Peace (Eurythmics album)

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Studio album by
Released19 October 1999
Recorded1998–1999 at The Church, London; mixed at Whitfield Street Studios, London
GenrePop rock, adult contemporary
LabelRCA Records
ProducerEurythmics, Andy Wright
Eurythmics chronology
Live 1983–1989
Ultimate Collection
Singles from Peace
  1. "I Saved the World Today"
    Released: 4 October 1999
  2. "17 Again"
    Released: 1 December 2000

Peace is the eighth and final studio album by British duo Eurythmics. It was released on 19 October 1999 by RCA Records and 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. In May 2000 'Peace Is Just A Word' was released as a single in the UK with 'Beautiful Child' as its b-side. The single failed to chart.

Critical performance[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly9/12 stars (B+)[2]
Houston Chronicle2/5 stars[3]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[4]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[5]
Slant Magazine3.5/5 stars(2005 re-issue)[6]

Critics were generally impressed with the record, although NME commented that it "lacked the power" of their previous releases. Q Magazine claimed that the release of the album "quietly acknowledged that their solo careers had failed", despite the fact that both of Annie Lennox's solo albums reached number one in the UK charts, with Diva going four times platinum in the UK and three times platinum in the US (and 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", "Forever". and "Power to the Meek" (missing a verse from the original version), and live tracks were substituted for the original studio versions of "I Want it All" and "Peace is Just a Word".

Track listing[edit]

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

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
2005 Special edition bonus tracks
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



Additional personnel

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


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


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Belgium (BEA)[7] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[8] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[10] Gold 145,200[9]
Germany (BVMI)[11] Gold 150,000^
Italy (FIMI)[12] 2× Platinum 200,000*
Sweden (GLF)[13] Gold 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[14] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[15] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[16] Gold 500,000^
Europe (IFPI)[17] Platinum 1,000,000*

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



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