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Light At The End Of The World Limited Edition

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  • Audio CD (June 19 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Mute U.S.
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #188,351 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Sunday Girl
2. I Could Fall In Love With You
3. Sucker For Love
4. Storm In A Teacup
5. Fly Away
6. Golden Heart
7. How My Eyes Adore You
8. Darlene
9. When A Lover Leaves You
10. Glass Angel
11. Be My Baby (bonus track)
12. I Don't Know Why (bonus track)

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Recorded in Autumn 2006 in a converted home studio in Maine, LIGHT AT THE END OF THE WORLD is ERASURE'S return to pop form after 2006's critically-acclaimed acoustic album, UNION STREET. Features the single, I Could Fall In Love With You. Andy Bell declares: "This album is to show people that our pop isn't finished... it's saying we can still do it, we can still write great songs". DELUXE LIMITED VERSION COMES IN HARD-BOUND BOOK

After something of a departure--two live discs and the unplugged Union Street (2006)--Erasure returns to full electronic form. From the languid opening wash of "Sunday Girl," Andy Bell and Vince Clarke make no bones about wearing old hats. Most of Light at the End of the World works within the familiar confines of the vintage Erasure formula, drunk on everyman synthesizers, listing through painfully vague and obvious rhymes. ("I get really repetitive because I don't read enough!" Bell admits.) Backed a long-studied love of pop, gospel, and the dance floor, Bell and Clarke revel in this stuff. "Sucker for Love" and "Fly Away" dabble most obviously in such pap, but the band still packs a few surprises, if only for the devoted. "Storm in a Teacup" tackles the alcoholism of Bell's mother in a rare confluence of straightforward storytelling and concrete imagery, and despite being an insincerely fictitious character study, "Darlene" moves with a syncopated, driving bounce that Erasure has rarely, if ever, found in 22 years of mid-tempo electro-meandering. If you don't like Erasure already, you probably won't take a shining to Light at the End of the World. If you do, let's hope their world spins on. --Jason Kirk

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Format: Audio CD
Since the first time I've listened to LATEOTW I took it as the album that I've been expecting from Erasure since they released Cowboy. I mean they finally recorded another upbeat album after 3 slower works (Loveboat, OPS & Nightbird). Ok, it has been a great experience to see Erasure recording more 'mature' and even challenging ones, but it's awesome to discover they still can sound as full of energy as when they were younger. All its 10 songs follow the basic rules from pop without any guilt as usual, but it sounds even more inspired to me in relation to their last ones. Many great (or even terrific) hooks can be heard all through its 10 songs and Andy's lyrics still talk about love most part of the time, what isn't a deffect when you own a skilful hand to write as Andy does, and they continue to be accessible/bittersweet, but they are more creative if you compare them to Nightbird's ones. You can verify this on reading the lyrics from Darlene (Andy should write more ones about fictious girls. Do you remember the also brilliant Joan?!), Sunday Girl (or "try not to lose your stable relationship because of a sassy girl that you met on a dance club") or Storm In A Teacup (a touching family drama which is partially autobiographical). Regarding Vince's synths, he continues to prove why he's a wizard in inventing and re-inventing electronic sounds to let Erasure's music always sound fresh. And his melodic sense keeps intact indeed even after 21 years of career. He has never forgotten how essential a good melody is, no matter how noisy Pop Music has become after the Eighties.Read more ›
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb2d3fb40) out of 5 stars STOP! Stand there where you are...and DON'T buy this version of the CD!!! May 22 2007
By Daniel W. Kelly - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Immediately search for the album again and get the 'limited edition' version with the two bonus tracks. It's less money than this version--and the two bonus tracks are two of Erasure's best!!!
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb2d5490c) out of 5 stars a stellar erasure release April 19 2007
By M. Lohrke - Published on
Format: Audio CD
it's hard to believe that erasure's been churning out the hits for nearly 22 years now. after a couple of lackluster and questionable releases (namely 'other people's songs), 'a light at the end of the world' really is a return to erasure's glory days. and since i'm not a big fan of saying 'it's their best since...,' i can say with certainty that it's certainly my *favorite* erasure album since 'i say, i say, i say' because it holds a lot of the same fairytale charm as the latter.

erasure was, is, and will always be about making your rearend shake. after the somewhat meloncholy 'nightbird,' 'a light at the end of the world' is dancefloor stomper after dancefloor stomper. it's in this arena they've always excelled ('victim of love,' 'sometimes,' chains of love,' etc, etc, etc). the opener, 'sunday girl' is a worthy opener: lots of energy, nice use of minor chord verse and major chord chorus. the first single, 'i could fall in love with you,' is in the same vein as 'don't say your love is killing me,' and 'run to the sun.' a great first single. hi-nrg, of sure. by the time you hear 'sucker for love,' (a disco-inspired romp)it's pretty clear erasure went for it all--and succeeded wonderfully. these are some of the best songs they've done in ages. 'storm in a teacup' is a nice ballad that also uses some nice minor/major chord combos. for me, the standout is 'fly away.' it sounds like it belongs on 'i say' and incorporates some of vince's best chord structures, a great bridge, and a great chorus. at the end of the album, you realize there's nary a bad track to be found. it's everything you want in an erasure album. and i mean everything: danceable, catchy, andy's insane vocal range, and lots of fun.

