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Wild! [Import, CD]

Erasure Audio CD
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1. Piano Song (Instrumental)
2. Blue Savannah
3. Drama!
4. How Many Times?
5. Star
6. La Gloria
7. You Surround Me
8. Brother And Sister
9. 2,000 Miles
10. Crown Of Thorns
11. Piano Song

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Erasure ~ Wild

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4.0 out of 5 stars Erasure branches out June 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
Obviously tired of the confines of mere synthesizers, Vince Clark made "Wild!" into the most organic and lush sounding Erasure album to date. While not as instantly hook laden as "The Innocents," it has stood the test of time better than most of Erasure's catalog. As a songwriting team, Clark and Bell also managed to pen a trio of classic singles with "Drama!," "Star" and the magnificent "Blue Savannah."
They also began to test the limits of their lyrical concerns, as "Crown Of Thorns" takes a bitter look at the future of England before the album winds out with "Piano Song." Andy seems intrigued by the chance to perform a more expansive set of songs; save for "Chorus," this is the best sung of all the Erasure albums. Listen to the difference between the operatic campiness of "Drama!" as compared to the deeper coloration of "How Many Times." Not like all is changed, the dance grooves of "2000 Miles" and "Brother and Sister" cook. In fact, the only real dud here is "La Gloria," where the experiment in Latin rhythms misses the target.
Out of the many Erasure albums available, "Wild!" is one of the few I can recommend as a whole album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the peak of Erasure May 4 2004
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This album is 15 years old(!), but has aged fairly well. After they hit their stride with The Circus and The Innocents, Erasure became hugely popular in the U.S. (at least, among lovers of New Wave/Postmodern music) with Wild! Vince Clarke, in one of the interviews on the 2nd disc of the Hits! DVD said that he wanted Erasure to be remembered as great songwriters. On Wild!, there are a lot of great songs, with inspired lyrics and killer hooks.
If Erasure is only remembered for a couple of songs, Blue Savannah deserves to be one of them (A Little Respect would be the other choice). A friend of mine in high school said that she felt chills up her spine when she first heard the album version of the song. On the radio, the beginning part, with Andy humming/crooning, was cut. I was really stunned when she told me this, because that's exactly what happened to me the first time I heard the album version! Part of the bliss of Erasure is that a song with such an obscure title as Blue Savannah could be one of their greatest hits.
After the euphoria of Blue Savannah come the high of Drama! In my mind, this is perhaps the most "operatic" of Erasure's songs. Aside from the aggressive energy created by the synthesizers, there is the "guilty" chorus, which reminds me of opera. Too bad another reviewer here finds it distracting; I find it to be pure genius! Equally as thrilling are the lyrics, such as, "God only knows the ultimate necessity of love." Sadly, this song didn't get airplay in the U.S., since it rates among their very best.
After the thrilling Drama! comes How Many Times, which is quite the opposite in mood. Another personal favorite, it has Andy singing in a lower register, which produces a "seductive" mood.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wild! is kinda wild! Oct. 21 2003
Format:Audio CD
Andy and Vince's follow up to the Innocents album and the Crackers Internation EP is a mixed bag. It features some great songs...and some not so great songs. As a whole even with the attempt to open and close with Piano Song it doesn't flow like a sold album more than a collection of tunes. Here's whats on it:
Piano Song (Instrumental)--a nice few opening notes to let you know what is coming...it flows right well into
Blue Savannah-One of, if not Andy's fav. A really beautifully sung haunting track. Definitely one of Erasure's classics!
Drama-ok...I honestly don't get the interest in this song. I think the chorus is ok and Vince's music is great...but together..it's just off. Not a personal favorite of mine. The screaming chorus of "Guilty" distracts!
How Many Times?-must I skip this song. Not a favorite and completely out of place! Sorry guys but this just isn't strong!
Star-great poppy dance song. I love this track. It simply jamns and deserves a replay!
La Gloria-I've tried to like this but the spanish/mexican flair just doesn't do it for me. Too much camp for me!
You Surround Me-Probably my favorite track off this album because Andy's vocals are dark and deeper than I can recall from previous songs. Great music, great lyrics makes a great song!
