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  • Audio CD (Sept. 7 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire-Wbr
  • ASIN: B000002LQJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,503 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Chorus
2. Waiting For The Day
3. Joan
4. Breath Of Life
5. Am I Right?
6. Love To Hate You
7. Turns The Love To Anger
8. Siren Song
9. Perfect Stranger
10. Home

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Erasure ~ Chorus

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Lyrically and musically, Chorus is less campy and more evangelical than other Erasure creations. It's certainly just as grandiose and danceable as previous albums, but it seems as if songwriter Vince Clarke decided to stop composing smiley-face songs for a while and make a slightly more introspective, more socially observant album. For this reason, Chorus is Erasure's most enduring, most powerful recording. Crowd-cheering samples resound in "Love to Hate You," lending it an almost epic feel. The uplifting "Chorus" hopes for a time when we all treat each other a little better. It may not be the favorite Erasure album among dance-pop enthusiasts, but it's definitely the Erasure album that is meant to be taken seriously. --Beth Bessmer

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Format: Audio CD
Chorus. Wow, sometimes I don't even know where to begin with this album by Erasure. It is a great album. This and ISAYx3 battle it out with me often for top position. Here's why this is such a strong album. Look at the tracks:
Chorus-what a nice opener this was. The great opening rift really introduces this album. Great vocals even if it's kind of a funny song lyrically.
Waiting for the Day-ok I admit most of their albums have a couple of clunkers and if I had to pick one off Chorus this is it. Its average Erasure which is good just not outstanding. album track for sure!
Joan-I like this song because Andy really jamns when he sings this and its got some funky tunes. A decent track.
Breath of Life-Simply put my favorite Erasure song ever! The music, the vocals, the lyrics...this is nothing short of brilliant! If you don't like this track, tell me why because there is nothing but sheer and utter genius at work here!
Am I Right?-a sweet beautiful ballad from Andy and Vince and total deserving of being a single.
Love to Hate You-a completely wonderful jamin tune. I love this song and remains a fan favorite for a reason. It simply works!
Turns the Love to Anger-a fairly standard album track from the boys. Nice job overall!
Siren Song-2nd favorite track from this album. Haunting lyrics, haunting vocals, beautiful music. Andy and Vince did a great job on this! Try to feel the splendor of it all!
Perfec Stranger-a great little song from the boys and album track but might have worked as a single.
Home-a great GREAT song! Its really hard to rate individual tracks like this but this is definitely a nice closure to the album. Great tune.
Chorus is an album that works. The outstanding tracks are just so brilliant that they completely cover up any weakness some of the standard album tracks may have. It's a short album that goes by quickly but definitely deserves a repeat all button. Great stuff from the boys!
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By Erica Anderson on Nov. 24 2003
Format: Audio CD
I think I have been a bit too harsh on "Chorus" so I decided to give the cd another spin. After all I am big Erasure fan. I have been listening to "The Very Best of Erasure" a lot lately and the songs from "Chorus" has grown on me over the past couple of weeks, namely the title track and "Breath of Life". Production-wise, the album isn't very good. This is album needs a remastering job ala The Cocteau Twins. The sound is very outdated. The overall mood of the cd is more subdued than say "The Innocents". What "Behaviour" is to the Pet Shop Boys is "Chorus" is to Erasure. The overall mood is darker, moodier, and the beats are more restrained. Although I prefer "The Innocents" or latter works like "Erasure" and "Cowboy", "Chorus" is not as bad as I once thought. It is just not nearly as good as "Erasure", "Cowboy", and even "Loveboat".
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By A Customer on Nov. 19 2003
Format: Audio CD
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I have every Erasure song ever released commercially, and this is, in my opinion, their best album. Other albums may have stronger singles-it is hard to beat the one-two punch of Drama and Blue Savannah, or Chains of Love and A Little Respect, but this was the first Erasure CD that didn't feel like a collection of singles and b-sides. There are no real weak spots here as on previous efforts. There were four singles taken from this album, and if one didn't know what they were, I think one would be hard pressed to identify them. "Waiting for the Day" is the best Erasure single that never was, and "Turns the Love to Anger" and "Perfect Stranger" are fantastic synthpop songs. It is true, perhaps, that this album may seem darker than others, but the production is gorgeous, the songs are brilliant, Andy Bell's voice has never sounded so rich, and Vince Clark's aural landscape is breathtaking. One of my all-time favorite records.
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By B. Viberg on June 21 2004
Format: Audio CD
Chorus~ Erasure is on par with their first album. Yet it gets a prententious and come on none of these guys can really be taken that seriously after all. It is not like Noble comitee will call any day.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Perfect pop. Nov. 13 2001
