Friday, 12 June 2009

Eurythmics 'Here Comes The Rain Again'

Chart Peak: 8


Another scratch on the disc here, although the repeated six-note loop of the intro I get there sounds like the sort of thing you might hear on Radio 1 late at night. Anyway, I have to admit to growing up hearing Eurythmics as an act of seemingly increasing blandness, and it's been interesting to revisit some of their music as an adult and hear how much there was to it, particularly at this stage.

'Here Comes The Rain Again' is from their third album Touch which followed some of the template of their breakthrough set Sweet Dreams but with slightly more expansive ideas, and presumably a bigger budget. That's made very clear on this track, with the epic string arrangement (using plenty of pizzicato to represent the rain, of course!) balanced against the minimal electronic instrumentation spread over the stereo spectrum. All this supports one of Annie Lennox's better vocal performances: powerful singing but from the days before she started really overdoing it. It sets up an interesting, if hard to define, mood on the track too; as much as the lyric appears to be about unrequited or lost love, the expression of desire is "want to dive into your ocean", and of course oceans and rain are the same substance, which couldn't exist without each other. Perhaps there's a lesson in there somewhere.

What spoils this record a bit for me is when the drum machine comes in, depriving the track of some of the sparseness that it seems to need. I suppose they didn't want to make a record with no rhythm on it at all, but perhaps something more subtle might have been better. Well, as I finished writing this the sun has come out, so there goes the rain again. Perhaps now's the time to move on to the next track.

Also appearing on: Now 4, 6
Available on:The Ultimate Collection

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