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Eurythmics

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Be Yourself Tonight

 

    With the breeze of a British invasion backlash on their necks and radio's rejection of the single "Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-four)" still fresh in their memory, Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart have prudently performed a little cosmetic surgery on their sound for Be Yourself Tonight. This is Eurythmics at their most upbeat, paying homage to Sixties American soul and British pop. On the stomping single "Would I Lie to You?" they even manage an uncharacteristically gritty blend of the two, with Kinky guitars jittering over a vintage Supremes... Read More

drum slap.

But even though the velvety-voiced Lennox belts her heart out, she still has trouble conveying warmth and spontaneity – she simply ain't got no soul. At best, Lennox is a skillful mimic; on Be Yourself Tonight her every trill and ululation is pure Aretha Franklin. Producer-cowriter Stewart does a few impersonations himself; his hum-along melody and chattering synth backing track for "There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)" borrows unabashedly from Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called to Say I Love You." Then, as if Lennox and Stewart had conjured him by sheer will, Wonder himself suddenly appears to add a winsome harmonica solo. Soon after that – presto! – Aretha Franklin materializes for the album's other natural hit, "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" (which might have leaped intact from Lady Soul). And perhaps only Aretha, the essence of sisterly community and assertive sexuality, could have transformed Lennox' unintentionally kitschy lyrics about "the conscious liberation of the female state" into such an earthy ode to independence. Although Lennox deserves credit for humanizing her lyrics, it's Aretha's sly, sassy performance that makes "Sisters" this year's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "She Bop" rolled into one.

"It's Alright – (Baby's Coming Back)" simmers like an outtake from Dusty in Memphis, but alas, guest-star lightning doesn't strike thrice – it's only Lennox doing her Springfield imitation (which dates to the Tourists' remake of "I Only Want to Be with You"). Still, her kittenish languor makes this the most compelling track on side two, which, despite a guest appearance by Elvis Costello, reverts to formula Eurythmics: impenetrably layered, repetitive numbers that drone on too long and leave napping listeners in their wake. And that's the irony of Be Yourself Tonight; its most enticing moments are the ones in which Eurythmics pretend to be someone else. (RS 450)


JOYCE MILLMAN





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  Eurythmics   Be Yourself Tonight
9 Track Cd Album From 1990 On Bmg.1 Would I Lie To You? 4:252 There Must Be An Angel (playing Wit...
  CD   EX/EX Elvis Shakes
United Kingdom
  $5.07     Details
Eurythmics - Be Yourself Tonight   Eurythmics   Be Yourself Tonight
Label: Rca Int., Published: 2004 Made In Germany[] Uk & Europe, Rca Int., Pd 70711, 0...
  CD   AS NEW recordsale
Germany
  $5.85     Details
  Eurythmics   Be Yourself Tonight
Brand New From A Seller With A High Star Rating 11/15/2005
  CD   BRAND NEW EverCheap
United States
  $7.25     Details
  EURYTHMICS   Be Yourself Tonight
November 15, 2005
  CD   NEW GrooveNet
United States
  $7.98     Details
  EURYTHMICS   Be Yourself Tonight - Cd
Rca Records, Nd 74602
  CD   Replay Music
United Kingdom
  $8.47     Details
  Eurythmics   Be Yourself Tonight CD   EX/EX Kellys Recor
United Kingdom
  $10.17      Details
  Eurythmics   Be Yourself Tonight
N/a Rca, Nd74602, 1985
  CD   EX/EX Kellys Recor
United Kingdom
  $10.17     Details
  Eurythmics   Be Yourself Tonight
Rca, Pd 70711, 1985
  CD   EX/EX Kellys Recor
United Kingdom
  $10.17     Details
Be Yourself Tonight - Eurythmics   Eurythmics   Be Yourself Tonight
Format: Cd Albumcase: Jewel Case Additional Info:- Condition Notes:- & Uk, Rca, Nd 74602, 1990
  CD   NM/M Ribble Recor
United Kingdom
  $9.86     Details
  Eurythmics   Be Yourself Tonight (1985)
  CD   Checkpoint
Germany
  $10.57     Details
  Eurythmics   Be Yourself Tonight
Original Pressing German Rca
  CD   EX thruthedecad
United Kingdom
  $11.19     Details
  Eurythmics   Be Yourself Tonight
  CD   VG discservice
Netherlands
  $10.59     Details
  Eurythmics   Be Yourself Tonight
Huge Hit Album, Feat.duets With Aretha Franklin (sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves) And Elvis C...
  CD   M/M Hoopsnake Re
Australia
  $14.07     Details
  Eurythmics   Be Yourself Tonight (japanese Edition, No Obi)
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  CD   USED/GEBRAUCHT Total Recall
Germany
  $11.38     Details
  Eurythmics   Be Yourself Tonight (1985)
  CD   EX Fun Records
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  $12.85     Details
  EURYTHMICS   Be Yourself Tonight
Germany, Rca-nd-74602
  CD   MINT/MINT Apex Music
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  $15.26     Details
Eurythmics - Be Yourself Tonight Album   Eurythmics   Be Yourself Tonight
Would I Lie To You/there Must Be An Angel (playing With My Heart)/i Love You Like A Ball And Chai...
  CD   M-/M- Vinyl Soluti
Australia
  $19.70     Details
  eurythmics   Be Yourself Tonight
C4737 cd/mint-/mint -/europe/9 Tracks, Would I Lie To You?, There Must Be An Angel, I Love You Li...
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Netherlands
  $19.98     Details
  eurythmics   Be Yourself Tonight (1985)
9189 cd Condition: Vg++ Title: Be Yourself Tonight (1985) Special Order
  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $24.00     Details
  EURYTHMICS   Be Yourself Tonight
Brand New, In-stock Cd. Ships Fast And Secure. Add To Cart With Confidence! Sbmk, 11/15/2005
  CD   NEW NORTHATLANTI
United States
  $24.91     Details
  EURYTHMICS   Be Yourself Tonight
  CD   EX/EX F-seventies
France
  $35.00     Details
  EURYTHMICS   Be Yourself Tonight - Digipack -
  CD   EX/EX F-seventies
France
  $52.00     Details
Eurythmics - Be Yourself Tonight - Original   Eurythmics   Be Yourself Tonight - Original
Ultra Rare Japan Original 1985 Issue Cd W/ins, Mini Poster & Obi Rpcd1012
  CD   M-/M- Tokyo Music
Japan
  $74.12     Details
  EURYTHMICS   Be Yourself Tonight (bonus Track (jpn) (blu))
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  CD   NEW NORTHATLANTI
United States
  $350.18     Details
  EURYTHMICS   Be Yourself Tonight-special Edition (bonus Tracks)
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  CD   NEW NORTHATLANTI
United States
  $453.43     Details

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