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Other Peoples Songs
|1. Solsbury Hill - Peter Gabriel|
|2. Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime - The Korgis|
|3. Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me) - Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel|
|4. Everyday - Buddy Holly|
|5. When Will I See You Again - The Three Degrees|
|6. Walking in the Rain - The Ronettes|
|7. True Love Always - Buddy Holly|
|8. Ebb Tide - The Righteous Brothers|
|9. Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley|
|10. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - The Righteous Brothers|
|11. Goodnight - Cliff Eberhardt|
|12. Video Killed the Radio Star - The Buggles|
Erasure's tenth studio album, & the follow up to 2000s critically acclaimed 'Loveboat', features the duo's unique take on some of their favorite songs. Recorded over 2001 with Gareth Jones, best known for his work with Depeche Mode, the album includes a diverse selection of tracks originally made famous by the likes of Buggles, Cockney Rebel, Buddy Holly, The Righteous Brothers & The Korgis. Mute.
Erasure is at the top of the list of synth-pop groups who have transcended the genre's inherent limitations, and Other People's Songs demonstrates why they've stood the test of time. These are not remixes or samples; in fact, the arrangement apple never falls far from the tree. The selected pop tracks from the latter half of the 20th century are rendered through Vincent Clarke's effervescent sensibility and Andy Bell's emotive vocals. Most dance-club covers have a shelf life that barely outlasts the last call. But as on Abba-esque, their homage to Abba, Erasure meticulously nurture and revitalize rainbow-colored covers, this time making Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill" and Buddy Holly's "Everyday" sweet but not bubblegum-flavored. Erasure has a stockpile of signature sounds, many of them used here to tie together disparate but instantly recognizable pop songs into Erasure songs. --Beth Massa
Top Customer Reviews
Easily the best tracks for me are tracks 1(Solsbury Hill),
3(Make Me Smile), 9(Can't Help Falling in Love) and 11 (Goodnight).
I've always like Elvis' CHFIL but this version just is soo lovely and I love the harmonys and techno music mix to it. Solsbury Hill is also lovely sounding without it sound like the original and fresh enough to enjoy listening to both versions. I had never heard track 11's original version, still haven't, but if it is even half as good as the remix it is a very good song. If it isn't then Erasure has really done an amazing job on this piece, very poignant and soft.
All the other songs are of varying degrees of delight and disinterest my least favorite being tracks 2 and 12. I think the rehash of the Buggles, Video Killed the Radio Star is extremely dull and uninteresting with a silly cheap sounding synth voiceover and dull music. It doesn't have half of the life of the original and I was very disapointed since it was something I thought Erasure would do a fabulous remix of. But then I wasn't expecting to enjoy the Elvis remix it is by far my favorite. And track 2 just does nothing for me, not horrible but not interesting either.
Solsbury Hill-I just recently listened to the original of this and I'm sorry but Peter Gabriel's version doesn't hold a dime to Erasure's version. This is brilliant and an excellent 1st single.
Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime-there are some nice vocals on this and I like the bleeps but it's an average track overall.
Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)-This sounds like it was written by Erasure...even though it is a cover. Brilliant and dancy. I love this song!
Everyday-at first I really liked this then the kazoo sounding blips started to wear on me and now it's just an average track.
When Will I see You Again-Sounds decent enough and Andy has good vocals but just doesn't shine.
Walking In the Rain-a decent cover and also a decent Erasure track. Good song, no perfect but good.
True Love Ways-Andy's vocals scream on this track. Brilliant! I love it! Vince's melodies highlight Andy's vocals well on this cover.
Ebb Tide-I also think this is one of the better tracks on the album. Different, unique, I think would make a good choice for 3rd single if there is one.
Can't Help falling in Love-I sometimes skip this track because I honestly am not a fan of the song. It's not a bad cover it just is not great either
You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin'-Ok, I know it should be 3rd single over ebb tide because not only is it well known but it is brilliant too!Read more ›
Rather than see the songs as "remakes", critics should take a step back and consider how well done each effort comes across. "When Will I See You Again" and "Can't Help Falling In Love" ARE INDEED songs that should be remade, their timeless classics and Erasure puts their own staple on them that only THEY can. Solsbury Hill is a bit overrated I think, simply because it is the first single and Erasure fans have shown their support.
Most recent customer reviews
Other People's Songs~ Erasure. I just have one thing; stick to your own songs...Published on June 22 2004 by B. Viberg
It surely breaks my heart that Erasure, who has the best male singer in the world, could make such an effortless piece of work. Read morePublished on June 16 2004 by Melissa
Let me start off by saying I'm a huge Erasure fan. I have all their CD's and even the boxed singles sets. I have yet to come accross an Erasure CD I didn't like...Until now. Read morePublished on April 4 2004 by Brian Harker
Great idea - the most commercial of the dead mid 80s - 90s Euro-pop invasion spelunking their record collection, I licked my lips in clichéd anticipation at the absurdity -... Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2004 by J. christian
I feel as if I owe Erasure a debt of gratitude ever since I read the lyrics to 'Hideaway' on their Circus album 16 years ago. Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2004 by ander
Erasure does a great job of covering various artists in this album. From solisbury hill(peter gabriel), make me smile(harley and rebel), when will I see you again(the three... Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2003 by Amazon Customer
I'm terribly disappointed. I don't know what else to say, really. The worst crime for me, with a band that I love, is to be BORING. I'm bored by this album. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2003