It wasn't the saddest occasion to see Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart end their ties as Eurythmics because those of us who were (and are) Eurythmics fans knew that good things would come from them individually. Yet it feels like a goodbye present for us to have We Too Are One to cap off a 10-year career that sent the biggest of the fans into different universes all at the same time.
This album has been panned for being too sedate compared to more ambitious past efforts. But, if Eurythmics wanted to create another Savage or 1984-type album, they would've. Here we see how Stewart and Lennox were able to keep the emotional level high even with such a refined sound.
The first single from the album, "Don't Ask My Why," is understated, to say the least. But what makes it a great number is the orchestral setting backing Lennox's held back performance. We couldn't have Annie pulling an "I Need a Man" with so much haute-couture surrounding her. "The King and Queen of America," likewise, holds tight and contains a reserved, almost sad, vocal performance. "Sylvia," a chamber-orchestra-style ballad, is obviously inspired by the Beatles. "Revival" is fun and the only personality protruding track on the album. "You Hurt Me (And I Hate You)" is less intense than its title. And "Angel," the track that makes this album worth having, shows us how beautifully Dave and Annie work together.
Of course, to end the album, they had to give us "When the Day Goes Down," a carthartic look at the hope of the down-trodden, "the burnt out and the useless and the lonely and the weak, and the lost and the degraded and the too dumb to speak." Although it's not standard Eurythmics fare, it's a nice way to give us one for the road.
This album is primarily a must for the Eurythmics fan and is not definitive of what made Eurythmics the practitioners of musical creativity in the more-sensible-than-aesthetic '80s. But it never hurts to expand your musical horizons.