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The Innocents

4.6 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (June 2 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire-Wbr
  • ASIN: B000002LEI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,524 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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)

Product Description

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.

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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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By A Customer on Aug. 30 1998
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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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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Many people argue that "The Innocents" is Erasure's best album, ever. I think that it's at least their best-selling, but not their best.
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.
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