I Say I Say (Audio Cassette) Import
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On their first full-length album since 1991's Abba-Esque EP--a disc that should have made Ace of Base redundant--that lovable computer dance duo Erasure returns with tongue-in-cheek soulful vocals and catchy choruses to spare. I Say, I Say, I Say spawned a monster alternative hit with "Always," and there are three or four more tunes with equal hum-ability and boogie potential. Vince Clark and Andy Bell won't change your life, but programmed pop can be a lot more painful. --Jim DeRogatis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
I Say I Say I Say is, simply, one of the finest pop records ever constructed. With a strictly synthetic backdrop of vintage keyboards and synths, and fronted by Bell's soaring and soothing tenor, Erasure deliver an album filled with hooks, memorable melodies, and warm abiance. Taken individually, each track stands alone as a pop gem. Taken collectively, the album presents a warm, reflective mood which matches the serene, nighttime sketch on the album's cover.
Opening track "Take Me Back" is as fine an opener as you are likely to find, featuring a bouncy synth backdrop and Bell's gliding falsetto during the chorus. "Always", the album's standout single, will rank as among the best of their career. "All Through the Years" and "Miracle" set a quiet, reflective moode, while tracks such as "I Love Saturday" show that the group has not lost their touch for creating bouncy dance pop.
Elsewhere, the use of the choir on two tracks adds a depth and somewhat ethereal touch not found in previous recordings. All the while, synth-wizard Vince Clark adds an assortment of synth burps and noises on top of his typical layered orchestrations. Nary an "acoustic" instrument is to be found on this album...Read more ›
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I Say I Say I Say~ Erasure is not one of their better albums. It feels like they wanted to make some more money and released junk that would not have made other better albums. Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by B. Viberg
Erasure most famous for beeing one of the best synth pop band of the 80's made their best album in 1994 with "I say i Say i say". Read morePublished on April 23 2004 by Josephll
In my opinion, this is Erasure's finest album. I can't put my finger on exactly what makes it better, as I love each of their other album's, but there is something magical in this... Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2004 by MZ
I love the entire album. There's not a song that I'll skip over while listening to it. I do have my favorites, such as "Always" and "So the Story Goes. Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2004
Next to Depeche Mode and the Pet Shop Boys, Erasure is my favorite synth-pop group from the '80s that I still buy new music from. Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2003 by Erica Anderson
This is THE Erasure album. The album that I will fight tooth and claw with any "Erasure fan" who thinks there is anything wrong with it. Read morePublished on July 9 2003 by David Seguin
"Erasure" the album, was pitched and marketed as Erasure's experimental album... but I disagree. I think "I Say I Say I Say" wins by a landslide. Read morePublished on July 25 2002 by Shark Frenzy