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Nightbird Enhanced

4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 25 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00070EBO4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #236,899 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. No Doubt
2. Here I Go Impossible Again
3. Let's Take One More Rocket To The Moon
4. Breathe
5. I'll Be There
6. Because Our Love Is Real
7. Don't Say You Love Me
8. All This Time Still Falling Out Of Love
9. I Broke It All In Two
10. Sweet Surrender
11. I Bet You're Mad At Me

Product Description

With an unmistakable sound and a musical legacy firmly established, Erasure return with their first studio album in seven years, "Nightbird".

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While I love the songs and they stay in my head, the louder parts and crescendos of the CD get very harsh and gritty sounding. There is a great deal of compression/limiting on this CD, which ruins it for me. I set the volume control at a comfortable listening level, but end up turning it down because it doesn't sound very good. This CD is at least 3 dB too loud.
I don't wonder why there isn't a mastering credit on this CD. Whoever mastered this CD did a very good job minimizing the damage they did, but I'm sure they were forced to "make it loud" instead of making it sound good. I wouldn't put my name on a CD that sounds like this.
I am extremely dissapointed with the sound quality of this CD. I was going to buy the singles, but since I can't really enjoy listening to the songs, what's the point? I'd love to be able to take this CD back to the store and get my money back.
Don't get me wrong, I've collected all of Erasure's CDs and singles. They are the only band I've done this for. I've been to every concert of theirs I could get to. I'm just tired of having to accept crappy sounding CDs. I'd pay extra for an "audiophile" version that isn't sonically compromised.
Dissapointed Again,
Chris Hudec
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I've always liked Erasure, but this album has fast become one of my absolute all-time favourites. The first listen, I wasn't sure what to make of it. The next listen, I was hooked. I listen to this CD over and over, almost everyday. It's a great driving CD, BTW.
If you're skeptical, spin tracks 2, 3 and 4 in a row. Play them loud. If those don't move your body, nothing will.
I'm now convinced Andy Bell and Vince Clarke are gifts from music heaven. I'm buying every single and can't wait to hear what comes next.
Simply amazing.
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Erasure's Nightbird has to be one of the most romantic albums I have listened to. It is such a joy to contemplate the ups and downs of relationships through musical relationship therapy. LOL

Unfortunately, this album is not available in vinyl. A re-release in 180g vinyl would be SWEET!
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After too many so so Erasure cd's. This group has finally delivered an entire album of songs worth listening to over and over.
There has not been Erasure album this good since Wild and Say I Say I Say I. Thankfully they have delivered NIghtBird. And it is amazing.
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HASH(0xa317aaec) out of 5 stars Don't call it a comeback.... Jan. 26 2005
By J. Brady - Published on
Format: Audio CD
After reading all the pre-release hype surrounding Erasure's "return to form" on their new cd Nightbird, I was torn. The cynic in me thought the finished product would amount to just that - hype. The optimist ( and Erasure lover ) in me was filled with a mixture of excitement and just a little bit of resentment, because I never thought Erasure "went away". Sure, they experimented with their trademark sound and their songwriting, to mostly negative reception from critics and fans alike. But there were MANY sterling moments on their Nineties albums, especially on I Say I Say I Say, Erasure ( my personal favourite ) and Cowboy. They haven't had a Top Forty hit in well over a decade here, and I doubt that will ever change, seeing our radio charts clogged with teen pop, rap, and mindless novelty dance hits. I am happy to say this album is a keeper, despite ( or perhaps because of ) the fact that most of the songs are ballads or have a nice bouncey mid-tempo. One or two songs step up to a bit of a dance beat, but the minor key melodies and somber lyrics keep them from falling squarely into the Hi NRG camp. Although Nightbird is lacking anything as Hi-NRG as STOP! or DRAMA!, that's not necessarily a bad thing. I personally thought those two songs were a bit over the top, the vocals verging on hysterics. This CD sounds great, in regard to the instrumentation, the production and mixing. Nicely layered but subtle. And it thankfully doesn't have that "LO-FI" indie sound that very nearly - literally - sank Loveboat, their last album of original material, which was full of great songs but sounded awful ( I STILL blame producer Flood for that mess ) . The vocals are warm, rich and considerd. Very adult, and not over the top or showy. Lyrically Erasure have never strayed too far from love songs, and Nightbird is no exception. Sentimental, but not sappy. Very well done, gentlemen. And congratulations on your return to the British Top 5 with the first single "Breathe." I'd go over my list of what I consider highlights, but you know how that goes. What I might like or dislike is not necessarily what someone else would like or dislike. But I can say this: If you were a fan of Erasure in the early days but were turned off by their forays into ambient experiments, or their try at simplistic, lo-fi synth and acoustic guitar songs, or the mixed-results covers album, please do yourself a favour and give Nightbird a listen. Borrow a friend's copy. Or just go out and buy it. I think you'll like it.
45 of 52 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa18cb128) out of 5 stars Erasure is simply the best! Feb. 6 2005
By Heather Walton - Published on
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I have loved Erasure since the 80's and they have always been my favorite group. I adored their 80's pop songs in my 20's, then in my 30's I adored their slower more soulful albums: Chorus, I Say I Say I Say and Erasure. Now I am turning 40 and just got Nightbird last week and I love it too. It took a week to grow on me. My first impression was it was too upbeat and full of too many love songs, but after listening to it for a full week, I really love this album! My favorite songs are song #3 and #5.

