Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

by: Eurythmics

The Eurythmics' breakthrough album is a deft mix of electronic thrills, new wave chills, and sultry R&B, the latter supplied by Annie Lennox's warm tenor. Pretty much relying on themselves, Lennox and Dave Stewart slip past the music's usual coldness and into a territory all their own. It can be smug (the new wave here is served with a side of irony) and a tad dull (the long, operatic pieces serve little purpose), but the payoffs -- "Love Is a Stranger" and, especially, the magnificent title tune -- are among the finest the genre has to offer. [The 2005 reissue features remastered sound and bonus tracks that originally appeared on singles, as well as a previously unreleased cover of Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love."] ~ Michael Gallucci

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