The Ultimate Collectionby Eurythmics
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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- I've Got a Life
- Love Is a Stranger
- Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
- Who's That Girl?
- Right by Your Side
- Here Comes the Rain Again
- Would I Lie to You?
- There Must Be an Angel (Playing With My Heart)
- Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves
- It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)
- When Tomorrow Comes
- Thorn in My Side
- The Miracle of Love
- Missionary Man
- You Have Placed a Chill in My Heart
- I Need a Man
- I Saved the World Today
- 17 Again
- Was It Just Another Love Affair?
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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)