There is something inspiring about Erasure's music. I am not religious, and do not know if they are, but their songs touch my soul like no other songs can. Erasure's music is healing, loving, relaxing and moving. This album is very upbeat and will have you dancing. Still it is also deeply moving and touching.

Buy Nightbird, Erasure fans will not be dissapointed.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1b0cce4) out of 5 stars the maturity of Erasure Feb. 16 2005
By cherubino - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I'd like to start by addressing the fans out there that have trashed this album by saying that it isn't as good as (insert your favorite Erasure album here). Tell me, can you identify ONE group from the synth-pop era who is making albums as good as 15 or 20 years ago??? Give Vince and Andy a break!

Not only that, they are OLDER now, I mean do you want to see Andy staggering on as a high-camp queen, kicking up his heels and singing falsetto? They are on a different plane now. Don't tell me that you are the same person you were two decades ago! Everyone grows and matures.

Now, about the album. If you are into comparisons, this fits the Chorus mold, meaning an album that is solid from start to finish, as opposed to a pastiche of different styles, like Wild! In that vein, you could also compare it to I Say, I Say, I Say, I suppose.

Perhaps Erasure could have dared more. It is called Nightbird; maybe they could have played more with the concept of a nightbird. But it is nonetheless a very listenable album.

I cannot believe that there hasn't been more adulation for All This Time Still Falling Out of Love. Everyone seems to be raving about Here I Go Impossible Again, which sounded very OMD the first time I heard it. Not to say that that's a bad thing. But All This Time is very uplifting, and heart-rendering at the same time. Lines like "I want it all" and "God help me" really speak to my heart. Besides, it's a high-NRG, turbo track that you want to crank the volume up for!

Let's Take One More Rocket To the Moon should appeal to I Say fans. I Bet You're Mad at Me sounds almost like something from Chorus, a somber, wintry track. I'll Be There is better than what the critics would have you believe. Sweet Surrender has baffling lyrics, but is another uptempo keeper. I Broke It All in Two is an experience we've all lived. And yes, No Doubt is shades of Sarah Brightman.

All in all, despite the occasional track that sounds a bit generic, this is worth buying. You will like it, as long as you accept that it's no longer the mid-eighties or early nineties!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1c0e3a8) out of 5 stars BACK TO THE OLD ERASURE Dec 22 2004
By Gregg Dee - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If Erasure's last album, "Other Peoples Songs" left you wanting something original from Erasure then this album is for you. Although this album sounds similar to the "Chorus" album from years ago, there is enough newness to this cd that will prevent you from saying, "I've heard all this before." Also note that the remixes for the first single "breath" are really good, with the "LMC extended club mix" as my personal favorite. Although no new ground is broken on this cd release, Erasure is back to their true form with beautiful melodies and original heartfelt lyrics. Out of the eleven songs on this set, there are several standouts such as "sweet surrender" and "all this time still falling out of love." If you are an Erasure fan, buy this album now, it's the best they have done is about a decade!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa157978c) out of 5 stars Which camp do you fall in? April 15 2005
By A. Luna - Published on
Format: Audio CD
As a heterosexual male, I have long been ridiculed by my friends for listening to Erasure. I have never really cared since Erasure produces a certain type of pop you don't hear anymore, especially stateside. Beautiful songs verging on the sublime when they are on their "A" game.

From my observations, there are two groups of Erasure fans. The first group is mostly attractive to them for their fun, catchy songs best epitomized with The Innocents and later revisited in Cowboy. The other group appreciates more their complex, ambient, more mature work seen in Chorus and Erasure.

It seems the first group sees Nightbird as the second coming of Christ. Back to their true form. As a member of the second group, I wish the album would have been more layered and ambient. I agree with a previous reviewer who wrote that after Erasure was not received well critically, they panicked and reverted to the old form of catchy pop hits a la Cowboy. Nightbird is a continuation of this trend.

Don't get me wrong. Nightbird is a great album. All the songs have great melodies, Andy's voice sounds terrific, and Breathe is probably their best single since the days of Chorus. But where are the great background vocals seen in songs like "I Love Saturday," "Star," and almost all of I SayX3 that are hallmark Erasure? Where are the clever intro and endings of songs best seen in "Brother and Sister," "Perfect Stranger," "Take me back," etc? Aside from Breathe, none of the songs on Nightbird enter or exit with any level uniqueness.

These might be minor points, but I miss those little things that made the 1991-95 period their best. As a whole, Nightbird is a breath of fresh air and partly puts to rest my fear that Erasure was through putting out quality work. It seems their Loveboat has turned back toward the right direction.