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Loveboat


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Jan. 12 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00009L53H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #236,464 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Freedom
2. Where In The World
3. Crying In The Rain
4. Perchance To Dream
5. Alien
6. Mad As We Are
7. Here In My Heart
8. Love Is The Rage
9. Catch 22
10. Moon & The Sky
11. Surreal

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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.

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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

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Format: Audio CD
This is truly a great song writing effort by Erasure and in my opinion some of Erasure's best songs ever. The sad part of this album is the recording quality, which is shoddy, bass boomy and just down right horrible, with Andy's voice distant on most of the tracks and sometimes incomprehensible and bass which is just too much and often overbearing the songs. I honestly hope Erasure re-release this album some day re-recorded, bringing Andy's vocals front and center and improving on the sonics. I give it 2 stars for sonics but 5 stars for song quality. The recording engineer should be ashamed of this effort. If for some strange reason it was the bands intent to release such a poorly recorded album then I don't know what to say...its a shame. Cause the songs really are beautiful. One only needs to listen to the accoustic versions of many of these songs that have been released to see that they are truly exceptional. I hope this album is revisted by someone someday and at the very least remastered and at best rerecorded...it would become a classic. Just my 2 cents.
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After reading so many terrible reviews of Loveboat over the past couple of years, I was extremely hesitant to buy the album, but finally figured that it was part of Erasure's history, and deserved a listen.
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.
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I dock this CD one point because of the production, engineering and mixing. If it was supposed to be mixed this way, then I must be missing out on something. Most of the tunes on this disc, especially my personal favorite "Perchance to Dream", are mixed so oddly, with the vocals mixed way down and the bass SO way up front, it makes a horrible murky thudding mess of almost any system I play it on, whether it's on my home system , my computer system, my walkman, or in my truck. I have to adjust the bass so far down that it makes most of the songs inaudible and unenjoyable. That said, the majority of the tunes themselves are brilliant, as usual, full of the hooks fans have come to expect from Erasure. I find far less material I consider "filler" on Loveboat than on earlier, more popular releases such as Wild! and The Innocents. All in all, not as bad as many fans are making this out to be. I just think Loveboat should have been remastered or given to another remixer before being released in the US. I think it would have been more succesful. Then again, I'm sure Andy and Vince are happy with it, otherwise they wouldn't have let it go out like this. If I could sit them down and ask them myself, I surely would.
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This really isn't a very good album, I'm sorry to say. For years, Erasure have been giving the world terrific pop music, characterized by beautiful melodies and singing, while aiming for a classic electronic sound away from any techno/dance du jour. Like lots of long-running groups, they've gotten the urge to 'experiment' a bit with their sound - and there's never anything wrong with that if it produces some good stuff.
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.
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