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Ultimate Collection
     

The Ultimate Collection

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by Eurythmics
 

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As this career-spanning retrospective proves, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart's cerebral brand of '80s dance-pop stands the test of time. Ultimate Collection touches on all aspects of the duo's creative partnership, from the polished keyboard pulse of songs like "Who's That Girl?" to the horn-drenched

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As this career-spanning retrospective proves, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart's cerebral brand of '80s dance-pop stands the test of time. Ultimate Collection touches on all aspects of the duo's creative partnership, from the polished keyboard pulse of songs like "Who's That Girl?" to the horn-drenched techno-soul of "Would I Lie to You?" And those are just the titles that end in question marks. Lennox's performances mark her as one of the era's most fluid, compelling singers, capable of creating neo-cabaret drama on "Love Is a Stranger" and dueting lovingly with Aretha Franklin -- a palpable influence on her style -- on "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves." The duo's evolution, and incremental disintegration, is palpable on later tracks -- notably the sighing "I Saved the World Today" -- but the pair of new songs they recorded for inclusion here hark back, rather surprisingly, to their halcyon days. The ornate "I've Got a Life" employs the same sort of intricate arrangements and empowering lyrical stance that permeated albums like Be Yourself Tonight, while the moodier "Was It Just Another Love Affair?" re-creates the ambience of In the Garden. Consider them cherries atop a sonic sundae that offers a new flavor with every spoonful.

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Preceding the elaborate 2005 reissues of Eurythmics' eight proper albums by a month, The Ultimate Collection narrowly trumps 1991's Greatest Hits since it features remastered sound and a more extensive track list. While it does not contain "Don't Ask Me Again," opting to instead select a couple merely decent highlights from 1999's Peace, two new (unplanned) recordings add value for any kind of fan. Bookending the disc, "I've Got a Life" is powerful disco-pop with Annie Lennox strongly present over a bursting multi-tiered arrangement, while the relatively low-key "Was It Just Another Affair" has more in common with late-period Everything But the Girl. Both songs pleasingly sound the way Eurythmics should sound in 2005. The rest of the disc leans toward the duo's peak of popularity, 1985's Be Yourself Tonight and the following year's Revenge, while the remainder of the albums -- with the exception of the unrepresented In the Garden, the debut -- chime in with two or three songs each. A truly ultimate collection would contain two discs and dig deeper into some of the best album cuts, rather than rely on charting singles, but this disc will sufficiently satisfy the casual fans who just want the songs they know and love.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/08/2005
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0828767379920
catalogNumber:
73799
Rank:
22055

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The Ultimate Collection 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
While the so-called Ultimate Collection CD may be nice for those just discovering The Eurythmics, it is obviously to short a collection to satisfy a long time fan. The only real alternative given to us is the "Box" which contains all the albums. However, that Box is far too expensive and most of us just don't want to wade through all the album filler to get to the songs we want. So we are forced to wait until The Eurythmics produce the 2 or 3 CD retrospective that they obviously deserve and we desire. One is left with the question: "Do The Eurythmics care about their fans?" Until they produce a proper retrospective to satisfy their fans, the question will remain open. (June 2009)