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on 22 November 2005
I must say that back in 1989 when this "their last" album came out it was a bit of a let down for me at first because I thought it was a bit too mainstream a sound for that eclectic technic popact that brought us the wonderfully original'n weird "Savage"- and "Touch"album.Now that I have become wiser and milder (as smart folks do when they get older)I accept the album for what it is, a melancholy white soul album with very overtly personal lyrics this time and no "personifications". If you want to know how Dave and Annie felt at that particular time:" Bitter sweet and blue" And with that flavour it was a welcome prelude to the staggering "Diva" album.Already immaculately produced by Dave S. back in the day (he went on to give his crystal clear production skills to great voices like Sinead O. and Anastacia); now remastered with the most unmissable bonustracks (It was them I heard at a friends house and I knew I had to have 'em!)of all the recent remasters, especially the choir version of "Angel"; if you want to give your Christmas an original soundtrack.(And if one holiday is in dire need of such...)
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VINE VOICEon 28 January 2008
As opposed to 'gone'. This Eurythmics album sees the band veering further away from cold, icy electropop towards their latterday glossier pop. The album is not without a degree humour and irony from the duo; King and Queen of America bristles with sarcasm about a country with no royalty of their own except a few media figures of transitory value, while having one of the groups most beautiful tunes. Don't ask me why and Angel are immense lush, sad ballads. You Hurt Me (And I Hate You) and My My Baby's Gonna Cry are formulaic, bitter brooding songs about relationship, while Revival points to the band's predeliction for great stomping Motown and Stax sould sounds. Overall at this period in their career, the group always presented such a wide ranging selection of songs in greatly differing styles to make it harder to get bored with their albums.

The new edition of the album is graced by the inclusion of a great version of The Smiths' Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me, as well as alternate versions of a couple of racks released as singles.

The mastering on the album is exemplary and remarkably, it hasn't dated a bit, primarily because so many of the songs on it were singles and will remain familiar to listeners. Absolutely recomended.
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on 17 June 2013
A Eurythmics new album was always an object of anticipation. As a kid I devoured "Touch" and "Sweet Dreams", and was very thrilled knowing about other albums that happen to appear later on - "1984" (which was probably the least appealing to me at the time due its confrontational, dark overtones) and especially "Be Yourself Tonight". Then along came "Revenge" and of course, the pinnacle of their creativity, "Savage" - the latter ticked-off by most critics but deservedly loved and respected by the fans (myself included). Sadly, anticipation wasn't the term I can use regarding "We Too Are One". After "Savage", this one was the unexpected let-down. Many novelties happened at the time (take one Shakespear's Sister to start with), and Eurythmics' new album simply didn't succeed offering any new tricks under the hat, with white rabbits already dispersed around, leaving Annie and Dave heavily contrasted and blurred away from each other. In their 1990 video compilation called "Beyond the Groove", Annie and Dave are filmed having an argument over Dave's working methods, Annie clearly expressing her frustration by throwing things at him (and while this could be acting, the whole scene seems far too real to deny they became quite sick of eachother at that stage).

In retrospect, how I wish Eurythmics weren't as ambitious, signing their (inevitable) capitulation to rock. Their catalogue always showed a stunning experimental side (especially considering their involvement with many post-punk outcasts and the like), which proves Eurythmics were much more of an unconventional pop-unit willing to flirt with the avant-garde...

While "Be Yourself Tonight" and "Revenge" did demonstrate stunning balance between techno and rock respectively, the stadium effect and the omnipresent breaking America ambitions definitely affected Dave and Annie's point of view, and "We Too Are One" sadly suffered as a result. Things all of a sudden turned out sounding like second-rate, predictable (and dated) pop-rock ("King & Queen Of America" without Lennox's gorgeous voice is practically a very lame ZZ Top-track!). Of course, like with each previous album, Eurythmics still showed their professional side and delivered a collection of decent proportions - which is well worth admiration but also a reflection of cracks that began to show. Both sound musically potent but so distant and un-together. And I remember them announcing this album via MTV during late '89, with "Revival" being the track of choice to carry out the promotional side of the campaign. While nowhere near as bad, "Revival" suddenly provoked this indifference in me - Eurythmics all of a sudden didn't create the thrill. The sound was there and this was a well-conceived (or better, calculated) radio-hit, but the lyrics and the overall impression was just ordinary, plain, mediocre pop-rock.

