Erasure's "Cowboy" is, by far, one of the most brilliant albums to emerge from the 90's. As the decade was coming to a close, two of the most talented men in music dipped back to instruments popular in the 80's and put together a collection of songs that captured everything that was good in the 80's on an album released in 1997. Not an easy task...and they did it seamlessly and made the 80's sound contemporary all over again.
This album features, by far, some of the best work this exceptional duo has recorded. After the mediocre "I Say I Say I Say" album and the highly disappointing eponymous 1995 release, Erasure released an album that saved their name and revived a style they helped mastermind so many years prior.
With the ultra-catchy and melododic dance tunes "Rain", "Reach Out" and "In My Arms," they proved that they found their groove again at making exceptional three-minute pop songs with heart that you couldn't get out of your head, while keeping with their tongue-in-cheek brilliance with the infectious "Don't Say Your Love is Killing Me."
Having been an Erasure fan for eighteen years, and living with the moments of perfection and the moments of disappointment, I can easily say that, thus far, this is their best album, and a must for any fan and anyone curious as to why this duo have been around for so long.
Check out their new album, "Nightbird" and single, "Breathe," in stores in January 2005 around the world.
I know I will be waiting with baited breath.