Eurythmics' third album, and their second of 1983, remains their best of all.
To a degree, it carries on with the moody eeriness of their previous release, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),
but with more conventional tracks as well, most notably "Who's That Girl?" and the bright and breezy calypso-flavoured "Right By Your Side", where Annie and Dave really show they're not just adept at techno/pop.
But the experimental moodiness is where the duo continues to shine, starting with the classic string-laden "Here Comes the Rain Again", which is kind of a retread of the song "Sweet Dreams", only better, while "Cool Blue" and "The First Cut" also cut it with their swaggering (in the case of the former) and bouncy (the latter) styles.
But the best for me is "No Fear, No Hate, No Pain (No Broken Hearts)", with its melodramatic verses making way for the chanted chorus to result in a memorable track that never fails to grab.
As before, through it all Annie Lennox's voice dominates, whether she's singing, crooning, crying, or even breathing. But she is more than amply supported by the variety of keyboards, guitars, booming drum beats, brass and strings. Really, the Eurythmics show just how to bring such different worlds together with a sure hand.
is not quite a classic, but it remains an album of high quality, one they were never able to match again, despite having much more success as the 80's progressed. Rated:
by Reviewer: The Doctor