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|10. Witch In The Ditch|
|11. Weight Of The World|
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|13. River Deep, Mountain High (Private Dance Mix)|
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
I love the synthesizer tones that Vince Clarke employs in The Innocents to create the simple, but upbeat and memorable hooks. The synth tones are acoustic sounding (much of them resembling "electronic" harpsichords) and layered for a very full, rich sound. For some reason "A Little Respect" and "Ship Of Fools" scored a lot higher in the charts upon this album's release than the other songs but my favorite tracks, by far, are "Yahoo" (a gospel-themed song which is very upbeat and dancy) and "Imagination."
I don't quite give this a 5-star rating: The songs are a little too simple and there's one or two fillers that are kind of lame (such as "Sixty-Five Thousand.") Otherwise, it's definitely one of their best, probably their most accessible, and every Erasure aficionado should own it.
Most recent customer reviews
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
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 morePublished on Feb. 18 2004 by Oded Regev
This is quite simply, not only the best ERASURE CD ever produced, but in my opinion the best CD of all time produced. Read morePublished on May 13 2003 by John Hunton
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 morePublished on May 4 2003
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
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 morePublished on Dec 11 2002 by Kindle Customer
"The Innocents" is the third studio album from Vince Clarke and Andy Bell, and it's still their strongest and most consistent album. Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2002 by The Groove
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 morePublished on Aug. 7 2002 by Gregory K. Laffin