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THE SONGS

1 LOVE IS A STRANGER

Still very much finding their way around recording with electronic instruments such as keyboards, samplers and drum machines, Dave and Annie found that the new technology they were using was also informing their songwriting both lyrically and structurally, hence both Love Is A Stranger and Sweet Dreams not having traditional choruses.

Based on a simple drum pattern with an eerie short riff, Love Is A Stranger is driven by Annie’s vocal which veers effortlessly from the sinister description of the dangerous, destructive and overpowering effects love can have before the almost timid, broken refrain of: “And I want you, so it’s an obsession.”

Released as Eurythmics’ fifth single in November 1982, the single peaked at a disappointing No.54. Following their big breakthrough, it was re-released five months later and became their second Top 10 hit, reaching No.6.

2 I’VE GOT AN ANGEL

According to Dave Stewart, he and Annie experienced a creative boom while recording the album. A fine example of how innovative their output was during the sessions was I’ve Got An Angel. Approximately five years ahead of its time, the tribal beat, yelps, prominent synths and euphoric refrain of “I’ve Got An Angel” could easily have been the soundtrack to a sweaty warehouse party or a club in Ibiza during the early days of the rave scene.

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