The seductive, soul-informed rock of the English duo Eurythmics is often about much the same thing that Prince's more frantic funk is about: love and, specifically, sex as liberators in the face of forces that confine.
That's clear enough early on in "Eurythmics Live"--a concert film opening a five-day run at the Nuart tonight--when Annie Lennox, David A. Stewart and their crack backing band open up with "Sexcrime (1984)" and "Let's Go," spirited swipes at those love-spoiling institutions Government and Marriage. It's also apparent again near the end, when Lennox finally breaks the mostly black-and-white scheme by appearing in a red brassiere to belt out "Missionary Man," the band's lusty crack at Religion.
But much of what comes in between is more traditional, less provocative pop, and inevitable comparisons with Prince's own recent concert film, the never-dull "Sign 'O' the Times," aren't always kind.
Love and sex, after all, do involve a lot of interaction, and while Prince wisely surrounded himself with a colorful assortment of singers, players and dancers in his film, Lennox--a crew-cut blond who's all warm, soulful vocals and icy stares--is really the attraction here.