctly Kraftwerk vibe too.

“Sweet Dreams” would be the song that catapulted these guys to international superstardom. It was also one of the earliest highly successful synth-pop singles, that demonstrated the style would be here to stay. It's a great song too, the hooks are potent, and Lennox's soaring powerful vocals fit its pensive mood perfectly. The thing that convinces me the song is a masterpiece though, is the brief refrain in which Lennox starts to chant Keep your head up, moving on, a section not only addictive in its own right, it also provides a needed break from what might otherwise be too much of a repetitive/robot groove.

I pretty much like all these songs, but one of the finest is the opening “Love is a Stranger", which is so catchy I'm hooked. I also particularly enjoy their highly energetic synth-pop reinvention of the Isaac Hayes-penned “Wrap it Up”.

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

Eurythmics' second album found them achieving success as they adopted the by then very popular synth/pop genre, and the result is quite a captivating listen which is mysterious, moody, bouncy, eerie and brooding.

Annie Lennox's powerful voice seems to be everywhere amongst the flying synthesizers (she was without doubt one of the best vocalists of the 80's), and that combination helps give every song at least something to hang one's ear on - there simply aren't any duds, although I would hesitate to name any as supreme classics.

The title song remains one of the duo's most popular, and it's certainly decent, although I prefer its similarly-sounding stable mate that was to come, "Here Comes the Rain Again", while the other hit from this record, "Love Is a Stranger", which opens the set, is both anguished (for anyone who has suffered at the hands of love) and free.

Elsewhere, the Isaac Hayes-penned "Wrap It Up", with Green Gartside joining in on vocals, offers a bright bit of pep (and betters anything Gartside was doing around the same time with Scritti Politti), while two songs - "The Walk" and "This Is the House" - have touches of brass that helps make them two of my favourite tracks.

The last song, "This City Never Sleeps", closes the album in an almost dream-like atmosphere, with its calm rhythm, Lennox's voice coming in from all angles, and Dave Stewart's electro work zapping this way and that throughout.

Eurythmics were to bring out Touch later in 1983, and it is similar, although I think better, before they started to lose their distinctive sound somewhat, but Sweet Dreams, while hardly a perfect album, remains a grabbing and captivating listen.

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