NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - ERASURE "THE INNOCENTS"

THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)

ERASURE





"THE INNOCENTS"



I have everything by Erasure and although "Wonderland" and "The Circus" were good albums this third album really showed the great songwriting and maturity in the sound.   I remember first hearing Erasure and I thought it was Yazoo, as Andy Bell sounded very much Alison Moyet (Alf) from Vince Clarke's previous dual partnership.  The Erasure Synthpop sound became their own, great little Pop tunes with sublime melodies and foot tapping choruses.  However, this album as I said, was more mature and showed a deft craft to song composition.

The album contained two of my favourite singles from the band, the quite wonderful emotive song, "Ship Of Fools", a really lovely song and the classic party singalong song "A Little Respect" (some might remember the great Wheatus cover version in 2000).  "Chains Of Love" competes the trilogy of single releases with its almost Motown Soul structure and catchy chorus.


"Phantom Bride" is perfect 80s electronic Pop, catchy, bright and breezy and a nice positive uptempo number while "Hallowed Ground" sounds a little like "A Little Respect" backing slowed down a touch but with mysterious ambience and downbeat vocals from Andy.

The instrumental "65,000" is a Jazzy almost Art Of Noise type track which you would probably hear on a detective show theme, a little like Dragnet maybe?

"Heart Of Stone" is classic Erasure, foot tapping Electro Pop with a memorable and singalong chorus.

"Yahoo!" is a great song, absolutely love this.  Bright Pop and with a catchy chorus that has a Gospel-like backing harmonies.

"Imagination" is a little disappointing but the repetitive catchy chorus redeems it a little, seems too simple and the same goes for "Witch In The Ditch" which for me is quite bland and just reminds me of a school assembly song!

"Weight Of The World" fits in nicely with the theme of this album, it has elements of the 3 singles but just in need of a kick to make it a memorable song, although the chorus is quite nice.

Another favourite of mine is the beautiful "When I Needed You", full of emotional vocals from Andy, and the song itself is a Synthpop classic ballad. 

The cover version is not the best I have heard of "River Deep, Mountain High" but I guess we can excuse the guys to have a little fun with one of their favourites.  Its one of those songs that needs a big vocal and not an Electronic backing.




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