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Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

Eurythmics

1983

Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

Album Summary

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) is the second studio album by British pop duo Eurythmics, released on 4 January 1983 by RCA Records.

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3.18

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4709

Genres

  • Rock
  • Pop
  • New Wave
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Sweet dreams the song is a timeless classic, the rest of the album is not, it drags a lot and the spanish song is just shameful

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The album has some good moments, but the vibe is somehow not quite right. With synth as the key instrument, it takes some magic to make music that sounds human. Hopefully, there will be examples of European new wave on this list too!

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Ace, early 80s synth-pop and dance. Always enjoyed this LP. Jennifer is haunting and great. The singles are rightly smash hits. Awesome album.

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5

I would go as far as a title it the music that defined the 80s and was ahead of its time at the same time, and that's even without taking "Sweet Dreams" song

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Vocals and electronic music makes this one a classic.

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In 11th grade my video production teacher gave me the keys to his Mercedes to run an errand and this album was in the CD player. Shout out to Mr. Fix, the coolest teacher.

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“Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by Eurythmics (1983) Even if we set aside the popularity of the title track, this album stands on its own as a fine musical production. It’s best heard from start to finish, noting the fittingness of the attention-grabbing opening track (“Love Is a Stranger”), the LP-flipping start of side two (“Sweet Dreams”), and the wistful goodbye of the closing track (“This City Never Sleeps”). The cohesion is in the sound. It’s wonderfully constructed. Annie Lennox is a first rate lyricist, presenting intriguing and unsubtle metaphors that bring the listener to well considered conclusions. She knows not to overwork the images. An example is the didactic line (in “Sweet Dreams”) “Everybody's lookin' for something”, followed by a compelling explanatory quatrain that sounds like it burst into her consciousness after a fresh reading of Aristotle’s Categories: Some of them want to use you Some of them want to get used by you Some of them want to abuse you Some of them want to be abused As a progressively potent breakdown of the relationship between universal desires and the listener’s role in their fulfillment, that about covers it. But what questions remain! What feelings haunt! The grooves are dominated by synthetic bass lines that drive from the basement and provide a (usually dark) background for freshly gathered sonic bouquets. Dave Stewart is a masterful composer/producer. Lennox has a fine voice, with exceptional contralto range that is notably powerful on the low end. And while dubbing melodies in three octaves (“The Walk”), she still has room for soaring descants. Freddie Mercury comes to mind. Choral directors salivate. This album is proof positive that synth and pop can be excellent music. 4/5 (almost a 5)

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Very nice. We grew up with hits from Eurythmics and Annie Lennox, especially "Sweet Dreams." I always enjoy '80s new wave, but it took me a few tracks to really get into this. The production is really solid, and Annie Lennox's vocals are always nice, but overall it wasn't as explosive as I expected. Maybe just because the hits like "Sweet Dreams" and "Here Comes the Rain Again" feel so big that some of these songs feel meek in comparison. But it's still a good project. Also, "Jennifer" sounds like a precursor to "Goodbye Horses" by Q Lazarus. That’s more than okay with me. Favorite tracks: Sweet Dreams, Jennifer, The Walk. Album art: I really like the different font choices, and the geometric shapes, but the picture in the middle is just way too small. It's comically large framing. 3.5/5

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I don't have that many thoughts about this. There isn't anything that really sticks out to me as memorable (outside of sweet dreams but i think that's just because it's famous) but I don't think that it's doing anything particularly bad either. Middle of the road for me. 2.5/5

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Each song feels like 30 seconds worth of material stretched to 3 minutes. Also, ever song except sweet dreams is musically boring, besides.

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Easy Listening in my opinion. I enjoyed this album while I was working

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Sim

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5

Childhood favourite - incredible

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5

Ahhh! Gotta love the Eurythmics. Such great music and an unbelievable voice!

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LOVE LOVE LOVE! Big fan of the Eurythmics and enjoyed the album.

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So cool, so good

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5

grew up with these tunes

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Fun and synthy - I like how versatile her voice is

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Belta

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Classic

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5

Es un must. Love Is A Stranger , Jennifer, Satellite of Love

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ну кароче мне зашло, даже чуть больше чем давид бови. Звучит разнообразненько, звук приятный

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5

Cracking bit of synth-pop, good, catchy tunes start to finish.

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Classic. Great music to zone out and drive to

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Es un must. Love Is A Stranger , Jennifer, Satellite of Love

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5

Incredible. I have tons of nostalgia for this album and Eurythmics in general, and this album absolutely delivers

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5

Great album , timeless!

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An old favourite that I used to enjoy dancing to with my sister when I was a child.

