Well, this is the album where the Eurythmics lost their fairweather fans yet delivered a classic that is amongst their best.
After an album release per year, maybe it was just one album too many that led to it being viewed as a bit of a flop.
The sound though is that of a band doing exactly what they wanted, with a return to the electro/soul style of 'Sweet Dreams' after the loss of direction and wee bit over-commercial 'Revenge'.
For me the album really takes off after 'You Have Placed A Chill In My Heart' with every track thereafter a classic combining lyrical beauty with perfectly harmonised music.My personal favourite is the title track 'Savage', a bleakly beautiful song that tells it how it is (it must have been a scary place in their heads at the time).
A masterpice yes, but a flawed one. I think it was a mistake to to include tracks 2 & 3, I've Got A Lover (Back In Japan) & Do You Want To Break Up?, at least in this tracklisting as they are weak and more suitable as b-sides. Just ten quality tracks would have fitted with the nine or ten on most of their previous lps. Additionally, I think it was a mistake to use 'Beethoven' as the lead single when it was a bit confrontational compared to stronger tracks like 'I Need A Man' which no doubt would have achieved the higher chart placing that they deserved. A pity the album wasn't rejigged with this opportunity, however we get the extras which are of interest though not essential.
Anyway, buy the album and make-up your own mind.