Saturday, 24 November 2018

Eurythmics - Revenge (1986)

When tomorrow comes....


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.


1. Missionary Man
2. Thorn In My Side
3. When Tomorrow Comes
4. The Last Time
5. The Miracle Of Love
6. Let's Go
7. Take Your Pain Away
8. A Little Of You
9. In This Town
10. I Remember You                    

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 Annie 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.


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