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Amazing

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5

One of the best of the 80’s…loved this ..really forgot how much I appreciated this album….dancing the night away..good music….back in the day

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5

Sweet album, actually forgot to do this cause listening to that. Club movie

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I deeply, madly love The Eurythmics and I feel they are severely underrated. To me they are THE sound of the 80s. One of my first real musical memories is being in my Mom's Honda Civic, hearing "Sweet Dreams" come on the radio, and being completely hypnotized by it. I can even remember the street we were on. As dark as this album tends to be, I associate it very strongly with my childhood. It is definitely where my fascination with electronic music began. I have always admired the way The Eurythmics combine cold, dark electronics with warm and soulful elements - Annie Lennox's incredible, shape-shifting voice being the warmest and most soulful element of all. It's an approach that seems like it would be easy to replicate but honestly I don't know if I've ever heard it better than on this album.

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geðveik

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Wow, I loved this. I only knew the title track. This album reminded me a lot of Lady GaGa and I'm here for it.

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I still enjoy the ginormous hit and title cut off this LP, but I’ve also heard it so many times that I now tend to take its initial shock appeal for granted. It was helpful to revisit the song in the overall context of this excellent album. The lyrics, first of all, are haunting: ‘Everybody’s lookin’ for something. Some of them want to use you.’ Uh oh, my guard is up. ‘Some of them want to get used by you.’ Hmm, things are beginning to get a little weird. ‘Some of them want to abuse you.’ OK, now I’m downright uncomfortable. ‘Some of them want to be abused.’ Oh, my. If you just slowly read those five sentences, with the words emphasized in their proper places, it ought to make the hairs on your arms rise. Just as you’re trying to shake that off, Dave Stewart then gets his sulky rich synth hooks into you, and now you’re in his grasp. Until Annie Lennox reasserts herself to conclude the number with a powerful lead vocal melody, terrific backup harmonies, and even a surprising descant. The thing is, though, that’s just one great song dwelling within the company of others even greater. The LP opens strong with ‘Love Is a Stanger,’ ‘in an open car to tempt you in and drive you far away… Love is a danger of a different kind. To take you away and leave you far behind.’ Compelling lyrics, delivered with precise vocal harmonies, and accentuated with echoes and other effects. Dave is adept at these studio techniques throughout. It’s an agreeable pairing, these two. The next two songs feature a Latin infused electronica, ‘I’ve Got an Angel,’ followed by ‘Wrap It Up,’ an Isaac Hayes and David Porter composition, but I remember hearing it first from the 1960s soul duo Sam and Dave. (Three years following the Eurythmics, blues band The Fabulous Thunderbirds would also score a big hit from their cover.) The Eurythmics’ take finds Annie channeling the likes of Aretha Franklin, but again through the musical filter of purely synthesized accompaniments. The effect is rather interesting, too. It might immediately come across as somewhat dispassionate, but a deeper, longer listen will begin to reveal its soulfulness of a different breed. It’s an authentic union of modern electronic dance music with old school soul and R&B. But the birth is not a combination, where both are heard equally; rather, they mingle and mix together to create a whole new, third, creation: like yeast reacting to barley malt and yielding beer. Sweet Dreams is probably better accompanied with a very dry martini, but you get what I’m sayin’. By the time I was five songs in (still before the hit ‘Sweet Dreams’), I knew the album was both growing and growing on me. ‘The Walk’ is artfully arranged, and the dual play between Annie’s melodic, assertive femininity to Dave’s baritone background is tasty. ‘Jennifer,’ though (the song following ‘Sweet Dreams’), was this album’s real triumph. With the background sounds of an ocean breaking at midnight, the lyrics concern a girl/woman who is lost, and eventually found underneath the water. The music is perfect for this mystery. Are we talking murder here, or some kind of tragic accident? Tell me she didn’t take her own life? Questions unanswered that left me pondering hours later. Dave’s sparse, pounding synth beat is dynamically unsettling, then finishes with a high register synth solo effected by a strange buzz tone that sounds fiendish. By now, the last three songs were more than a confirmation of this LP’s ability to fire on all cylinders: ‘This Is the House,’ with Annie’s harmonies arranged and performed with creative brilliance, ‘Somebody Told Me,’ with a funky robotic ‘oh well’ refrain that builds in intensity along with the singer’s shock and mounting anger, and the conclusion, ‘This City Never Sleeps,’ with its successful transportation of the listener into the shared space of an overcrowded apartment in the inner city, and traveling among the desperate and poor in the ‘underground trains.’ The outro gradually stretched out to infinity, and when it faded, unresolved, I was yearning for more, but with a personal experience to reflect upon. Sweat Dreams accomplishes something that occurs, thankfully, from time to time in pop music- carving out a bit of a new path and inviting the rest of us to hop in for a little off-roading thrill ride.