if there's any criticism (and i use the term lightly), andy bell ran out of lyrical ideas about 1994, but it hardly matters. the positive is that he delivers what he has with lots of pure emotion and sincerity, so it's really pretty easy overlook--after all, with music like this it's all about the execution, and they're firing on all cylinders. erasure never pretended to be a band concerned with artistic merits or breaking new ground, nor should they. they were my first concert back in 1988, and i'm happy to report that 22 years into their career they still have *it.*
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb2e741ac) out of 5 stars Vintage Vince and Andy - Welcome Back Erasure! May 30 2007
By Jason Fisher - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I've been an Erasure fan since the beginning -- unlike many who got on board much later, I actually remember the rare Thomas the Train cover for "Oh L'Amour" -- and I have to say this is a terrific album! After the interesting but ultimately unsatisfying reinvention for "Union Street" and the equally interesting but not terribly original "Other People's Songs" -- and let's not even talk about "Loveboat", this is a much-needed return to their vintage synth-driven sound.

More upbeat and peppy than "Nightbird" (which I also loved), "Light at the End of the World" sounds like a cross between "Cowboy" and "Wild!" to me -- with a little bit of "Chorus" and "I Say I Say I Say" thrown in for good measure. "Sucker For Love" sounds like an updated version of "La Gloria", and it's even more fun. "Sunday Girl" is a perfect synthpop masterpiece. "I Could Fall In Love With You" puts me in mind of "Don't Say Your Love Is Killing Me", and so it goes on with all Vince's vintage bleeps, buzzes, and knob-twiddling. By the way, if you've got quick ears, you'll also here echoes of "Always", "Treasure", "Snappy", "Crown of Thorns", and even "March On Down The Line". Listen closely! :)

It sounds like he's dusted off some of the old analog keyboards and sequencers, to great effect. Andy's vocals are in tip-top shape, only stretched a little on the deepest notes (like the notes he used to lose himself in so beautifully on "You Surround Me"). A fantastic album, and it couldn't come at a better time.

Welcome back, Erasure!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb2d0e264) out of 5 stars Doing What They Do Best May 22 2007
By DAJ - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Erasure hasn't made all-out uptempo dance music in a while, and to make up for that lack, they hit us 1-2-3 with their best disco songs since 1995's "Cold Summer's Day." "Sunday Girl" is a tour-de-force--a song about what happens to fickle lovers when the lights are low and the music is high. It is their best single in years. They follow this with "I Could Fall in Love With You," currently riding high on the US Dance Charts, and the manic, beat-heavy, dramatic "Sucker for Love." The vocal bridge on this last song is stunning. Andy Bell's singing on all these tracks is strong, forceful and melodic. Hearing him belt out these tunes, we are reminded that he is not only a very good singer, he is one of the all-time great dance divas.

Lest you think "Light at the End of the World" is an all-night dance party, the next three songs are gorgeous ballads, beginning with the highly personal "Storm in a Teacup." "Fly Away" and "Golden Heart" showcase Andy's soaring vocals. His singing and vocal arrangements throughout the album are focused and strong.

The synth arrangements on "Sunday Girl," with it's retro-disco touches, and on "Sucker for Love" are attention grabbers, but most of the rest of the backing tracks are fairly low-key. There are some nice touches sprinkled throughout, but there are also some jarring moments--like the overly shrill bridge on "Storm in a Teacup." Overall, the arrangements serve as a nice backdrop to showcase the strength of the songs. Of the last four songs, the other real winner is "Darlene."

Erasure is enjoying a wonderful renaissance, begun with "Nightbird" and continuing here. 20-odd years on, they continue to produce satisfying, sometimes transcendent songs.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb2e742f0) out of 5 stars Work of art Aug. 17 2007
By B. Craig - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I have most of the erasure albums and this one doesn't dissapoint. Sunday Girl and I Could Fall In Love With You are catchy and easily draw you in. Erasure has always been top-notch at crafting love songs, and they don't stray too much from that territory this time either, Sunday Girl being one exception. After having listened to Andy Bell's solo album and being very impressed with it, I was hoping some of the guts from that album would be present on this one, and I can see that there are some. However, after Sucker For Love plays, it seems much of the album takes on a softer tone. I usually play the faster tracks and skip the softer ones till I'm in that mood. They are all well-crafted songs and as a whole the album is a work of art. Sure to please those already familiar or new to erasure. However I'm still hoping for the next album to take no prisoners and get more edgy.

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