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The Innocents

Erasure Audio CD
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1. A Little Respect
2. Ship Of Fools
3. Phantom Bride
4. Chains Of Love
5. Hallowed Ground
6. Sixty-Five Thousand
7. Heart Of Stone
8. Yahoo!
9. Imagination
10. Witch In The Ditch
11. Weight Of The World
12. When I Needed You (Melancholic Mix)
13. River Deep, Mountain High (Private Dance Mix)

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Their 3rd album, released in 1988, was the first to go to number one & cemented their position as one of Britain's most beloved & enduring songwriting duo's. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic Erasure album Jan. 18 2002
Format:Audio CD
Erasure is one of my favorite groups from the '80s that has put out consistent and timeless synth-pop. For me their music never sounds dated, especially their earlier material from the '80s. I recently acquired "The Innocents" because my all time favorite Erasure songs are on this album. "A Little Respect" and "Chains of Love" are songs that I grew up on in the '80s. I particularly adore "A Little Respect". The infectious melodies and melancholy lyrics are absolutely perfect. What I really love about Erasure is their abilities to mix lyrics of unrequited and/or lost love with upbeat, catchy melodies. I don't know how Vince Clarke and Andy Bell does it, but they make melancholy sound good in their songs. I hear hope in their most melancholy songs. I might be the only person who found "Chorus" a disappointment, if not highly overrated. The songs on that album did not stuck out for me as did the songs on "The Innocents". The only track that I found to be only so-so was the instrumental "Sixty-Five Thousand". I wasn't too keen on the song but I'm not saying that it is a bad song either. "Phantom Bride", "Imagination" and "Witch In the Ditch" are my favorite tracks off the cd, well of the songs that I have never heard before. Erasure is one of the few groups from the '80s that stills put out consistent,quality pop music today. Going back into their catalogue only makes me fall in love with their music all over again.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of their best. March 23 2000
Format:Audio CD
Erasure followed up the megasuccessful "The Circus" with 1988's "The Innocents." While the album was even more successful than its predecessor, spawning three monster singles and going to #1 on the British charts (not to mention being a respectable hit stateside), it showed that Erasure couldn't put out an album every year and maintain a high level of songwriting consistency. While "The Innocents" has some undeniable classics ("A Little Respect," "Ship of Fools," "Chains of Love" and "Weight of the World" in particular), the rest of album ranges from good to filler. The real star of "The Innocents" is the arranging talents of Vince Clarke. Stephen Hague's shallow production makes this album seem extremely dated today, but on certain songs, it works perfectly. All in all, a mixed bag.
Luckily, after 1989's "Wild!" (which, though not perfect, is a much better album than "The Innocents"), Clarke and Bell started a winning streak with 1991's "Chorus." Since then, they have yet to release an album that is less than great. Like fine wine, Erasure gets better with age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! - A pure pop masterpiece. July 18 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I did not grow up with Erasure, but I saw "Chains Of Love" and "A Little Respect" on VH-1 a few years ago and somehow decided to buy this album. It was the first Erasure CD that i bought, and boy was i glad that i did. It is very rare to find a CD filled with so many potential hits (why in the hell they only decided to release three singles still has be baffeled to this day.) Every song on this album is just superb (Except for 6500, which as you will read over and over again shouldn't be on this album!) I also wonder why they haven't worked with producer Stephen Hauge since then. Since I bought this album in my sophomore year of HS (around oct of '97) , i now own every erasure album! (I just graduated in May of '99). If you have even the slightest interest in Dance/Synth music or erasure, PLEASE GET THIS ALBUM. And in my opinion other great Erasure albums to own are: Chorus, I Say I Say I Say, and Pop! The First 20 hits. And in my opinion the only album of Erasure's that i suggest you don't get is their self-titled 1995 release. It isn't that good. But the the innocents is. It is my number one album of all time!!!!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hands down, Erasure's best Aug. 30 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Erasure has always released great singles, with good albums attached, but here they have released an album where every song could stand on its own as a single. Andy Bell's vocals perfectly suit Vince Clarke's gorgeous synthesizer washes and melodic hooks.
Side one is anchored by "Chains of Love," a superb dance-floor evocation of gay life in the city. From the wistful, half-spoken opening line, "How can I explain / When there are few words I can choose?" the song takes off into a pounding synthesizer beat that can keep the listener dancing until the end. Also particularly effective on side one are the dance number "A Little Respect" and the pop-oriented "Heart of Stone." The preachy, socially-oriented "Hallowed Ground" is saved by a great melody.
Side two has a grab-bag of interesting songs, from the off-beat rhythm of "Witch in the Ditch" to the soulful "Weight of the World." "Yahoo!" may be the best dance song, with it's gospel-type shout-along chorus. In addition, side two has a heart-breaking, haunting song, the bonus track "When I Needed You." The difference in quality and musicality between this stunning track and any other Erasure ballad is unbelievable. Finally, if Erasure's version of "River Deep-Mountain High" does not work as well as Tina Turner's, as so many critics have carped, how many bands or singers could possibly render a song as well as Ms. Turner? To their credit, Erasure did not try a straight cover of the song, instead adding synthesizer flourishes to create a more dance-oriented song.
The Erasure fan most likely already owns this album. The novice Erasure listener would find this the best place to start. Just about every song would find its rightful place on an Erasure greatest hits album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Innocents
The Innocents~ Erasure is an interesting effort. Some songs are great (respect), others just simply suck (ship of fools). So it is not nearly as good as their first one.
Published on June 21 2004 by B. Viberg
5.0 out of 5 stars An 80s pop materpiece
This is undoubtedly the ultimate Erasure album. It was their most successful and reached No.1 in the UK of course. There were 3 singles, but all this cd is full of hits. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2004 by Oded Regev
5.0 out of 5 stars The best CD ever produced
This is quite simply, not only the best ERASURE CD ever produced, but in my opinion the best CD of all time produced. Read more
Published on May 13 2003 by John Hunton
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Erasure's best
This is one of Erasure's best albums yet. Anyone who remotely gets into 80s synth-pop should own this album for it's catchy rhythms, good melodies and, if for no other reason, to... Read more
Published on May 4 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Need to have
If you are a fan of Erasure, this is a "must have", i have all albums up to "other peoples songs", and this is simply the best Erasue album.
Published on Jan. 28 2003 by Manuel Alberto Marti Damm
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent cd
This cd is great from beginning to end. I was not into techno music when I first heard it, but liked it immediately. The music is good and the songs are catchy. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2002 by Terry Houton
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Pop Redefined.
"The Innocents" is the third studio album from Vince Clarke and Andy Bell, and it's still their strongest and most consistent album. Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2002 by The Groove
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to buy Erasure, buy this...
This is, bar none, the finest Erasure album of all time. First, you get the two 1980's blockbusters: A Little Respect and Chains of Love. Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2002 by Gregory K. Laffin
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Albums Of The 80's
One of the most under-appreciated bands ever, Erasure have written some of the best and most memorable pop songs in history - period. Look at their catalog of music. Read more
Published on July 7 2002 by Shark Frenzy
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't work for me.
I like Erasure, but I don't love them, because I find that I tend to get bored of the synth-pop sound after a while. I discovered them around the time of Abbaesque. Read more
Published on June 1 2002 by Ms Diva
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