Annie already had her solo excursions previously (with Robert Görl and Al Green), which finally reflected in a strong solo-debut "Diva", while Dave somehow demonstrated with his post-Eurythmics solo-work ("Spiritual Cowboys" and soundtrack for "De Cassiere" aka "Lily Was Here") where all the rock-doodling comes from. Considering his production and otherwise efforts put in Eurythmics' best, it was truly disappointing to hear how boring his solo outing was comparing to that of Lennox's. Of course "Lily Was Here" is a nice transitional instrumental duet with Candy Dulfer on par with "We Too Are One" - practically, the soundtrack can be considered an extended leg of Eurythmics' 80s farewell LP. For a successful duo fighting its own battles to survive in an endless sea of sharks and little fish, this is still a triumph. Gems like "Don't Ask Me Why", "You Hurt Me (And I Hate You)", "Sylvia" and "Angel" do make this album worth possessing. The rest of the material however, despite its contagious sing-alongs, marks a certain downfall in Eurythmics songbook - entirely pathetic (if not patronising) lament of "When the Day Goes Down", the foolishness of "(My My) Baby's Gonna Cry", the American dream of "King & Queen Of America" or the confusing rhyme in "How Long" (a stunning song actually, but "A ship of fools in a crazy choir, is gonna take you home and light your fire"?!).
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Eurythmics bowed out in 1989 with this accomplished pop album, full of their usual strong hooks and poetic lyrics. The farewell feeling is very tangible throughout the album, especially so on the rousing but sad King and Queen of America (... "the king of nothing/and the queen of pain ...") and the atmospheric When The Day Goes Down with its beautiful lyric about compassion for the weak. Don't Ask Me Why and Angel made the charts in the UK and are the more immediately accessible tracks here. Not quite as brilliant as "Savage," "Be Yourself Tonight" or "Revenge," this is nevertheless still a strong album which all Eurythmics fans will appreciate.
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on 6 October 2002
"Sweet Dreams" sold because it was original, "Touch" sold because of the quality of the songs, "Be Yourself Tonight" and "Revenge" sold because they drew in a bigger, rock-orientated crowd, whilst "Savage" sold because it renewed the creative spirit of the Eurythmics. So what about "We Too Are One", the (what was then) final chapter of the Eurythmics discography? The album reached number 1 in the UK, but flopped in America- this was the market which Eurythmics were exactly hoping to 'break' by force. "We Too Are One" displays some fine songwriting ("Don't Ask Me Why", "Angel" and "Sylvia" come to mind), and Lennox's voice is top-notch as per usual. But the album comes off as being largely bland. Songs like "Revival", "How Long?" and "(My My) Baby's Gonna Cry" display the bland quality that Eurythmics descended into amongst squabbles, bust-ups and arguments, whilst "We Two Are One" almost seems like the group are trying too hard to portray a united band image. Where was the originality of "Touch" or the chilling tunes from "1984"?
A big disappointment.
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After dominating the decade with their sublime music, Eurythmics bowed out in 1989 with this accomplished pop album, full of their usual strong hooks and poetic lyrics.
The farewell feeling is very tangible throughout the album, especially so on the rousing but sad King and Queen of America ("... the king of nothing/and the queen of pain ...") and the atmospheric When The Day Goes Down with its beautiful lyric about compassion for the weak.
Don't Ask Me Why and Angel made the charts in the UK and are the more immediately accessible tracks here. Not quite as brilliant as Savage, Be Yourself Tonight or Revenge, this is nevertheless still a strong album which all Eurythmics fans will appreciate.
The album has now been substantially enhanced with bonus tracks and deluxe packaging that includes a booklet with previously unreleased photographs and historical notes.
Of the additional tracks, my favorites are their interpretation of The Smiths' Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me, the dance remix of The King And Queen Of America and the soulful Angel (Choir Version). This enhanced album is absolutely essential for Eurythmics fans.
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on 27 May 2006
I was a big Eurythmics fan back in the 1980's, but never felt this album was on a par with the previous work. As has been noted elsewhere, there is an air of melancholy through the album, but I just feel the overall quality of the tracks is just not there. Perhaps by this time, the professional relationship having nearly run its course, the spark was gone - the polish is there, the heart isn't.

Having said all that, its a decent piece of work, and the new remastered edition adds nicely to the original, nice bonus tracks.For Eurythmics at their peak, look elsewhere.
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VINE VOICEon 19 November 2005
I love the eurythmics and while a lot of fans would strongly disagree with me, i find this the most accesible of thier albums and a personal faverite of mine. I have most of thier stuff and love it all but i really connect with the whole of this album. My fave songs are the opening rocky We Two are one, the fantastic King and Queen of America, the tear jerking miracle of love, the sweet Slyvia and the hard edged you hurt me (and i hate you) this album rocks!
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After dominating the decade with their sublime music, Eurythmics bowed out in 1989 with this accomplished pop album, full of their usual strong hooks and poetic lyrics. It is imbued with a sense of loss and farewell, especially so on the rousing but sad King and Queen of America and the atmospheric When The Day Goes Down with its beautiful lyrics about compassion for the weak.

Don't Ask Me Why and Angel made the charts in the UK and are the more immediately accessible tracks here. Not quite as brilliant as Savage, Be Yourself Tonight or Revenge, this is nevertheless still a strong work which all Eurythmics fans will appreciate. We Two Are One has now been substantially enhanced with bonus tracks and deluxe packaging that includes a booklet with previously unreleased photographs and historical notes.

Of the additional tracks, my favorites are their interpretation of The Smiths' Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me, the dance remix of The King And Queen Of America and the soulful Angel (Choir Version). This enhanced album is absolutely essential for Eurythmics fans.
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on 12 December 2014
Fantastic group, fantastic album that reminds me of this concert that I went to see, Just great
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