- Audio CD (May 13 1997)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Maverick
- ASIN: B000002NH0
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
|2. Worlds On Fire|
|3. Reach Out|
|4. In My Arms|
|5. Don't Say Your Love Is Killing Me|
|9. How Can I Say|
|10. Save Me Darling|
|11. Love Affair|
|12. Magic Moments|
This album has some sentimental value for me. The first (and only) time I have seen Erasure live in concert was a promo tour that they did prior to the release of Cowboy, playing small venues, like Numbers in Houston. And I met a guy there that would provide my first "experience" <wink>
Anyhow, if nothing else, I think that In My Arms is one of their finest singles ever, bar none. In fact, I think that In My Arms resulted from an evolution that started with Chorus and continued with Always. Sonically, I think few other singles match its "frisson".
If you pay attention to the lyrics, you will detect a water theme that runs throughout the album. This theme starts, obviously, with Rain. On the promo tour, Andy sang Rain, and it was thrilling to hear a future single before hearing it on disc! The crowd loved it. On the studio album, Rain works beautifully in tandem with the next track, Worlds on Fire. Another reviewer described this song as a "skip over", which baffles me. It's a poignant, melodic song that reminds me a little bit of Turns the Love to Anger (from the Chorus album), not so much in how it sounds, but the message. "We are space, a lonely race, a speck of dust upon the face."
Reach Out and Touch Me, though catchy, never fully satisfies me, probably due to the male backing vocals, which do not mesh well with Andy's. Also, what bothers me is that "dum, dum-dum, dum, dum" hook that sounds like it came from the single, Stop!, just taken down an octave.
Don't Say Your Love is Killing Me has its fans, but I find it highly disappointing. It is the only Erasure Single released to date that sounds like, "Okay, let's crank out a single.Read more ›
The key components of the Erasure sound are certainly here: Andy Bell's soaring vocals and Vince Clarke's electronic wizardry. But there's a lack of variety to the material and a sense that they're playing it safe. The spark of ingenuity that marked their previous two records is missing.
There are definitely some tuneful tracks here, particularly "Rain," "Worlds on Fire," "In My Arms" and "How Can I Say." But nothing here matches the brilliance of "Sono Luminous" or "Take Me Home," or the infectiousness of "Run to the Sun" or "I Love Saturday." Some of the songs - particularly "Save Me Darling" and a treacly rendition of "Magic Moments" - are positively cringe-inducing. There's also a tepid cover of Blondie's "Rapture," a misfire that foreshadows 2003's disappointing "Other People's Songs."
Since "Cowboy" does capture the form (if not the substance) of Erasure's sound, I do recommend it to anyone who just can't get enough of the band. But if you want to hear Erasure at their best, take a pass on this one.