My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
The original album is tracks 1-10
Brief Background: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) is the second album by UK new wave group Eurythmics. The album was recorded in 1982 and released in January of 1983. The title track would be their breakthrough in both the UK and the US.
What I think: From hearing various singles of the Eurythmics I really felt like I knew what to expect on this album. Sort of a dark and serious electronica sound. That is certainly contained here, ecspecially in the second part of the album. What really surprised me though was the synthpop contained in the first 2/3. It sort of moves away from that darker sound I’m used to, even if the lyrics continue down that track. Those songs really gave the album a variety that made it much more enjoyable. Two of those that really stick out are the first track “Love is a Stranger” and “Jennifer”. They really remind me of OMD songs with Lennox singing and that is an excellent thing.
I do sort of fell like the album gets too dense at the end with “This is the House”, “Somebody Told Me” and “This City Never Sleeps”. Another synthpop number in there would have helped imensly. All in all though a really solid record.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I think it does belong. Image-wise and radio play-wise the Eurythmics were certainly icons of the time. This album shows they also had the chops to keep it going for a string of songs.
Rating (Out of 5) 3.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (407/534)