November 17, 2005

Test Spin: Eurythmics

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Eurythmics, comprised of Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, helped define the electric sound of 80s dance-pop, and are offering up a digitally remastered version of their 1983 album, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This). The re-release includes the original ten songs, plus six bonus tracks taken mostly from the band’s b-sides.

The remixes of the original ten songs are, for the most part, true to the originals and genuinely will enhance the album for discriminating audiophiles. The rest of us, however, are left wondering what else about the album is supposed to entice us. Stewart’s choice of b-sides are somewhat questionable and dated (most are from 1991) and the additional songs do little but disrupt an otherwise cohesive album.

However, a new cover of Lou Reed’s “Satellite of Love” and the modified “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) Hot Remix” add worth to the album. Die-hard fans of Eurhythmics will rejoice at the availability of the B-sides on a convenient format, but most people will probably be better off dusting their turntables to experience the original album again.

Archived article by Tyler Grove
Sun Contributor