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Album Review

Eurythmics followed their 1982 breakthrough album Sweet Dreams with the superior Touch, which yielded three hit singles and kept the innovative duo at the forefront of the 1980s British new wave explosion and MTV phenomenon. Mixing cold, hard, synthesized riffs with warm, luscious vocals, the duo crafted some of the most unique and trendsetting music the 1980s had to offer. Subsequent albums found the duo leaning heavier toward straightforward rock — this album found them at the height of their electronic incarnation. The lead single, "Here Comes the Rain Again," is a melodramatic opus, complete with pre-techno beats, sweeping strings, and Annie Lennox' rushing, cool vocals. The soulful "Who's That Girl" is an icy, steamy throwback to the torch songs of yesteryear, with Lennox oozing sensuality from every syllable emitted from her lips. The final hit, "Right by Your Side," finds the duo in a cheerful, Caribbean-inspired mode. Other standouts include the seven-and-a-half-minute disco trance of "Paint a Rumour," the driving "The First Cut," and the icy, spellbinding, and sparse "No Fear No Hate No Pain (No Broken Hearts)." The cool, sophisticated musical experimentalism all over Touch cemented Eurythmics' reputation as one of the most innovative duos of their time; the hit singles solidified their reputation as dependable 1980s hitmakers and MTV mainstays. Touch is a testament to what Eurythmics were at the height of their electronic-techno phase and, without doubt, is a milestone in 1980s pop music. [This reissue of the album includes seven bonus tracks, including live versions of "Who's That Girl?" and "Here Comes the Rain Again" (the latter previously unreleased) and a long version of "Paint a Rumour."] ~ Jose F. Promis, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Touch me up !

All as good as the official review and more. Outstanding all through, with each track an absolute winner. Not only that, but the album cover itself could still a young boys heart! ( Or at the very least instill a fetishistic desire!) well done annie & dave - People will listen to this in years to come and still be amazed by your work. Why has no-one else reviewed this ?! -One of the most important album of the 80's - a True Classic.

The heralding of a masterpiece...

This album steams into your psyche with the opening number ..."Here Comes The Rain again"...then as if you are not reeling enough, you are amazed by the tracks that didn't become singles..."The first cut", "Regrets", the mysterious glacial cool of "Aqua"...the heartbreak of "No fear no hate no pain no broken hearts (apparently about drug abuse) - all timeless classics!

Brilliance!

I have bought this album in every format and am still amazed at the freshness of each track! The synergy between Annie and Dave is sheer genius bringing tears at beauty of each song. Example: Madonna sampled Here Comes The Rain Again which she mixed into her track Rain on her Sticky and Sweet Tour, and upon hearing it I had to go get my CD version and play the full version. Eurythmics I miss you.

Biography

Formed: 1980 in London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Eurythmics were one of the most successful duos to emerge in the early '80s. Where most of their British synth pop contemporaries disappeared from the charts as soon as new wave faded away in 1984, Eurythmics continued to have hits until the end of the decade, making vocalist Annie Lennox a star in her own right, as well as establishing instrumentalist Dave Stewart as a successful, savvy producer and songwriter. Originally, the duo channelled the eerily detached sound of electronic synthesizer music...
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