- Audio Cassette (May 17 1994)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Elektra / Wea
- ASIN: B000000WZJ
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
|1. Take Me Back|
|2. I Love Saturday|
|3. Man in the Moon|
|4. So the Story Goes|
|5. Run to the Sun|
|7. All Through the Years|
|8. Blues Away|
|10. Because You're So Sweet|
Then, I Say... came out. Always, the first single, is a great song, with its elegaic tone and sound, a natural follow-up to the Chorus album. Unfortunately, Erasure didn't inject enough of that sentiment into the whole of I Say, I Say, I Say. Granted, this album is upbeat, cheery, and sunny. But a couple of "darker" moments would have helped. Think of the two preceding albums- Wild! had Brother and Sister, and 10,000 Miles, while Chorus had Love to Hate You, and Perfect Stranger. There is too much froth in I Say... Take Me Back is a wonderful tune, but other tracks like Miracle and Man on the Moon are too saccharine; I can't stand to listen to them anymore. All Through the Years stands out as a more somber tune, but that distorted "reverb" backing vocal mars an otherwise great song.
Erasure is at their best when they blend catchy, dance-oriented pop melodies with more somber soundscapes. I Say, I Say, I Say, indeed.
I pop this in and sit down to write, because this is just the type of music that inspires a person to dream of far off places. From the music box tinkling of "Always" to the softly stirring "Blues Away," the mood permeates the room, and I never have to skip a song -- they are all so good. When I'm not writing, I stare at the CD cover, which somehow is the perfect reflection of the tone of this album.
If you like Erasure, you will love this one. "There's no release when destiny is calling."
Before 1994, Erasure albums were showcases for great pop songs - "A Little Respect," "Chains of Love," "Oh L'amour." With "I Say I Say I Say," they sustain their pop wizardry for the length of an entire CD. Andy Bell, one of popular music's best vocalists, breathes passion into every lyric, while keyboardist Clarke infuses each synthesizer note and drum machine beat with technical ingenuity.
"Take Me Back" opens the disc with a hypnotic keyboard arpeggio that sounds something like a radio transmission from outer space. Bell joins in with a soulful chant, before the song explodes ecstatically into an instantly memorable melody. Erasure's journey through hyperspace continues with a series of infectious tracks: "I Love Saturday," "Man in the Moon" and "Run to the Sun" all burst with kinetic energy. Only the haunting, moody "So the Story Goes" interrupts the giddy mood. Bell and Clarke downshift into mellow territory for the second half of the record; highlights include the lovely "Always" and the wistful "All Through the Years." There isn't a wasted track - or note - on the entire CD.
"I Say I Say I Say" showcases Erasure - and electronic pop - at its very best.