||From the Vault...
© RCA Records
Year of Release: 1983
Here Comes The Rain Again
Right By Your Side
Who's That Girl
The First Cut
No Fear, No Hate, No Pain
(No Broken Hearts)
Paint A Rumour
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One thing I hate is the fact that after a group/artist's albums
are reissued on CD, suddenly, they are discontinued. Maybe because
they weren't selling as good as other popular artists. Eurythmics,
unfortunately, falls into that category. Simply go to the "E" section,
look for Eurythmics, and you'll be lucky to find any albums by them, other
than Greatest Hits compilations. In either case, you will most likely see
a small assortment of albums by Eurythmics, as compared to a whole shelf
devoted to one particular artist.
Anyway, in the years where new wave and dance music were dominating the
now past decade, The Eighties, Eurythmics, were led by Annie Lennox and David A.
Stewart. The only big hit off their 1983 album Touch was Here Comes
The Rain Again, which was a regular radio player. Another song that
received radio airplay was a somewhat reggae-influenced song entitled
Right By Your Side.
Regrets, a song probably not found on a Greatest Hits compilation,
should be. It's slow beat is driving, the musical instruments and background
chants/backgrounds make this song as another standout by Annie and David.
Cool Blue has that Eighties dance sound, where it is fast paced, the
bass lines are pretty good in this tune. Yet it doesn't carry out as a song
that would get repeated airplay, as compared to other Eurythmics tunes.
Who's That Girl did get some radio airplay, as it is a slow
soulful song that can easily grace an Eurythmics Greatest Hits package.
The main lyrics are sweet, and its chorus is an attention-getter as it
jumps out at you before going back to the pleasant sounding verses.
The First Cut is a gritty dance rocker, as the vocals are soulful.
The beat of this song is easily compared to funky numbers done by Prince
(when he was known as Prince). Aqua, is another song like Cool
Blue, where it is a moody song, with moody "Don't Touch Me" lyrics.
And it does have a special effect: The words "Don't Touch Me" are used
with an effects box, that sounds like Satan, in a deep throaty voice.
No Fear, No Hate, No Pain (No Broken Hearts) features Annie
Lennox's voice as charming and beautiful as it is. It's gutsy in some
places, and her vocal range does stand out, and it's easy to discover why her
voice is so good in songs that these, as well as many others. Lastly,
Paint A Rumour is heavily synthesized, and new wave sounding.
With the combination of synthesized-new wave music (David Stewart's
"wizardy" they called it), and Annie Lennox's beautiful voice, made Eurythmics
a well-known name in music. Their music not only features new wave, it also
combines other musical styles, like soul and funk. Many songs from Touch
features this. Yet again, it is hard for anyone who wishes to discover
(or re-discover) Annie & Dave's music, by listening to their original albums.
Most likely they could only go by Greatest Hits compilations, but, like any
other musical artists, there are many many songs that never received the title
of "Best Of". Of course, that title is debateable to those listening to
other "not-so-well-known" tunes.
But Touch is a very well done album. There are songs that easily
captures your attention, and the other songs pretty much evens out the flow.
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