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Maravilhoso!

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Great album.

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5

After listening to their debut effort I wasn't holding out much hope. I love Annie's voice (weapon) but found it had that repetitive dullness that colours so much euro-electronic stuff (that definitely includes the humdrum that is Bowie's Berlin trilogy). But they got their groove going in this one, retaining the experimental edge while truly displaying their rhythmic, melodic pop sensibility. Songs like Somebody Told Me have that hypnotic quality while being fun.

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Love the rythm and the instruments !

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I've been listening to this album for years now and it's always such a joy. Everyone knows Sweet Dreams, but there is a lot of other really great stuff on here (Jennifer, This is the House, Love is A Stranger). Really pure 80s perfection here.

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The ethereal beauty of Annie Lennoxs voice never ceases from taking my breath away every time.

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5

Better than expected. For once the title track isn't the best jam!

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Classic electro 80s sound

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5

Bangers all round , fantastic

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Wrap it up is so strange and I like it a lot. Fuck yeah. I was dancing down the street to Sweet Dreams. I really never got sick of this. It’s weird. It’s dancy. Good for them.

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Milestone... !

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cool

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11/19 Great Synth-Pop album. Standout Tracks: Love Is A Stranger, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Jennifer, This Is The House, This City Never Sleeps

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Fun

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Love them. .

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Loads of cool stuff here but the title track is so immense

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Solider 80er-Sound, Satellite of Love ist gut

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Enjoyed it a lot more than I thought. I like some of the weirdness of it, it's a unique album

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An old favourite, straight from the 80's. Intelligent pop. Annie Lennox voice is always incredible.

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Quintessential 80’s

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better than i expected. very listenable. nice word joe.

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Unapologetically 80s. So many great tracks on this with some concept/wacky stuff that holds up

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I don't like the song Sweet Dreams so I was shocked that I love the rest of the music on this album!

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4

A classic album with a couple songs I already own. Fun to listen to the whole thing.

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A very good classic. Sweet Dreams just blows me away every time

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Oh well, this is pure nostalgia for me! I basically grew up with this kind of music, being driven through foreign countries on the backseat, listening to this for hours on end because no one would switch the CD. I don't think I'd like it very much, if I listened to this today for the first time, so this review might be skewed by my past, but then again, the perception of music is always subjective. And what could be better than to remember the carefree times during childhood just by listening to a song?

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The titular song is the best, not super fussed otherwise

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Would give 5 if only some of the other songs than Sweet Dreams where as good buy, Sweet Dreams in it of itself carries the whole album, anyways it was very synth pop heavy, as expected

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Gran álbum desconocía por completo de quien era la canción, pero sweet dreams es el soundtrack de posiblemente una de mis escenas favoritas de los x-mens cuando quicksilver rescata a toda la banda.. Animoooo miercolitos ombliguito de semana

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I liked this ones! The first two songs I wasn't enjoying as much, but the more it got into the album the more fun I had listening to it.

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All good songs

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Very 80s! Lots of energy and synth sounds.

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Like their work.... a few songs I liked a lot but others I didn’t recognize .....seems to be filler for the LP....

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ooh don't mind if I do

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solid sound on classic album.

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Cleaned my car to this album was pretty groovy

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Great bops, endlessly catchy, sounds futuristic and retro at the same time

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The songs are fun and great head-boppers, but they don't build up to/don't stand up to the highs of the album, which they need to if the album is going to come together as a whole. It sometimes feels like the other songs are just filler for the killer hit of "Sweet Dreams," or the less killer but still really good "Love is a Stranger." That's not to say they're bad, just secondary.

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Najs!!

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Such a complete album.

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supercatchy 80s pop music. music to vogue to

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4/5. Surprised that I enjoyed this as much as I did. Standouts: Sweet Dreams, Love is a Stranger, Jennifer, This is the House, Somebody Told Me. I also enjoyed some of the bonus tracks.

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Aah, eighties nostalgia. Great opening song. Great titelsong. Some of the other songs are also okay.

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I knew of this band before but only really knew one song. The Sweet Dreams song is enough to carry the entire album.

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This is a pretty good techy sounding album. Obviously the popular song for which the album takes its namesake but it has a number of other good ones. 7/10.

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There are some really interesting electronic soundscapes on this album, which I was not expecting going in. Still, it was a bit low energy for my taste and many of the songs were just alright. 7/10

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7/10. Considered an 8/10, but not feeling generous today. Fun and synthy, short and sweet, would relisten to because most of the songs were solid enough and the opening and title tracks were quite good.

