Saturday, 24 November 2018

Eurythmics - Revenge (1986)


  

Released November 1986

Leaving behind quite a bit of their electronic and synth-pop sounds, Eurythmics produced their most "rock" album thus far. It is packed full of pounding "proper" drums, multiple guitars and some killer rock hooks/riffs and Annie Lennox's voice in full strident mode throughout. Eurythmics could do no wrong, commercially, in 1986.

It is a procession of one great track after another, from the bluesy, harmonica tones of the muscular opener, "Missionary Man", you realise this is a slightly different Eurythmics sound. Personally, It is my favourite album of theirs. "Thorn In My Side" is a marvellous, catchy hit single with an irresistible vocal refrain and some great saxophone. "When Tomorrow Comes" is a superb, riffy guitar-driven rocker while "The Last Time" is also incredibly "hooky" and easy to singalong to. "The Miracle of Love" slows things down somewhat, but it is evocative and haunting with a smoky-voiced vocal from Lennox. It is another superb track from a band at the height of the creative powers (and popularity).

The Yazoo-like "Let's Go" sees a return to electronic riffage, but is is another copper-bottomed, instantly appealing number, with some infectious saxophone and bass rhythms. Again, Lennox's voice is towering. Despite the nods to electronica, there are many rock cadences in this track, particularly in the chorus and the blues harp in the background. "Take Your Pain Away" is another likeable, upbeat number, while "A Little Of You" wasn't a single but as soon as you hear it, it sounds like a huge singalong hit.

"In This Town" continues the quality, with a synthy rocker that still packs a full rock punch. "I Remember You" is a slow-tempo, atmospheric slow burner to finish this excellent album that contains not a duff track on it. Best album they did.

B+

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