Life After The Eurythmics.
Jason Stein | San Diego, CA United States | 12/18/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In 1989, I was disappointed to hear that the Eurythmics were breaking up, but this did allow for Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox to venture out into their own solo careers and try something different. In 1990, Dave Stewart released this cd with the first single being "Party Town" as featured in the film "Flatliners". There were some definite great moments on this cd like "This Little Town", "Heaven And Earth", "Love Shines", "Mr. Reed", "Fashion Bomb" and "Jack Talking". For the most part Dave and his Spiritual Cowboys created a solid 14-track cd, which is no small accomplishment. I would be hard pressed to pick a song that wasn't very good on this cd, and, until 1998's "Slyfi", I would say that this was Dave Stewart's best solo cd. His singing is the only setback, but not that much of a setback. He sounds at times like Bob Dylan or David Bowie and you can see how, with Annie Lennox, Dave was unstoppable--because he certainly has the musical genius for memorable pop hooks as shown here on his debut. This solo effort was followed by 1991's "Honest", 1994's "Greetings From The Gutter" and 1998's "Slyfi"."
VERSATILE ROCK & POP
Pieter | Johannesburg | 06/27/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Dave, one half of Eurythmics, has been making rock history since the early 70s. This remarkably versatile 1991 offering kept the flag flying - it is replete with all the elements that made Eurythmics so special: Strange visionary lyrics, brilliant hooks and subtle, understated production. He's quite a chameleon -- on Soul Years he outbowies David, on King Of The Hypocrites (a complex piece with disturbing undertones) -- he outdylans Bob and on Love Shines he outmccartneys Paul. Jack Talking is a smooth funky ditty evocative of the Bee Gees, This Little Town is a Kinks-like number with folksy harmonica, On Fire has a lush, guitar-driven wall of sound, while Fashion Bomb boasts a mixture of dance style rhythms with glam-rock overtones and Party Town reminds one of the underrated Tourists, particularly in the juxtaposition of lugubrious lyrics with the orchestral fullness of the backing. A delightful listen."