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I can imagine this being spun in an underground nightclub filled with typical 80s dancing young adults. I like that, though.

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Great band. Leave a couple of songs sounding in our minds.

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Very good.

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Liked it more than I anticipated and it got better as I kept listening. It didn't turn me onto synth pop as an entire genre but I enjoyed this album. Favourite songs: sweet dreams (of course), Jennifer, This is the house, somebody told me

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fun album, very electronic feel, i think they were pioneers? dunno. enjoyed it though.

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Refreshing and weird

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This is a really good album. Lots beyond Sweet Dreams, though that's a classic. It's 80s but doesn't sound dated. It's a keeper 4 🌟

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Nice sound with an all timer of a song on the album

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Big step forward from Kraftwerk!

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New waviest of the new wave.

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Done

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Great to hear this all the way through. Some surprises along the way. Interesting how Sweet Dreams REALLY stands out among the album

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80s synth pop album that still sounds amazing in 2022.

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The eighties were a very, very strange period for music. In only a very few years whole paradigms were turned upside down, and this under a twofold influence: technology and business. Overreliance on the first and obsession about the second created overall aesthetics and atmospheres so representative of that period that, apart from the sixties, no other decade can boast being so instantly recognizable on the merits of its *sounds* alone. And this for better or for worse. During those early eighties, just as Eurythmics was conquering charts worldwide, it's for instance worth noting that even someone like Neil Young was busy using synths and vocoders (see the much maligned and frankly misunderstood *Trans*), and this mere anecdotal footnote here speaks volumes. The times they had-a *really* changed in those years. But probably not in the ways good ol' Bob had expected.  Contrary to Neil Young, Eurythmics were typically "eighties" from the get-go, and that's a *huge* difference between the two, of course (one among many). By the time of their second album *Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)*, the duo had indeed fully embraced the schlock, glossy world of fatty synth bass lines and other electronic-driven pulses and would never fully depart from it, even during the nineties. But *there* was also a peculiar twist, a paradox of sorts, because Eurythmics had actually only embraced the clichés of their day and age so as to better reinvent songwriting tropes from far earlier periods, namely the ones of the good old rhythm 'n blues of days yonder. At least, that was the plan. To counterbalance the increasing power of the machines, the solution Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart found out was to inject *soul* into the 'popular mechanics" of their time, even though such "soul" could turn up being totally unrecognizable in those brand new, icy whereabouts. When replicants in *Blade Runner* claim they have their own 'souls', and that they are therefore as 'human' as you and me, there's more than a few eyebrows raised in response. It's the sort of eyebrows that Lennox and Stewart's band are still raising today, especially now that the eighties are far off into the rearview mirror.  They were certainly not the only ones to step on that tightrope line in those days. In the U.K. dance scene, Soft Cell's legendary cover of "Tainted Love" had used the same mash-up of electronics and African-American, tried-and-true, melodic lines. But Eurythmics's version of that formula was a whole other level of complexity. Annie Lennox's diaphanous timbre and androgynous presence were not just masks or disguises in plain sight, only *pretending* to hide the obvious rhythm'n' blues influences of her voice inflexions. They were also an ambiguous statement about cultural appropriation and simulacrum. Music once considered "warm" or even "hot" was turning into its own *cold* self-conscious copy. It was *whitened*, in all senses of the word. And it seems audiences just took a lot of pleasure out of this without asking too many questions. In a way, Lennox's almost superhuman abilities on a technical point of view, like when she adlibs soulful pleas and performs other risky voice tremolos, only reinforces that initial ambiguity between (wo)man and machine. What do we have here? A genuine soul singer with flesh and bone? Or a robot only pretending to be one? Do androids dream of cybernetic Aretha Franklins? Not even Philip K. Dick or William Gibson had answered those queries before... Let's just address the electric elephant in the room, once and for all. As overplayed as it is, "Sweet Dreams"--that bouncy title track everyone has hummed under the shower at least once--still sounds superb today. But the apparent simplicity of that hit belies the fact that the song is first and foremost the epitome of the paradoxes spotted up there. And that at its core, it's part of that "Tainted Love" tradition of expressing doubt or heartbreak in such a lively manner (while not plagiarizing the full on minor-key vocal line of the old Gloria Jones hit, there's definitely a similarity in its "Sweet Dreams" equivalent). So if f the track works so well, it's because of those rhythm 'n blues influences first, as is the case in most of the less famous cuts in the album. The great synths sounds, drum-machines, and overall "programming" are just cream on the cake. Excellent cream, but cream nonetheless. The only problem with this track and its place on the album is that it is like a large tree hiding a whole forest. Indeed, if Eurythmics's second effort still holds up relatively well decades after it was released, it's for one reason only: the songwriting. Strip *The Walk* of all its trimmings, for example, electronic or otherwise--yes, even the horn section and that mellifluous trumpet solo at the end--and what you have here is basically a good PJ Harvey song circa *Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea*. Just imagine a different "rock" instrumentation on its verses, and the ressemblance is simply striking. Likewise (but conversely in a chronological point of view), final track "This City Never Sleeps" is nothing but a barely-veiled homage to Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues", with its hypnotic bassline supporting lyrical snapshots of urban melancholy and destitution. What links those two very different reference points (PJ Harvey and Marvin Gaye) is inspiration from the blues and nothing else. And it's an inspiration that a synth-driven act like Depeche Mode will use only quite a few years later compared to Eurythmics. So they knew what they were doing here. Other strands of black music run throughout the course of the album. The use of echoes and reverb in "I've Got An Angel" is drawing its inspiration from dub, and it's a move that feels like a weird, off-kilter way to explore the same paths Massive Attack would step on fifteen years later, musing about other sorts of 'angels'. And in "Somebody Told Me", Lennox even... raps (!), and the outcome of this experimentation is definitely not as ridiculoius as it may sound on paper. Add other decent tracks like that, plus a fantastic Kraftwerk-like, minimalistic opener ("Love Is A Stranger"), and the whole proposition holds the proverbial water like no other Eurythmics record. Speaking of water, don't miss that mesmerizing dark reverie about a drowned girl veering towards This Mortal Coil's goth territory. The girl is named "Jennifer", but she could as well have been named 'Ophelia'. There are only two duds in the album: first another Kraftwerk-inspired track, a cyberpunk cover of Sam And Dave's "Wrap It Up", which might read like an interesting or even daring idea on paper, except that it's not when you're hearing the final clunky results. And there's also "This Is The House", which sounds like a reject from The Talking Heads post-*Remain In Light*. it actually says a lot about the 'Heads that the line between success and failure when it comes to such "white funk" forays is so... thin. But the study of this thin line will surely come in its own time... The point is that if a band like the Talking Heads is enjoying such a raving critical status today, I don't see why another act like Eurythmics couldn't be redeemed as well, at least partly. So the *ideas* behind those failed experiments in the album might have been worth it and you can't blame the band for trying a little too hard. Unfortunately, they are the sorts of ideas that will increasingly come to Lennox and Stewart's minds after *Sweet Dreams...", and there again, the execution will produce many mixed results, actually far more than on this second LP. There will always be a couple of great, catchy tracks and singles to redeem those failures, but nothing that will *wholly* save any of the subsequent records. Replicants always have an expiration date, and for some non-fans, 1983 was maybe the date Eurythmics should have been "retired" by a disgruntled Rick Deckard policing good music out there. Given that it's the exact same year our endearing Roy and Pris of eighties pop broke out with *Sweet Dreams...* (and also *Touch*, released the same year), it seems that, creatively speaking at least, 'replicants' appear to have an even shorter life in reality than the ones they are enjoying in Sci-Fi flicks. You just can't always 'replicate' souls, Annie and Dave, you need to have ones of your own, too. Skills, influence or production values won't necessarily give you one. There are things that all the money in the world can't buy, even during the eighties.

