Love Boat Import
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The Andy and Vinnie Show Continues Into the New Millennium with a Return to Retro Form with Flood Back at the Helm Once Again. In Case You Haven't Been Listening to the Last Few Albums, the Boys have Been Writing Some of the Best Songs of their Careerand this One Already Has the Critics Abuzz Ready to Welcome them Back to the Mainstage.
Along with the Pet Shop Boys, Erasure long-ago cornered the market in pure synth pop. While credited as early exponents of house, techno and club culture, both duos have at their core an unashamed love of the catchy hooks and anthemic choruses of pop, but their latter day releases have featured an added component: subtly. For Erasure--considering the hands in the air exuberance of hits "Stop!," "A Little Respect," and the sequins and glitter of their Abba tribute EP Abba-esque --Loveboat's seductive tunes and sensitive words are almost excessively subtle. Despite the pounding beats of "Perchance To Dream," the sci-fi electronica of "Here In My Heart," and the album's title, their ninth studio album isn't about the joy of love, but the pain that goes with it and indulges in melancholic melodies and a sense of longing that takes the pair straight back to those early bitter sweet hits "Oh L'Amour," "Sometimes," and "Victim Of Love." Sequin-free and relatively sedate, Loveboat, for all its subtleties, still has its share of addictive tunes--"Aliens" and "Freedom" prove that they've lost none of their penchant for pop and can still write a catchy classic when they put their minds to it. --Dan Gennoe
Top Customer Reviews
My initial reaction to the album was a desire to corner Vince and Andy and ask them to tell me, with a straight face, that they actually thought this was a good album to put out. With repeated listens, there are seven songs that are either decent or great, and four that are truly horrible and best forgotten.
The good songs:
Freedom- Perhaps a little naive thematically, but still a good single. The lyrics are kind of esoteric, which isn't a bad thing. I especially love the line, "You've got to believe."
Where in the World- Yes, it's mixed wrong. At least three or four times during the song, you hear feedback! Still, Andy sings it in the lower register of his voice, and lyrically it's quite melancholy, without being sappy.
Alien- A very relaxing, dreamy song, with that addictive "ooh-ah." The sound mix is right, and it's a shame that it wasn't released as a single. The only minor complaint is that at the end of song, you hear a brief reprise of the song, at a very low volume, for more than a couple of seconds! (Hope I explained myself there!)
Here in My Heart- Another would-be single, very uplifting and full of energy. Classic Erasure.
Love is the Rage- I can't bring myself to like the first line, "Woman, if I were your woman...". Gee, Andy, how can you sing that with a straight face? Anyhow, it's a guitar-laden track, again slightly distorted, but very different from most anything else they had done to date.
Catch 22- Sonically, it's a more relaxed version of Here in My Heart.Read more ›
However, in a rush to try something outside the typically "Erasure-ish" sound, they really didn't replace it with anything distinctive or compelling. A lot of the tracks seemed unfinished, and the whole CD sounds like an unfocused demo. All the acoustic guitars, one take sounding vocals, and some more hard-hitting beats aren't unwelcome in principle, but they don't seem to have grasped that those require different songwriting approaches. In fact, I'd say it's really in the song-writing that the album falls down. Erasure songs have proven to sound great without the electronics (there's a beautiful acoustic version of their "Sono Luminous"!), but on LOVEBOAT the unusual sonic window-dressing just exaggerates how under-written the songs are.
One other problem: some listeners may find the equalization and mixing to be annoying, especially on "Where In the World" where the bass is cranked to an absurd level. It's things like that that make this CD seem sloppy and careless. If you're new to Erasure, you're advised to look elsewhere for the magic.
This is the first Erasure album since the debut to truly flop, in both the UK and the US. The music-buying public got it right. Erasure have made wonderful albums in the past, and have made another since. This just isn't one of them.
Most recent customer reviews
Loveboat~ Erasure is a misnomer for this sorry effort. The album should have been called Titanic 2 since one has a sinking feeling through the entire album and it never gets any... Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by B. Viberg
Concur with the reviewer who was very disappointed with the sound quality of Penchant to Dream. That was the only song where Andy Bell's amazing voice could potentially be... Read morePublished on May 31 2004
I don't know why this album is getting such low marks on here. I picked this one up the other day and its been in my car stereo ever since. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2004 by Kevin
Don't know why they even bothered releasing this in the states three years after the fact (Maverick wouldn't release it originally because it was so bad). Well, it's STILL crap! Read morePublished on Dec 3 2003 by Creative Pulse
I'll make this review as simple as possible. The secret to Erasure's success has been simple. Simple lyrics, sweet melodies, and a syntho-pop sound that has yet to be duplicated. Read morePublished on July 15 2003 by Pizaster