- Audio CD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Import
- ASIN: B000025P40
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
And Erasure is pretty much a sugar candy duo. With two notable exceptions, the songs were campy or beat heavy hook records. Only with the environmental lyrics of "Chorus" or the call to arms of "A Little Respect" did the duo ever push towards anything really weighty. Not that there is anything wrong with that, mindless fun is better than no fun at all. And this was the period where Vince was still innovatively exploring the compositional range of the synthesizer. Which meant that, when he was on, he was brilliant, and Andy almost always found the kind of exuberance to overcome any deficiencies (think "Love To Hate You").
So if you are contemplating a choice between this album and the more recent hits collection, I'd actually give the nod to "POP!" The new set adds more from the Abba EP and removes several of the songs here. The dropped songs included some essential (in my opinion, at least) songs like "Drama" and "Who Needs Love Like That." You loose 8 songs here for 7 alternates, and this collection has, simply put, a more concise menu of Erasure at their best.
Chief among the band's assets is vocalist Andy Bell, who has a remarkably rich and passionate voice--but Erasure does not rely on Bell pure and simple. It is the combination of Bell's vocals, a bouncy beat, and the often unexpectedly thoughtful and frequently bitter lyrics that do the trick. The result is a consistent sound that crackles with a sensuous passion, and at its best creates one memorable cut after another.
POP! suffers from the usual failings of every compilation album, which is to say that it generally goes for the obvious choice even when a lesser-known selection is clearly superior. But even so, it offers a solid overview of Erasure, from the purely danceable to the disquietingly emotional playing against the dancefloor rhythm. "Ship of Fools," "Chains of Love," and "A Little Respect" are perhaps the side of Erasure that are most recognized--but when the selections turn to such intense and lyrically sharp selections as "Drama" and "Love to Hate You," you know that you've stumbled into something special.
The compilation, in my opinion, saves the best for last, running a gamut from the intensely passionate and romantic "You Surround Me," to the purely elegant "Blue Savannah," to angry "Chorus," to the moody and introspective "Am I Right"--the latter of which may well be single finest thing in this collection. As a garnish, the collection finishes up with a very enjoyable cover of Abba's "Take A Chance." But whichever you happen to prefer, it's all good stuff. Recommended.
GFT, Amazon Reviewer
-More than likely, the only real reason that you want to buy an Erasure hits compilation is because you want to get their biggest hit, Chains Of Love. I don't think I have to tell you that it's on here. All the other fairly big hits are on here as well.
-Though HITS is part of this compilation's title, it doesn't just rely on the hits. There are a number of excellent songs on here that never made it big. Don't pass them by!
-This is an affordable compilation.
-Most major retailers of compact discs carry this compilation, so you shouldn't have to look too hard for it.
-The compilation doesn't fill the eighty minutes that you can fit onto a compact disc. It seems like the compiler was more concerned with getting a nice, round number of songs on here than actually filling the time.
-Because this is an older compilation, there is no material from the band's new album of covers entitled Other People's Songs.
-I recently heard the band will be releasing ANOTHER hits compilation... If that's true, then this one could be rendered obsolete before we know it...
Erasure was one of the greatest new wave bands out there - and they still are! This compilation does an excellent job giving you their hits and them some. If you like eighties pop music, don't even think about overlooking Erasure.