An amateur review of the album “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by Eurythmics.
|Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Release Date: January 4th, 1983
Artists: Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, David A. Stewart
Producer: David A. Stewart
Label: RCA Records
Genre: Synth-pop, New Wave
Total Runtime: 42 minutes 38 seconds
Although I was born shortly before the turn of the millennium, I have always been fond of 80’s music, especially synth-pop. As a synth-pop band, Eurythmics stand out as one of the most memorable, and “Sweet Dreams” easily ranks among the greatest synth-pop albums of all time. After a string of failures, this album brought Eurythmics some well-earned mainstream success.
There are 10 tracks on this album - not counting the six bonus tracks that were added in the 2005 special edition re-release - and each one is great in its own right. Along with the iconic title track, this album features updated versions of two earlier singles: the bouncy, darkly satirical “Love is a Stranger” and the funky ballad “This is the House.” Other standouts include “I’ve Got an Angel,” an ethereal piece that’s more of a mantra than a song; “Jennifer,” a haunting, minimalistic song bordering on ambient; and the closing track “This City Never Sleeps,” a slow, acid jazz-flavored tribute to metropolitan life.
The best part of “Sweet Dreams” is how Annie and Dave balance each other strengths and weaknesses throughout. Annie’s soulful vocals give human warmth and a sultry touch to Dave’s cold instrumentals, and Dave’s synth wizardry turns Annie‘s haunting voice into club-friendly fare. That said, the songs on this album can get a little repetitive, and in the hands of lesser artists they would certainly sound awful. Thankfully, Annie and Dave are talented and skilled enough that this is not the case. While the duo slowly moved away from synth-pop and towards mainstream-friendly rock in the wake of “Sweet Dreams,” the electronic sound of this album represents Eurythmics at their most unique and, in my humble opinion, their best.
Overal Score: 8.5/10