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Relevant as used to see Dave Stewart a lot in Harringay Arms in Crouch End neighbours want to shut due to noise (the NIMBY morons). It's a great breakthrough album, little filler and Annie Lennox's voice is iconic

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4

A great album for all synth pop and 80s fans. The couple middle tracks are the best, but the beginning and end is somewhat lackluster

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4

Love, love love this - I am a big Eurythmics fan though, so always was going to rate high.

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4

Title track still a banger despite being overplayed, rest of album nice if not incredible - 3.8

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The title track is so strong, it makes it hard for the rest of the album to live up to that massive legacy. I was a little disappointed with the first half but it picked up on the flip side. But just to say it again - the song Sweet Dreams is one of the best songs ever made.

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4.5

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I didn't know much about this album except for the singles going in to this. The two hits ("Love is a Stranger" and "Sweet Dreams") are great tracks and I love the mix of Annie's voice and Dave Stewart's synth work. I was pleasantly surprised by the rest of the album. "I've got an Angel", "Jennifer" and "This City Never Sleeps" being the standout tracks for me. Looking forward to listening to more of their 80s music.

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Mildly dark, strange, almost goofy. Hitting me just right today.

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A great 80's sound that didn't sound too "techno" or "alternative". Great singing and songwriting. This album has aged really well. "Love Is A Stranger" and "I Could Give You" are the standouts.

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Decent. New direction musically, and you won't be able to find fault with either the performance or the production. I find it doesn't capture me though. Am I humming Sweet Dreams today? Nope.

