16 Songs, 1 Hour 13 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Guided by Annie Lennox's remarkable voice, Eurythmics' 1983 album trips around the edges of New Wave. Brooding opener "Here Comes the Rain Again" sets the tone, framing Lennox's velvety alto with chilly synths and violins; the mournful "Who's That Girl?" is a torch song over minimalist electronics, and "Paint a Rumour" adds dubby horns to an icy Italo-disco pulse. It's not all so cold: "Right By Your Side" takes a joyous detour through the Caribbean via steel pans and call-and-response vocals. It’s as irresistible as it is ambitious.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Guided by Annie Lennox's remarkable voice, Eurythmics' 1983 album trips around the edges of New Wave. Brooding opener "Here Comes the Rain Again" sets the tone, framing Lennox's velvety alto with chilly synths and violins; the mournful "Who's That Girl?" is a torch song over minimalist electronics, and "Paint a Rumour" adds dubby horns to an icy Italo-disco pulse. It's not all so cold: "Right By Your Side" takes a joyous detour through the Caribbean via steel pans and call-and-response vocals. It’s as irresistible as it is ambitious.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

Amedeo29 ,

The best Eurythmics album

The first four albums of the Eurythmics were some of the best electronic music from the 80's.

"In The Garden"
"Sweet Dreams (are made of these)"
"Touch"
Soundtrack to the film "1984"

Aside from the cult classic soundtrack to "1984" (which still hasn't been released on iTunes, sadly) Touch is the pinnacle of Eurythmics before they changed their course to a more rock n' roll sound (with the exception of 1988's Savage, which revisited their earlier style).

Track by track:

Here comes the rain again: The massively successful single from the album, this song sounds as edgy and sexy today as it did over 25 years ago. Alongside "Sweet Dreams" this is probably their best song.

Regrets: The music to this song is probably the weakest on the album, but acidic lyrics are its saving grace. You'll be singing right along with Annie "My fist collides with your furniture"

RIght by your side: This song has a very Jamaican sounding influence. The song is so joyful it wouldn't even be recognizable as an Eurythmics song - if it wasn't for Annie's voice. This song grows on you over time, and is up there as one of their best. Didn't make the first greatest hits collection in 1991, but they rectified the error when it was added to their more recent hits collection.

Cool Blue: Sexy and cold. The lyrics, as usual, are perfect for Annie's voice. Love the sped up voice chanting "HOW COULD SHE FALL FOR A BOY LIKE THAT?"

Who's that girl: A sleek and dirty song, one of my personal favorites. Check out the music video, it's probably their best one. Playing with sexual identity, the final shot is of sexy Annie in a wig kissing an Annie in male drag.

The first cut: This was the only song I didn't like when I owned the vinyl back in the 80's. Something about it just felt cheesy. However, I like it now. It makes me long for the old Annie, especially after hearing the album BARE, which couldn't be further removed from this style of music. Not the best track, and really only essential for those are really looking to delve into everything Annie.

Aqua: I love this song so much. Without a doubt the best song on the album, and possibly their best non-released track. It seethes with paranoia, anger, and fear. Such an awesome awesome song.

No fear, No hate, No pain: The last three tracks on this album are the best. This song could've been about a minute shorter, but other than that its perfect. I love the way the song creeps up on you. The first minute and 20 seconds slowly build as Annie moans, then at 1:19 the song just grabs you. "You've got the killing gun held in your hand - It feels like cold, cold steel!"

Paint a rumour: You know the saying, save the best for last, well that applies for Touch. This song clocks in at 7:30, but its worth it. You want it to last the full 7 minutes. The bass in this song is very fun, as are Annie's vocals and the lyrics, but then of course they are.

Geeknrd ,

Definitely

This is the Eurythmics at their finest. If classic techno is your bag, this is an irreplaceable addition to your collection.

aluben ,

Please release 1984

Love Touch and all Eurythmics, but would love to own the soundtrack they did for “1984.”
“Julia” and “Sexcrimes” are a must. Please I Tunes, release this wonderful concept album!

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