The Ultimate Collection

The Ultimate Collection

by EurythmicsEurythmics

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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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