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A pretty decent record. I like Annie Lennox's vocals a ton, so that swayed my vote a little bit. Some songs I could do without (This Is The House, I'm looking at you) but overall I enjoyed this. This is a 3.5 for me but gets pushed to a 4. Favorites: I Could Give You (A Mirror), Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Jennifer

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Synthesizers, yeahhhh. Maybe a Gen X thing, but the video-gamey sounds in 'Love is a Stranger' and 'I Could Give You' are THE BEST. The subway noises in 'This City Never Sleeps' are very pleasing. I always loved the single Sweet Dreams and I'm glad it fits into the rest of the album well. Love Lennox's voice, especially when she does her own backing vocal.

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This is a great example of how you properly make an electronic album with quality songwriting, melodies, and interesting progressions, and not just mindless beats like the 90s contemporaries on this list. I particularly enjoyed the haunting use of minor scale progressions.

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I used to dislike Eurythmics’ cold metallic sound. These days I’m much older and perhaps a tad wiser, and I appreciate the band for its innovative sound and for Lennox’ voice. It’s a pity there’s a bit too much fluff in this album, but overall: noice, if not very much so.

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Awesome album! Very 80s. "The Walk" was particularly fun. Not every song was perfect, but certainly worth a listen.

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4

Cool stuff. Great vocals.

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Good overall album

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Les nombreux anachronismes utilisés au fil de mes excellents reviews ont commencé à me monter au cerveau. Je me mets petit à petit à perdre la notion du temps, c'est pourquoi j'ai d'abord pensé que cet album n'était qu'une copie de Marylin Monson. Il n'est pas nécessaire de me tomber dessus, je suis actuellement pris en charge par un professionnel, et suis un traitement de rehabilitation à la chronologie musicale.

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4

Funky but title track is gold

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Ahhhhh yeah I love 80s synth

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Carine le prime canzone, non particolarmente memorabili. Naturalmente 'Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)' alza di molto il voto.

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who am i to disagree??

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4

A pop masterpiece

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Annie & Dave, a great partnership over many years. loved them in the Tourists. But the really hit the ground running with this one. some great tracks here. My favourites are "Love is a Stranger" and "Sweet Dreams". Endless joy from there 80's output altogether. Sweet dreams are definately made of this! Deffo in my top 1001 albums.

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LOVE IS A STRANGER 👌 THIS IS THE HOUSE 👌

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yea its acutally pretty good , i have cancer

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Lip syncing battles in the childhood bedroom of my mind are made of this. Solid gold.

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4

Good all through, more than just the title track.

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pling plong detta är bra.

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Eurythmics slaps, so this album slaps fr.

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4

Absolutely iconic album with some of the most influential songs written

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Eponym song = ICONIC. Good rythm I like

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Wonderful spacey and rocking.

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Sweet Dreams is one of those songs I never tire of singing along to on the car radio. And I wish other songs like Love is a Stranger or Wrap it Up got more radio play.

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Awesome ethereal synthpop. Atmospheric with a dreamy lead singer who shows both a beautiful and quirky side. Has pop hooks, weird sound effects, and is just fun to dance to. Very polished production, distinctively 80s. I can hear the Talking Heads influence, especially with the use of funk and afrobeat, but also things like the random shrieks and multitrack vocals. I also like the synths and horns, with plenty of diversity to maintain interest. I'm a bit biased because this is my type of music, and I admit many of them can be improved, especially in the last few, but it's really solid and I enjoyed every track. Favorites: Love is a Stranger, I Could Give You, The Walk, Sweet Dreams, Jennifer

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This is a hulluva good electro dance/pop album. Every song has something to offer. One of the best pop albums of the 80s / new wave era. The only negative I can say is it may one song too long. 4.5 stars

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God how I loved Annie Lennox. It was the orange hair that did it for me, along with her overall presence in the Sweet Dreams video (far be it for me to state the obvious, but Sweet Dreams is an absolute all-time 5). She had my favorite voice since Linda Ronstadt wailed about going back to Blue Bayou. And Eurythmics follow up album to this one had Annie on the cover, shirtless and wearing a Robin mask. I might prefer that album (Touch) to this one, but along with the aforementioned title track, there are plenty of bangers here. I should have made my move on Annie Lennox when I had the chance. Follow up: I never had the chance.

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One of the greatest new wave albums of the early 80’s due to strong production and Annie Lennox powerful voice. Pure nostalgia in a nice way

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Obviously, Sweet Dreams is the star of the show here, but the whole album was definitely really good. I'll be revisiting this one soon!

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Bops, bops, bops. All the bops are bopping. Thank u, Eurythmics, for the this.