By Augustus Caesar, Ph.D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When Erasure released "Chorus" in 1991, they were the number one band in the UK and one of the most successful synth pop groups of the era. Having already scored 15 hits on the British charts and topped the LP charts three times (twice with "The Innocents" alone), they began the Nineties from a position of considerable commercial strength. An ominous wind was in the air, however, as Nirvana and the grunge movement exploded out of Seattle just as "Chorus" rose to its inevitable #1 position. Erasure would survive the early grunge years, releasing several more hits and topping the LP charts twice more before the arrival of Oasis and the guitar-based Britpop movement stalled their career with the release of their eponymously titled "Erasure" album in 1995.
"Chorus" was something of a departure for the duo. Following 1989's hugely successful "Wild!" (and its rather notorious world tour), the band took two years off, writing ten of their finest songs. "Chorus" was a synth-lover's delight; a pure analog aural feast for the ears. Vince Clarke's arrangements are more subtle and assured, as are his partner's vocals. Andy Bell's lyrics are among the finest of his career, and there is nothing on "Chorus" short of superb. Not since "The Circus" had the band released such a consistent set. "Chorus" proved them to be more than a bouncy, campy singles band: they were pop craftsmen of the first order. Here was a darker, more introspective album than any of their previous releases, and they would maintain this more thoughtful stance until the release of 1997's nostalgic (but magnificent) "Cowboy."
In short, "Chorus" is one the best pop albums of the 1990s and ranks among Erasure's finest work.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Erasure at their best Nov. 19 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Chorus
I have every Erasure song ever released commercially, and this is, in my opinion, their best album. Other albums may have stronger singles-it is hard to beat the one-two punch of Drama and Blue Savannah, or Chains of Love and A Little Respect, but this was the first Erasure CD that didn't feel like a collection of singles and b-sides. There are no real weak spots here as on previous efforts. There were four singles taken from this album, and if one didn't know what they were, I think one would be hard pressed to identify them. "Waiting for the Day" is the best Erasure single that never was, and "Turns the Love to Anger" and "Perfect Stranger" are fantastic synthpop songs. It is true, perhaps, that this album may seem darker than others, but the production is gorgeous, the songs are brilliant, Andy Bell's voice has never sounded so rich, and Vince Clark's aural landscape is breathtaking. One of my all-time favorite records.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A Chorus of Approval. Feb. 22 2000
By Jason Stein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Chorus is Erasure's best cd musically and lyrically. 10 songs at 40 minutes makes this a consistent and cohesive listen. It's darker and edgier than previous Erasure cds and more original and consistent than later cds. All of Erasure's cds are good if you're a fan. Chorus is the one for non-fans as it is more mature dance music. There's no bad songs on this disc. I Say I Say I Say would be my next recommendation because it isn't as danceable as Chorus but it's just as interesting. I don't think Erasure has surpassed Chorus in excellence. The three studio cds that have been released since don't quite match up to the quality of Chorus. Vince and Andy were in top form in 1991. Just listen to "Breath of Life", "Siren Song", "Home", "Chorus" and "Waiting for the Day." All excellent craftmanship. This cd is worth the money.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Darkest Album Of Them All July 25 2002
By Shark Frenzy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Can Erasure be dark? Yes.. they can. Where as "I Say I Say I Say" is a light, fantasy like album, "Chorus" digs deep and brings us into the nightmarish side of Erasure. A side we don't normally see and it's refreshing. It's here that Clarke begins to focus more on digital bleeps and less on analog orchestrations than ever before. I have to strongly disagree with many critics (who don't know jack about electronica) that diss Erasure for always sounding the same. I could say the same thing about rock music or rap music, but that's not the case. Clarke seems to be pushing the limits on what he can do with a synthesizer and still create catchy pop music. There are a number of songs on this album that are just as good, if not better than the singles that came out, such as "Waiting For The Day", and "Home". Both are my favorite songs from the album. Erasure, in my opinion, was and is one of the best bands in the world. No one (except for The Beatles) have crafted so many wonderful and experimental albums, filled with so many pop catchy tracks, as Erasure has. Nice job guys.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
One of their best Jan. 16 2002
By Yih Dzelonh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Chorus is Erasure in their prime from a chronological standpoint and representative of their apex from a music standpoint.
Chorus is unique in that it marks a return of Vince Clarke from the Oberheim Xpander synthesizer (used in Erasure's earlier material which has a more acoustic quality) to analog synths, which tones have a more computerized quality and use all types of metallic bleeps and blips. Clarke employs analog synths in Chorus to create a more sincere and serious -somewhat darker- album than '80s Erasure material, virtually all of which is campy and happy-go-lucky.
Though the sound and direction is different, the end result is the same: Chorus is has all the poignancy and diversity from song to song as vintage '80s albums such as "The Circus" and "The Innocents" had. Some songs are upbeat and dancy, and others are slow but in the end it still sounds like vintage Erasure and remains one of Andy Bell's and Vince Clarke's best efforts, ever.


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