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I Say I Say (Audio Cassette) Import

4.7 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette (May 17 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000000WZJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
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1. Take Me Back
2. I Love Saturday
3. Man in the Moon
4. So the Story Goes
5. Run to the Sun
6. Always
7. All Through the Years
8. Blues Away
9. Miracle
10. Because You're So Sweet

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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.

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I think this album marks the delineation between the "old" Erasure and the "new" Erasure. Starting with the Circus, and continuing through the Abba-esque E.P., Erasure really hit pay dirt, with hits like A Little Respect and Love to Hate You. Their cover of ABBA's Take a Chance on Me was also a hit.
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.
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Erasure's Vince Clarke once told Keyboard Magazine, "I prefer my music coming from the moon." We haven't found life on the moon - or anywhere else, yet. But if intelligent beings from outer space were to write a pop record, it might sound something like "I Say I Say I Say." This ten-song collection is so good, it seems almost supernaturally inspired.
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.
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Synth pop, as a genre, oftentimes fails to get the recognition it deserves amongst music circles. However, throughout the 80s, bands such as the Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, and New Order churned out some of the most listenable and handsomly-crafted songs of that decade. Also at the top of that list would be Erasure, comprised of former Depeche Moder Vince Clark, and former choirboy Andy Bell. Ironic, then, that a group whose fame and noteriety often is synonymous with the 80s released their best album in the 1990s.
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...
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I SAY... is easily Erasure's best album - 10 excellent tracks, no filler, with Andy Bell's best singing performances and Vince Clarke turning in his best music ever in straight-up classics like "Take Me Back", "I Love Saturday", "Run To The Sun", and Erasure's only top 20 hit in the U.S., "Always". While there's not much variety here, that's beside the point...we expect irresistably hummable synth-pop - not grand experimentation - from Erasure. After all, Vince Clarke started out in Depeche Mode (one of my all time favorite groups) and the great but short-lived Yaz, and all of those synth-squiggles and beats have become his trademark long after synth-pop's heyday has passed. While their influence isn't obvious, you can listen to an Erasure song and instantly know that it's them. This is also their most consistant album - aside from POP! THE FIRST 20 HITS, which is a greatest-hits compilation. Only flaw is not including the brilliant ABBA-ESQUE EP, which would have fit perfectly at the end, but other than that, this is music that has aged well for a disposable genre.
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