Peace (Eurythmics album)

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Peace
Studio album by Eurythmics
Released 18 October 1999
Recorded 1998–1999
Genre Pop rock, adult contemporary
Length 48:59
Label RCA Records
Producer Eurythmics, Andy Wright
Eurythmics chronology
Live 1983–1989
(1993)
Peace
(1999)
Ultimate Collection
(2005)
Singles from Peace
  1. "I Saved the World Today"
    Released: 4 October 1999
  2. "17 Again"
    Released: 24 January 2000

Peace is the eighth and final studio album by the British band Eurythmics, released in October 1999. It was the band's first album of new material in ten years, following 1989's We Too Are One.

Release and reception[edit]

Following their first performance together in eight years at a record company party in 1998, David A. Stewart and Annie Lennox began writing and recording together for the first time since 1989. The title was designed to reflect the duo's ongoing concern with global conflict and world peace. The record was promoted with a concert on the Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior II, where they played a mixture of old and new songs. A 24-date world tour (entitled the "Peacetour") followed soon after, with all profits donated to Amnesty International and Greenpeace. The final show of the tour, on 6 December 1999 at the London Docklands Arena, was filmed and released on video and DVD.

Single releases[edit]

"I Saved the World Today" was the lead single from the album, reaching number eleven on the UK singles chart (their highest charting hit since 1986). Another single, "17 Again", was released in January 2000. It reached the UK Top 30 and topped the US dance chart.

Critical Performance[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly 9/12 stars (B+)[2]
Houston Chronicle 2/5 stars[3]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars(2005 re-issue)[6]

Critics were generally impressed with the record, although some commented that it "lacked the power" (NME) of their previous releases and "quietly acknowledged that their solo careers had failed" (Q Magazine[citation needed]), despite the fact that both of Annie Lennox's solo efforts reached the number one position in the UK charts, Diva going four times platinum in the UK and three times platinum in the US (Q Magazine, themselves placing it in their top 50 albums of 1992) and Medusa going double-platinum in both countries, respectively.

Re-release in 2005[edit]

On 14 November 2005, SonyBMG repackaged and released Eurythmics' back catalogue as "Deluxe Edition Reissues". Each of their eight studio albums' original track listings were supplemented with bonus tracks and remixes. For unknown reasons, many songs on the 2005 reissue of Peace are alternate mixes compared to the original 1999 release. The most dramatically different mix is "I've Tried Everything", which is more upbeat with additional drums. Other songs with mix differences include: "17 Again", "I Saved the World Today", "Power to the Meek" (missing a verse from the original version), "Peace Is Just a Word", and "Forever".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart, except "Something in the Air" by Speedy Keen

No. Title Length
1. "17 Again"   4:55
2. "I Saved the World Today"   4:53
3. "Power to the Meek"   3:18
4. "Beautiful Child"   3:27
5. "Anything but Strong"   5:04
6. "Peace Is Just a Word"   5:51
7. "I've Tried Everything"   4:17
8. "I Want It All"   3:32
9. "My True Love"   4:45
10. "Forever"   4:08
11. "Lifted"   4:49
2005 Special edition bonus tracks
No. Title Length
12. "Beautiful Child" (Acoustic version) 3:31
13. "17 Again" (Acoustic version) 4:46
14. "I Saved the World Today" (Acoustic version) 2:44
15. "Something in the Air"   3:46

Personnel[edit]

Eurythmics

Additional personnel

  • Dave Catlin-Birch – bass
  • Pete Lewinson – drums
  • Steve Lewinson – bass
  • Chucho Merchán – bass
  • Pro Arte Orchestra of London – orchestra
  • Chris Sharrock – drums
  • David Whitaker – strings orchestrator
  • Andy Wright – keyboards, percussion

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Eurythmics, Andy Wright
  • Engineers: Nick Addison, Stephen McLaughlin
  • Assistant engineer: Graham Dominy
  • Mixing: Ash Howes
  • Mixing assistant: David Russell
  • Mastering: Ian Cooper
  • Programming: Andy Wright
  • Coordination: Colin Sheen
  • Strings orchestrator: David Whitaker

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[7] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[8] Gold 145,200[9]
Germany (BVMI)[10] Gold 150,000^
Italy (FIMI)[11] 2× Platinum 200,000*
Sweden (GLF)[12] Gold 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[13] Gold 25,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[14] Gold 150,670[15]
United States (RIAA)[16] Gold 337,000[17]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[18] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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Preceded by
Brand New Day by Sting
European Top 100 number-one album
6 November 1999
Succeeded by
Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton by Eric Clapton