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I remember hearing Love is a Stranger the first time and thinking the vocal sounded dreamy and unique. The next song, I've Got an Angel has the same quality, whereas songs like Wrap it Up and This is The House borrow more from R&B. I've tired of the title track but that speaks to its longevity

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I was a big Eurythmics fan back in the day. I thought they were leading edge back then but if I think about it objectively, they really weren't. As far as electronic / synth pop goes, they weren't groundbreaking. Even Gary Numan's album was 5 years old when Sweet Dreams was released. There was just something about Annie Lennox that was so fucking cool. I saw them in concert a year two after Sweet Dreams was released. She had a boy cut, and wore a man's coat - this androgynous look was beautiful but not sexy. I expect this was the objective although she took off her coat and shirt and wore only a red bra for the encore. I guess she thought she should set the record straight before the show ended. Dave Stewart also had a good look and it was cool that the band's name didn't start with "The". The title song was quite good in the day but has been overplayed. "This is the House" was not overplayed and might be my fave song today. The South American girl's vocals make it.

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damn, this was good. Pretty sure the only song I'd heard on here was "Sweet Dreams" but the whole album was really strong

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For synth-pop, it's surprisingly not terrible, even if I wouldn't ever choose to listen to it. Can we talk about the title track? Why are they torturing the pronunciation of "this" to rhyme with "disagree" and "seas," when they can just change the word to "these"? There's no antecedent anyway, so it's not like there's a grammar issue here. Just change the word, weirdos! Best track: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This [sic])

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It's only Sweet Dreams that stands out, and to me it's a great instrumental done wrong by the vocals.

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Enjoyed it.

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Much better than I remember

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Didn’t enjoy this as much I thought I would have

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A pretty sweet album. I'm running out of things to say.

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80s new wave/electronic before electronic music was a thing. "Sweet Dreams are Made of These". I do like Annie Lennox a lot. this record is fine enough I guess.

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3/5. A lot of the vibe reminds me of early Lou Reed? Some of it is really obnoxious, some is absolutely slammin'.

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3

Had sweet dreams

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OK - obvs sweet dreams is a banger, rest is a bit meh but still fun

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This was good but not as good as other Eurythmics albums. Obviously got an ultimate class A banger on there but one top banger does not a banging album make.

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Auch bei diesem Album ist der bekannteste Song eher untypisch dafür. A propos typisch: eine Platte aus den 80ern.

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Me gusto

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Not really my thing. I enjoyed the two radio hits, they seemed much more sophisticated and better produced than the rest of the album.

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pretty ok

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It's good but there's a bit too much synth for my liking. The titular song is an obvious highlight here.

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80's electro-pop with a dark edge. I love that the music video for the band was banned in the US for Annie Lennox being a "Transvestite" out to confuse the youths.

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Good beats but a bit repetitive

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It's fine. Sweet Dreams and Love Is A Stranger stand out, the rest is fine but not catchy enough to excite. Nothing is really bad, but nothing really great.

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Cool listen. Sounded a bit one hit wonder.

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Couple of bangers, overall a 3 though

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Funky!

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Semibängeri Helt bra kasaripoppia, men int kanske i min smak

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Classic & classy 80s synth-pop. Nice for a one-off listen.

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Interesting, and not to discredit the fine song writing skills of Stewart and Lennox, but other than the radio hits, was pretty bland.

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A great throw back album, full of great memories.

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not bad

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3.2 - Aside from the towering “Sweet Dreams”, this is some fairly forgettable 80s synth pop. Lennox’s voice is a powerhouse. Songs are constructed around a groove and tend to get repetitive.

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Pleasant

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Weird, but the good kind of weird. 3.5

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Yeah alright I dunno if I’ll ever listen to any other song again apart from sweet dreams

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Saved Prior: Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) Saved Off Rip: Love Is A Stranger Cutting Edge: I've Got An Angel Overall Notes: A lot more artsy than I was expecting having known Sweet Dreams beforehand. Much better after a couple listens, but nothing especially stood out other than Sweet Dreams, a deserving smash hit.

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I honestly didn't like this as much as I was expecting to, especially considering how good the song Sweet Dreams is. It's a really cool sound, just not many of the songs stuck out in my head. 2.5 that I'll round to a 3 because a 2 feels too low Saved: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Jennifer

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Struggles to get close to the bug bit in the middle. Solid 80s synthetic.

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Very 80’s and for once that proved to be a good thing.

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New waves fun album

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Classic 80s sounds. Honestly they sound a bit generic after a while. Hasn't aged that well. Some songs are pretty cool though. This is the house id a definite highlight. Sounds like an Talking Heads song.

