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Cowboy Import

2.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (May 13 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Maverick
  • ASIN: B000002NH0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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1. Rain
2. Worlds On Fire
3. Reach Out
4. In My Arms
5. Don't Say Your Love Is Killing Me
6. Precious
7. Treasure
8. Boy
9. How Can I Say
10. Save Me Darling
11. Love Affair
12. Magic Moments

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Format: Audio CD
I agree that this isn't Erasure's finest album, but my gosh, it's not that bad! I've been listening to it a lot lately, in fact.
This album has some sentimental value for me. The first (and only) time I have seen Erasure live in concert was a promo tour that they did prior to the release of Cowboy, playing small venues, like Numbers in Houston. And I met a guy there that would provide my first "experience" <wink>
Anyhow, if nothing else, I think that In My Arms is one of their finest singles ever, bar none. In fact, I think that In My Arms resulted from an evolution that started with Chorus and continued with Always. Sonically, I think few other singles match its "frisson".
If you pay attention to the lyrics, you will detect a water theme that runs throughout the album. This theme starts, obviously, with Rain. On the promo tour, Andy sang Rain, and it was thrilling to hear a future single before hearing it on disc! The crowd loved it. On the studio album, Rain works beautifully in tandem with the next track, Worlds on Fire. Another reviewer described this song as a "skip over", which baffles me. It's a poignant, melodic song that reminds me a little bit of Turns the Love to Anger (from the Chorus album), not so much in how it sounds, but the message. "We are space, a lonely race, a speck of dust upon the face."
Reach Out and Touch Me, though catchy, never fully satisfies me, probably due to the male backing vocals, which do not mesh well with Andy's. Also, what bothers me is that "dum, dum-dum, dum, dum" hook that sounds like it came from the single, Stop!, just taken down an octave.
Don't Say Your Love is Killing Me has its fans, but I find it highly disappointing.
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Format: Audio CD
Maybe I expected too much from Erasure after the back-to-back successes of "I Say I Say I Say" (1994) and "Erasure" (1995) - two brilliant yet completely different records. By comparison, "Cowboy" seems relatively uninspired. It's Erasure on autopilot, if you will.
The key components of the Erasure sound are certainly here: Andy Bell's soaring vocals and Vince Clarke's electronic wizardry. But there's a lack of variety to the material and a sense that they're playing it safe. The spark of ingenuity that marked their previous two records is missing.
There are definitely some tuneful tracks here, particularly "Rain," "Worlds on Fire," "In My Arms" and "How Can I Say." But nothing here matches the brilliance of "Sono Luminous" or "Take Me Home," or the infectiousness of "Run to the Sun" or "I Love Saturday." Some of the songs - particularly "Save Me Darling" and a treacly rendition of "Magic Moments" - are positively cringe-inducing. There's also a tepid cover of Blondie's "Rapture," a misfire that foreshadows 2003's disappointing "Other People's Songs."
Since "Cowboy" does capture the form (if not the substance) of Erasure's sound, I do recommend it to anyone who just can't get enough of the band. But if you want to hear Erasure at their best, take a pass on this one.
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Format: Audio CD
Cowboy~ Erasure is one of their worst efforts to date. It is like they did not even try very hard. I agree with one reviwer, this is Erasure on auto-pilot and that is not very good even for Erasure.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa34f6d20) out of 5 stars Remarkable return to form. Aug. 11 2000
By Augustus Caesar, Ph.D. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
After 1995's expansive, experimental "Erasure" album, and its subsequent poor sales and decidedly mixed reception (even among fans), Erasure returned to their roots on 1997's "Cowboy." The emphasis here is on hooks, melodies and catchy arrangements (Andy Bell said "Cowboy" is "ultrapop")--nothing deep, nothing innovative. And it works perfectly. With Vince Clarke's melodic gifts still in fine form and Andy Bell's voice as clear and pristine as ever (in addition to his romantic, occasionally awkward lyrics), "Cowboy" is the fourth straight near-perfect pop album from Erasure. Some bands fade creatively as the years go by--Erasure continues to improve. From the crashing, shimmering opening chords of "Rain" to the last emotive note of "Love Affair," this is one of music's finest songwriting collaborations doing what they do best: writing classic pop songs without angst or apologies. If you're new to Erasure, "Cowboy" is the perfect place to start. If you're an Erasure fan already, it will remind you of why you fell in love with their music in the first place. Either way, buy "Cowboy"--you won't regret it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa34f6d74) out of 5 stars THE GREATEST ERASURE TO DATE! June 8 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I've owned COWBOY since it hit the stores back in 1997. It's a CD that continues to make me smile even two years later. WORLDS ON FIRE, HOW CAN I SAY, SAVE ME DARLING, AND LOVE AFFAIR are some of the best sounds and melodies from this super duo! After reading some of the reviews, I decided to pop the CD in my player and listen. I'm enjoying it again. This would be one of the CD's I'd consider taking to that deserted island we all talk about...If you own older Erasure CD' your self a favor and buy COWBOY. You will be pleased with the purchase! I saw Erasure on the COWBOY tour and it was fantastic. It's nice to see so many devoted fans in one venue!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa34f6f48) out of 5 stars One of the best Erasure CDs in my humble opinion. Jan. 21 2005
By Goahead - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Wow, so many different reviews here from bad to really good. Here's my scoop: I have every Erasure CDs except their very first one. Erasure is famous for their melancholy, upbeat, searching-for-love songs. Personally, I like their more happier upbeat songs than their "sad" stuff. Cowboy CD is one of their most upbeat CDs that I know. That's why I love it so much! To me, it sounds like a "greatest hits" CD. Another good one is I Say, I Say, I Say. My least favorite in their 90's release is their no name titled CD in 1995. It's rather slow, more sad, melancholy stuff that it sounds too dragging and monotonous to me.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa34f8588) out of 5 stars Still Erasure's Strongest Album to Date Nov. 13 2004
By Damion J. Rowan - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Erasure's "Cowboy" is, by far, one of the most brilliant albums to emerge from the 90's. As the decade was coming to a close, two of the most talented men in music dipped back to instruments popular in the 80's and put together a collection of songs that captured everything that was good in the 80's on an album released in 1997. Not an easy task...and they did it seamlessly and made the 80's sound contemporary all over again.

