Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (1983)
It only took me until review #7/1001 to reveal my affinity for Annie Lennox.
What can I say, ever since Walkin’ On Broken Glass appeared on the Coca-Cola Countdown, I’ve been a fan!
Which made me a long-time fan, first-time complete album listener for this review; I suppose to be fair, she’s only one half of Eurythmics (Instrumentalist/Producer David A. Stewart rounds out the duo).
Incidentally, the 80s were golden years for the musical duo format: a big decade for groups like Hall & Oates, The Proclaimers, and the (ever-enthusiastically named) Wham!. Thanks in part to the inclusion of their music in movies like She’s Out of My League, I’ve been especially pleased with the resurgence of Hall & Oates in recent years. I’m not quite as thrilled however with the lack of H&O on the 1001!
The 80s duo format doesn’t get completely shut out though as the 1001 list does include three Pet Shop Boys records, one by Tears For Fears, and of course, this breakthrough Eurythmics album.
How is it? Probably just as you might expect.
No individual track is dramatically better or worse than the others and the running order is well sequenced. It is most effective as a side one/side two release; Sweet Dreams (the song) really ought to be a side opener, rather than merely a mid-album track.
The good news for Jennifers of the world/parents with Jennifer as a prospective baby name? The song Jennifer here is a good one, albeit quite sad, but at least the name shouldn’t be inextricably linked to the song (a la Roxanne). Special thanks to my sister, a Jennifer and a fan of deep voiced female singers like Tracy Chapman, who was instrumental in getting me to listen to gals like Annie (instead of just boys with guitars) back in the day!
If you’re into 80s synthpop, you’ve come to the right place.
If you were expecting the album to sound like Marilyn Manson’s cover of the title track, what were you thinking?!
I’d say overall, the success of this record has a lot in common with the success of co-ed ultimate frisbee teams: it’s the girls that make the difference.
And Eurythmics had a lovely low-voiced lady leading the way.