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The Andy and Vinnie Show Continues Into the New Millennium with a Return to Retro Form with Flood Back at the Helm Once Again. In Case You Haven't Been Listening to the Last Few Albums, the Boys have Been Writing Some of the Best Songs of their Careerand this One Already Has the Critics Abuzz Ready to Welcome them Back to the Mainstage.
Along with the Pet Shop Boys, Erasure long-ago cornered the market in pure synth pop. While credited as early exponents of house, techno and club culture, both duos have at their core an unashamed love of the catchy hooks and anthemic choruses of pop, but their latter day releases have featured an added component: subtly. For Erasure--considering the hands in the air exuberance of hits "Stop!," "A Little Respect," and the sequins and glitter of their Abba tribute EP Abba-esque --Loveboat's seductive tunes and sensitive words are almost excessively subtle. Despite the pounding beats of "Perchance To Dream," the sci-fi electronica of "Here In My Heart," and the album's title, their ninth studio album isn't about the joy of love, but the pain that goes with it and indulges in melancholic melodies and a sense of longing that takes the pair straight back to those early bitter sweet hits "Oh L'Amour," "Sometimes," and "Victim Of Love." Sequin-free and relatively sedate, Loveboat, for all its subtleties, still has its share of addictive tunes--"Aliens" and "Freedom" prove that they've lost none of their penchant for pop and can still write a catchy classic when they put their minds to it. --Dan Gennoe
Top Customer Reviews
My initial reaction to the album was a desire to corner Vince and Andy and ask them to tell me, with a straight face, that they actually thought this was a good album to put out. With repeated listens, there are seven songs that are either decent or great, and four that are truly horrible and best forgotten.
The good songs:
Freedom- Perhaps a little naive thematically, but still a good single. The lyrics are kind of esoteric, which isn't a bad thing. I especially love the line, "You've got to believe."
Where in the World- Yes, it's mixed wrong. At least three or four times during the song, you hear feedback! Still, Andy sings it in the lower register of his voice, and lyrically it's quite melancholy, without being sappy.
Alien- A very relaxing, dreamy song, with that addictive "ooh-ah." The sound mix is right, and it's a shame that it wasn't released as a single. The only minor complaint is that at the end of song, you hear a brief reprise of the song, at a very low volume, for more than a couple of seconds! (Hope I explained myself there!)
Here in My Heart- Another would-be single, very uplifting and full of energy. Classic Erasure.
Love is the Rage- I can't bring myself to like the first line, "Woman, if I were your woman...". Gee, Andy, how can you sing that with a straight face? Anyhow, it's a guitar-laden track, again slightly distorted, but very different from most anything else they had done to date.
Catch 22- Sonically, it's a more relaxed version of Here in My Heart.Read more ›
That being said, Loveboat the follow up album to Cowboy finally is getting released in the US and its about time. Apparently, Maverick (the US label of Madonna's who released Cowboy in the US) was not impressed with this effort and refused to release it. It wasn't until Mute, Erasure's UK label set up a North American branch that we are finally getting an official release of this album. Like their self-titled "Erasure" album it's a highly experimental album featuring a lot less synth sounds that previous efforts. This is certainly not Cowboy. However, there are some standout tunes on this, thanks in part I believe to Andy's strong vocals.
Freedom-a poor choice for a single in my opinion as it was the 1st from this album released overseas and not a strong start. It's guitar heavy which isn't necessarily a bad thing but just not catchy.
Where in the World-a strong ballad, I like Andy's haunting vocals on this
Crying in the Rain-not a favorite and definitely not a "typical" Erasure song...not bad
Perchance to Dream-argueably the worst track on the album, suffers from too much bass in my opinion
Alien-should have been a single...a great catchy Erasure song!
Mad As We Are-not a fan favorite but one of my favorites just for Andy's vocals. Hauntingly powerful!
Here In My Heart-probably the most typical Erasure sounding song on the album and a very decent catchy track!Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Loveboat~ Erasure is a misnomer for this sorry effort. The album should have been called Titanic 2 since one has a sinking feeling through the entire album and it never gets any... Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by B. Viberg
Concur with the reviewer who was very disappointed with the sound quality of Penchant to Dream. That was the only song where Andy Bell's amazing voice could potentially be... Read morePublished on May 31 2004
I don't know why this album is getting such low marks on here. I picked this one up the other day and its been in my car stereo ever since. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2004 by Kevin
This really isn't a very good album, I'm sorry to say. For years, Erasure have been giving the world terrific pop music, characterized by beautiful melodies and singing, while... Read morePublished on Dec 11 2003 by C. C. Cotham
Don't know why they even bothered releasing this in the states three years after the fact (Maverick wouldn't release it originally because it was so bad). Well, it's STILL crap! Read morePublished on Dec 3 2003 by Creative Pulse