Absolutely brilliant.

This album features, by far, some of the best work this exceptional duo has recorded. After the mediocre "I Say I Say I Say" album and the highly disappointing eponymous 1995 release, Erasure released an album that saved their name and revived a style they helped mastermind so many years prior.

With the ultra-catchy and melododic dance tunes "Rain", "Reach Out" and "In My Arms," they proved that they found their groove again at making exceptional three-minute pop songs with heart that you couldn't get out of your head, while keeping with their tongue-in-cheek brilliance with the infectious "Don't Say Your Love is Killing Me."

Having been an Erasure fan for eighteen years, and living with the moments of perfection and the moments of disappointment, I can easily say that, thus far, this is their best album, and a must for any fan and anyone curious as to why this duo have been around for so long.

Check out their new album, "Nightbird" and single, "Breathe," in stores in January 2005 around the world.

I know I will be waiting with baited breath.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa34f85ac) out of 5 stars Erasure still manages to make infectious music! Nov. 3 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Upon listening to the CD for the first time, I was already captured by its melodic hooks and memorable lyrics. Vince Clark and Andy Bell are truly endowed with songwriting skills that are as consistent as Benny and Bjorn from Abba. There's no song on this album to dislike. Each is its own little gem and is loads of fun! To best enjoy Erasure, sing along with Andy with all of his vocal fluctuations. Erasure has maintained its foothold in the world of music as people who make pop music in their unique way, and as a result has transcended all fashions. There's no one best track on this album since they are all excellent. If you care about feeling good, buy this CD!