Sunday, April 3, 2011

#500 - Eurythmics: Touch (1983)

Following up an album that becomes an International Sensation is one of the most daunting tasks for any band. Tons of bands have great debut albums.....The follow up album is where a lot of bands lose their way. (I dare you to name a song off of Hootie & the Blowfish's second album)

This was the task that the Eurythmics faced on recording Touch. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) had made them an International Success. Would they be able to follow this up with Touch?

My take? Yes and No.

Touch has moments of brilliance and moments of pain. They start the album very strongly with "Here Comes the Rain Again" which is probably the best song this band ever released.

The second track Regrets is also a strong performer.....After that the album drops off for me...While this album was released at the Peak of the Second Wave of Ska, there are some weak attempts to give it a reggae sound.....Albeit, at the time it wasn't as out of place. However, several aspects of this album, out of the context of the time, it just sounds bad.

  • Bottom Line: There are albums that are timeless, and transcend any period or genre. Then there are albums that are good, but sound like the era....This album unfortunately falls in the latter category...Some decent tunes, but it sounds very much of the 80's.
  • Highlights: Here Comes the Rain Again
  • Low-Points: The second half of the album

Does it Deserve to be in the Top 500? My gut says no, but then again, I was never around to experience this album in the context of its' release.....so I could be missing the boat on this one.

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