With their second release, Eurythmics hit paydirt. Unfortunately, in America, the only tracks that received airplay were the hits "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" and "Love Is A Stranger". Also, any time there has been a greatest hits compilation, those are the only two songs included from this album. However, "Sweet Dreams" was so much more. As an electronic, new wave album, it definitely set itself apart from Depeche Mode, Human League, Howard Jones, Thompson Twins, Tears For Fears, OMD and the faceless others of the time.
"I Could Give You A Mirror", "Wrap It Up", "Jennifer", "This Is The House", "This City Never Sleeps", "Somebody Told Me", "I've Got An Angel" and "The Walk" all hold their own alongside the two hits. This was the first of many seamless albums from the duo. The remastering is excellent here--just listen to "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)", and the b-sides are nice. This time there is a keeper--the previously unreleased Lou Reed cover of "Satellite Of Love". Simply excellent. However, "Home Is Where The Heart Is", "Monkey Monkey" and "Baby's Gone Blue" are not bad either. I enjoyed the 1991 remixes of "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" and "Love Is A Stranger".
Dave Stewart remastered the series, and he added additional photographs taken at the time which were amusing. The liner notes cover how the album was made (amazingly on a budget of 5,000 dollars--just proving once again that passion and simplicity can make unforgettable and timeless music). The only drawback is that there are no lyrics to the songs. The old version of this album came with the lyrics.
All in all, this is a great entry in the remastered series.