Brother and Sister-ROCKET!! This is a great song...ending vocals are so powerful. I think this honestly jamns and is a far superior song than Drama..this should have been 3rd single.
2,000 Miles-Interesting if somewhat quirky Erasure sounding song. It works for me. Interesting lyrics...can't say its typical Erasure
Crown of Thorns-almost what I call Enyaesque....good solid lyrics, well song, good music I like this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wild! June 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
Wild!~ Erasure is pretty good. But just like many of their albums it lacks consistent effort. They are happy to churn out some good tunes, (blue savannah song), and then to fill it with...crap...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Go to the orange side... May 15 2001
By "tom2600@aol.com" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If there was one word to describe Wild! it would be "lush". Although everything is still 99.9% electronic, there are samples of pianos, strings and other "real" sounds to give the album a fairly organic and natural feel - at least in comparison to the analogue blips and bleeps that would be the trademark sound on the following albums.
What makes this album so great is that it is perhaps Erasure's most diverse collection of songs yet everything flows together in a coherent way. From the silly pseudo-Latin pop of "La Gloria" to the amazingly beautiful ballad "You Surround Me" to the dark and minimal "Piano Song", every song stands apart from one another but yet fits together nicely. A common complaint about the album is that while there are some great songs there's quite a bit of filler as well. I was one that once agreed with that sentiment, but over the years I've grown to appreciate every single song on the album. It is not as strong as The Innocents, Chorus or their self-titled album, but it is a classic in its own right. My only real complaint is that it's rather short - roughly 35 minutes. If they ever re-release it with some of the great b-sides off the singles on that album (Paradise, Dreamlike State, etc.) as bonus tracks, then I'll give it 5 stars, but for now, it'll be 4.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Born to be "Wild." Sept. 15 2002
By The Groove - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Wild" is the followup to international smash "The Innocents," and while it's no instant winner like its predecessor, it's certainly a step forward for Vince Clarke and Andy Bell. There's the gorgeous rush of "Blue Savannah;" the synth bleeps of the catchy "Brother and Sister," and the touching love ballad "You Surround Me." While "Wild" went to No.1 in the UK, the CD stalled on the US charts and was ignored by fickle fans who wanted a sequel to "Chains of Love." However, it's become a fan's favorite and deserves a spin on your CD player.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the peak of Erasure May 4 2004
By Larry D. Rodriguez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album is 15 years old(!), but has aged fairly well. After they hit their stride with The Circus and The Innocents, Erasure became hugely popular in the U.S. (at least, among lovers of New Wave/Postmodern music) with Wild! Vince Clarke, in one of the interviews on the 2nd disc of the Hits! DVD said that he wanted Erasure to be remembered as great songwriters. On Wild!, there are a lot of great songs, with inspired lyrics and killer hooks.
If Erasure is only remembered for a couple of songs, Blue Savannah deserves to be one of them (A Little Respect would be the other choice). A friend of mine in high school said that she felt chills up her spine when she first heard the album version of the song. On the radio, the beginning part, with Andy humming/crooning, was cut. I was really stunned when she told me this, because that's exactly what happened to me the first time I heard the album version! Part of the bliss of Erasure is that a song with such an obscure title as Blue Savannah could be one of their greatest hits.
After the euphoria of Blue Savannah come the high of Drama! In my mind, this is perhaps the most "operatic" of Erasure's songs. Aside from the aggressive energy created by the synthesizers, there is the "guilty" chorus, which reminds me of opera. Too bad another reviewer here finds it distracting; I find it to be pure genius! Equally as thrilling are the lyrics, such as, "God only knows the ultimate necessity of love." Sadly, this song didn't get airplay in the U.S., since it rates among their very best.
After the thrilling Drama! comes How Many Times, which is quite the opposite in mood. Another personal favorite, it has Andy singing in a lower register, which produces a "seductive" mood. The song itself, though, is very melancholy and nostalgic in tone. Next follows Star, which is another stroke of genius. As most people know, this song is about the atomic bomb. For me, though, it also is critical of televangelism, and the era of Jim and Tammy Faye, with their pleas for "Love Gifts" by mail, among other things. Their humorous treatment of both topics is the essence of Camp, something Erasure understands quite well. Even the music is campy, galloping along, like a horse in the Wild West.
