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The Circus Import, CD


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  • Audio CD (Feb. 1 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, CD
  • Label: Sire-Wbr
  • ASIN: B000002LB6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

1. It Doesn't Have To Be
2. Hideaway
3. Don't Dance
4. If I Could
5. Sexuality
6. Victim Of Love
7. Leave Me To Bleed
8. Sometimes
9. The Circus
10. Spiralling
11. In The Hall Of The Mountain King
12. Sometimes (Extended Mix)
13. It Doesn't Have To Be (The Boop Oopa Doo Mix)

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It's really sad, the number of times I have seen The Circus in used CD bins over the years. In a lot of ways, this is one of Erasure's strongest albums. As most people know, Wonderland, their first album, was something of a dud. The follow-up, Circus, is the first album to establish the "Erasure" sound throughout. More importantly, it tackles a lot of social issues without being preachy or precious, an uncanny ability Erasure always had. During the course of Circus, we hear about racial injustice (It Doesn't Have to Be), homophobia (Hideaway), peace & harmony (If I Could), and the plight of the working class (The Circus). However, with their catchy hooks, lyrics, and Andy's fine singing, you have enough else to concentrate on without feeling "preached" to!
The album opens with It Doesn't Have to Be, which didn't get any airplay in America (at least in my memory), but is one of their best songs, in my opinion. Apart from being just a great song overall, it draws upon African percussion rhythms, and even has Andy singing in Swahili(?). Everytime I hear it, I think of the video, where he is waving the sparklers around. Next comes Hideaway, which has a lot of personal meaning for me as a gay man, although fortunately I wasn't "rejected by the people that I cared for!" Aside from the subject matter, it's another good song.
Don't Dance seems to be a favorite with other reviewers, and I have to agree. It's a testimony to Erasure's talent that even the "non-singles" can sound this good. If I Could, which comes after, is another one that affects me. The song seems to be about a broken relationship, but the refrain, "If I could make the world a little better, you know I would," suggests something else entirely- a heartfelt cry for world peace.
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I love "Wonderland", but consider it to be way too similiar to Yazoo (which Clarke had just came from). So "The Circus" is really the album that begins to give us a good understanding of Erasure - the band. From the hip "It Doesn't Have To Be" to the soft "Spiralling", this album has it all. And it is actually a concept album of all things. There's hints in the music from "Don't Dance" to "Spiralling" that lead all back to the actual song "The Circus". What I love about Erasure, is that they often have a number of songs on each album that are just as good as their singles or better. "Hideaway", "Leave Me To Bleed" and "Spiralling" are tracks that were never heard on the radio, but they are three of my favorite tracks from the album. There are hits as well like "Sometimes" and "Victim Of Love". If you are interested in Erasure and don't have this album, get it. You won't be disappointed.
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The Circus, Erasure's second album, is probably their moodiest work (with the self-titled Erasure taking that honor). The song explores a much darker side of the human condition than that of the uplifting, happy Wonderland.
For being the definitive Erasure fan that I am, you'll be surprised that one of my most favorite Erasure songs is on this album - the title track. Don't ask me why, but if the song The Circus doesn't stick in your head...
As much as I love the Circus, I would not recommend it for anyone who is looking to explore Erasure as a new listener. The inaugural album for any new fan should be The Innocents - by far the band's best album, and in my opinion, the best piece of music ever produced.
I have a wide taste of music (my all time favorite song ever {Alive & Kicking by Simple Minds} is by a band I don't really even like), but the Innocents stands out as the best work ever. And I just wanted to say that Austin's review (March 2000), citing The Innocents as a inconsistent album, referring people to The Circus as a good primer, should take another listen and realize the genius of the finest Erasure album ever.
Get The Circus, but experience The Innocents first.
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Erasure, the English synth-pop duo of Vince Clarke (ex-Depeche Mode and Yaz) and newcomer Andy Bell, debuted in 1986 with "Wonderland," an enjoyable, though spotty, collection of simple, danceable pop songs. With "Wonderland," despite many brilliant highlights, Erasure was still finding its voice and the Clarke-Bell songwriting team was still in its earliest stages (Bell's only contribution to "Oh L'amour" was the title and a couple of the album's other songs were written entirely by Clarke). But by "The Circus," the partnership had solidified and Erasure's forte was clear: writing melodic, hook-laden pop songs devoid of the angst or gloom so characteristic of other '80s synth-pop bands. On "The Circus," everything clicked, and the songwriting was among their most consistent. "Hideaway," "Don't Dance," "Victim of Love," "The Circus," "It Doesn't Have to Be" and (of course) "Sometimes"--where is there another album released in the '80s so full of intelligent, finely crafted, brilliantly arranged pop songs? I can't think of one. Alas, the boys would follow up with 1988's dreadfully inconsistent "The Innocents" and 1989's OK "Wild!" before going on to make their finest records in the '90s. But if you want an early Erasure album that sounds like a greatest hits collection, buy "The Circus."
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