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Decent. Thought there might be some superb hidden gems on here though...

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Eurythmics' breakthrough album is a deft mix of electronic thrills, new wave chills, and sultry R&B, the latter supplied by Annie Lennox's warm tenor.

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Superb! But not so keen on this remastering. Annie's wonderful voice seems to have faded into the background, disappointingly

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Great album.

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Dense synth sounds. Annie Lennox has an incredible voice. I remember these cats were really weird on MTV but still being intrigued. I guess that's why the Utah Saints sampled the hell out them. Love is A Stranger -- sets the tone for the whole album. Angelic and mechanical at the same time. Good stuff. I've Got an Angel -- sounds like hundreds of other 80s songs out there. Even has the chicka-chick-ah going on. Not a fan. Wrap It Up -- old Sam & Dave song getting the new wave treatment a la Bronski Beat. I like the Fabulous Thunderbirds version better. Not bad overall but a little tedious at times and not as innovative as I thought the Eurythmics would be. I thought I'd hear some far out synth-driven weirdnes and there a lot of that but of boring stuff too. Some cheesy sounds that don't work.

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The mood of the album was a little darker than I originally expected. Felt like there could be some contenders for Mindhunter episodes.

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Some cool spots, also some meh spots.

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The album is slower than the hit that names it. Its ok but no really amazing

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Entertaining 80s pop rock. Title song is excellent but there are other enjoyable songs along the way. Very heavy 80s synth club feel which dates the album but possibly the best of its kind. 6.7

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Great for cooking to

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Title track fantastic, rest forgettable

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Very 80s synth-pop. Eurythmics were everywhere with their distinctive sound. After almost forty years on, the sound has not aged so well and while Sweet Dreams gets the glory, Love Is a Stranger is a stronger song that was a fave growing up.

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Ko sam ja da se ne slažem?

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Fun album that's super easy to listen to.

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Sweet Dreams is obviously a great song, I just couldn't be bothered with the rest of it. I know that's very lazy of me, but what are you gonna do?

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If anyone ever asks you what the 1980's were like just play this album. It's all you need to know.

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Le produzioni di questo disco mi affascinano perché trovo a suo modo punk, con l'orecchio di oggi, l'approccio di usare strumenti elettronici come drum machines e synth con i loro suoni di base dove tutto suona come se fosse un dei primi preset. Devo dire che Sweet Dreams secondo me è un pezzone che ogni volta che lo sento mi fa esaltare e quasi gli darei 4 solo per quello, però il resto del disco anche se non mi dispiace non mi rimane impresso quindi per me è un 3.5 che finisce sul 3.

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Sono contento di aver ascoltato questo disco perché è uno di quegli album che difficilmente sarei finito ad ascoltare da solo. Il problema che ho con questo album è evidente: gli anni '80. Nonostante questo sono rimasto sorpreso dal fatto che Sweet Dreams è decisamente la meno rappresentativa dell'album (e comunque la apprezzo) e che gli altri pezzi li ho trovati molti più personali e coerenti fra loro. Nonostante il vibe '80 sia davvero molto presente, qui e lì si trovano anche a livello di arrangiamenti delle cose interessanti e particolari. Forse nonostante la coerenza lo sento un po' poco messo a fuoco come album, anche se coerenti le emozioni che mi comunica sono tutte un po' grigie, per mancanza di un termine migliore. Il pezzo che mi è piaciuto di più è di gran lunga "The Walk". Comunque mi aspettavo peggio, direi un 3 abbastanza giusto.

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Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) - canzone - non può non piacere. È davvero un grande pezzo, arriva come uno schiaffo e ti lascia il segno. Forse è l'unica canzone dove mi piace la voce della Lennox, per la quale non vado molto pazzo, anzi la trovo irritante a tratti. Comunque, qui mi trovo davanti a un bivio, perché questo non è il solito album anni '80 (anche se le sonorità potrebbero infastidirmi). Nonostante il gradimento medio-basso delle tracce, riconosco un lato artistico e uno sforzo. Quindi sebbene il mio gradimento sia intorno al 2.25, mi dispiacerebbe svalutare un lavoro come questo, soprattutto proveniente da un decennio che ha sfornato un sacco di merda. Quindi promuovo a 3.

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really cheesy, as i expected, but not unpleasant to listen to. 6/10

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Sweet dreams is a timeless classic, the rest of the album is not. The spanish song ia abysmal.

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Sweet notes were made of these...who am I to disagree?

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A real game of two halves - the first side is fairly anonymous synthpop, whilst the second veers off into more interesting and experimental realms. The title track and 'Jennifer' are the standouts, but there's a lot to admire here, not least of all Lennox's voice

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