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. Rated:
by Reviewer: The Doctor