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Erasure

Erasure Audio CD
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1. Intro: Guess I'm Into Feeling
2. Rescue Me
3. Sono Luminus
4. Fingers And Thumbs (Cold Summer's Day)
5. Rock Me Gently
6. Grace
7. Stay With Me
8. Love The Way You Do So
9. Angel
10. I Love You
11. A Long Goodbye

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dunno if I can top Larry's review but... June 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
I must say this is my favorite album of all-time just nudging past Erasure's "I Say I Say I Say."
What makes this album so great, and every Erasure album, is that Andy and Vince complement each other so well. It is easy to get lost in the layered synths or the emotion in Andy's voice. When Erasure are on, like they are here, you're getting lost in both of them at the same time.
"Erasure" is the best album because it is Erasure doing what they want to do. The numerous tracks over 5 minutes gives Vince time to add in more catchy bleeps and bloops in classic Erasure form as seen in Rescue Me and Fingers and Thumbs(A Cold Summer's Day). The length of the songs also gives Andy time to sing some deep songs painting a more clear and thus more emotional picture of the song he wants to get out. Good examples for that can be seen in Sono Luminus and I Love You. The length of the songs enhances the usual Erasure mood through their music and paints a clearer picture through more (emotional) lyrics.
While I enjoy all of Erasure's album, I really felt their freedom on "Erasure" to take their time with their songs really enhances what they want to say. It is a shame they haven't repeated the length of these tracks on album's released after. However their October 2004 album "Nightbird" may bring back the level of depth as "Erasure" showed.
And forget the reviewer who says the lyrics are too cliche. Erasure has a message, one only need listen to Grace, Sono Luminus or A Long Goodbye to see how deep and thoughful these lyrics are.
If you want to listen to an album that will play with your emotions there is no better one than Erasure's "Erasure" because Vince's synths & Andy's voice and lyrics are emotion charged and most importantly at length. There is time for the songs to grow and your emotions to stir.
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If you think about it, this was a very risky album for Erasure to put out. Their popularity kept building, culminating with the release of the Chorus album and the ABBA-esque E.P. I think their casual fans started to lose touch with I Say, I Say, I Say. They surely abandoned Erasure when their self-titled album came out, a year later.
This album was Vince Clarke's retribution, for having been forced to stick to the confines of the three-minute song format. Granted, staying within the mold yielded some truly great songs that have stood the test of time, like A Little Respect, Blue Savannah, and Love to Hate You. However, Vince Clarke is a true musician at heart, and this album was his chance to expand beyond the limitations of an electro-pop format.
I think the best way to judge this album is to listen to it in tandem with the prior release, I Say, I Say, I Say. On Erasure, Andy Bell sings with much more feeling. Grace is one prime example; listen to Andy sing, "Where's the sense in senseless violence?" He is vocally very bold, without sounding embarassing or kitschy. His vocals are full-on, and never err.
There is a lot of naked emotion on this album. Sono Luminus, Rock Me Gently, and Stay With Me are very emotional songs, that take the risk of being so, without failing. If Sono Luminus and Rescue Me's lyrics seem a tad New-Agey, it doesn't matter. Erasure "gets the balance right" (to paraphrase Depeche Mode). Plus, if you really listen to the album's lyrics, you will understand how clever Erasure is on drawing upon religious themes, without sounding preachy or silly. How about, "Take me to the tree, it has a strange effect on me?", from Rescue Me?
Sure, Diamanda Galas alone is enough to scare off the casual listener, with her freakish wailing sound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ERASURE'S BEST KEPT SECRET Sept. 25 2003
Format:Audio CD
IT'S A LONG WAY FROM THE POP SOUNDS OF THE INNOCENTS ( WHICH I DON'T CARE FOR AT ALL ) TO THE MATURE, LUSH SOUNDS OF "ERASURE."
THAT THIS CD DIDN'T SELL WELL IS NO SURPRISE TO ME. IT DOESN'T GRAB YOU IMMEDIATELY AS MANY OF THEIR MORE POP ORIENTED RELEASES DO.BUT THAT DOESN'T DIMINISH THE POWER OF THE PERFORMANCES. IN SHORT, THIS CD CHANGED MY LIFE. I STILL LISTEN TO IT AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK, IN ITS ENTIRITY, AS THAT, FOR ME, IS THE BEST WAY TO APPRECIATE IT. "ERASURE" IS A PLATFORM FOR VINCE CLARKE'S MORE AMBITIOUS, AMBIENT MUSICAL SOUNDSCAPES, AND SOME OF ANDY BELL'S MOST CONFIDENT, MOST EXPRESSIVE SINGING. THIS IS REALLY "HEADPHONE MUSIC" FOR THE MODERN AGE, AS THERE IS SO MUCH GOING ON IN THE BACKGROUND OF EACH SONG, WITHOUT IT SOUNDING CLUTTERED OR FEELING FORCED. LISTEN VERY CAREFULLY TO THE MULTI-TRACKED BACKING VOCALS, ESPECIALLY ON "INTRO ( I GUESS I'M INTO FEELING)" AND "ANGEL", THEY ARE TRULY STUNNING IN THE THEIR ARRANGEMENT AND SUBTLETY. FROM START TO FINISH, AN AMAZING JOURNEY FOR ANYONE WILLING TO INVEST 71 MINUTES TO A SINGLE PIECE OF MUSIC.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Music, Bad Lyrics June 7 2004
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Format:Audio CD
To every song, there are two main compontents--the lyrics and the music. While the music on this CD is better than most of the chewed-up-and-spit-out "pop" of today, it isn't as good as some other music. This CD is mostly a "mood" CD. While it won't make you think (at all), it does have the tendency to relax you. Very very good background music.
Now, to the lyrics. 100% cliche. Not very creative at all. "Night Owls;" "you made your bed, now lie in it;" "sands of time;" cliches are abundant. If lyrics are very important to you, do not buy this CD.
Overview: Nice, relaxing music. Cliched lyrics. Good CD, but there's been better--much better.
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