After so many successes, Erasure misfires with the cringe-worthy La Gloria. This song is embarrassing in so many ways, where do I begin? The music is stupid. It could be taken for a joke, except that they pushed too far. If you want a comparison, Madonna's song I'm Going Bananas is kind of similar to this, but hers is more tolerable. Furthermore, it could be labled as racist, except that I truly believe that Vince and Andy are not racists. In short, it is a caricature that makes you wince. Why this made the cut for the album, and Supernature didn't, is beyond me!!!
Thankfully, you can skip over this song, and enjoy the rest of the album, which lives up to the success of the first half. You Surround Me is another single that got no airplay, but is one of their most sensual. Unlike How Many Times, the mood is not only evoked by Andy singing in a lower register. This time, the lyrics help drive the point home. I like the line, "I love you with all the joy of living, 'til the lights go down in NYC..." Another classic.
Brother and Sister is another turbo-charged track, the "Drama!" of the second half of Wild! That computer voice saying "rocket" at the beginning is wonderful. Like Drama!, it is also very operatic in nature. The lyrics are rather cryptic, in a good way. It's almost post-apocalypic, which is interesting, because if you really think about it, a recurring theme throughout the album is the nuclear age.
What follows next is 2000 Miles, which is rather shocking in its acid tone, very different from most Erasure songs. Take, for example, the line "don't go beating me like that, I won't be coming back". What makes the song great is that, for it being so nihilistic, Erasure still throws some camp in for good measure. One example is the "whoo, whoo" sound after Andy says he won't be waiting at the railroad station. Another is Andy singing the "na na na" from Heart of Glass, the Blondie classic, at the end of the song, as it is fading out!
Crown of Thorns maximizes the gloom-and-doom theme. Another seemingly post-apocalyptic song, it spells out a bleak future for England.
The album ends with Piano Song, which I'm sure was a working title that they tried to rename, but couldn't really come up with any other title that worked. Compared to the synth feel of most of the album, it is elegantly spare, a remorseful, eloquent song, sung in an emotional manner.
For all of these reasons, Wild! captures Erasure at the height of their creative powers.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Erasure branches out June 10 2004
By Tim Brough - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Obviously tired of the confines of mere synthesizers, Vince Clark made "Wild!" into the most organic and lush sounding Erasure album to date. While not as instantly hook laden as "The Innocents," it has stood the test of time better than most of Erasure's catalog. As a songwriting team, Clark and Bell also managed to pen a trio of classic singles with "Drama!," "Star" and the magnificent "Blue Savannah."
They also began to test the limits of their lyrical concerns, as "Crown Of Thorns" takes a bitter look at the future of England before the album winds out with "Piano Song." Andy seems intrigued by the chance to perform a more expansive set of songs; save for "Chorus," this is the best sung of all the Erasure albums. Listen to the difference between the operatic campiness of "Drama!" as compared to the deeper coloration of "How Many Times." Not like all is changed, the dance grooves of "2000 Miles" and "Brother and Sister" cook. In fact, the only real dud here is "La Gloria," where the experiment in Latin rhythms misses the target.
Out of the many Erasure albums available, "Wild!" is one of the few I can recommend as a whole album.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a bit spotty Aug. 25 2004
By J. Brady - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This one's a toss up for me. While it contains some of their best singles ever ( Blue Savannah, You Surround Me, and Star ) it also has the "is it camp or it is not camp?" of the song Gloria, with its ill-advised attempt at Latin rhythms. Also, Drama, while once one a favourite of mine, I now see as the overwrought expression it is. And the lyrics are just incredibly heavy-handed.( "The infinite complexities of life"....INDEED). 2,000 Miles and Brother and Sister are two more songs that reach for greatness but ultimately fail, due to the lyrics. Seeing as the best of the songs on this cd were released as singles, and therefore included on the POP! cd ( their first, and best, "BEST OF" ), I can't really see the necessity in owning this one.
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