Bad reviews should be for bad music. This is good stuff!
Lots of negative reviews for Erasure's new album, World Be Gone, that aren't about the quality but seem to be because they haven't provided an album of dance tracks on this occasion. It annoys me because people are complaining it's all ballads with no dance numbers bar the opening single. They've earned the right to do different music sometimes, but this is still recognisably Erasure.
It's a mature, thoughtful album. First I heard it, I admit I was surprised. I gave it several listens, though, letting it seep in. I have to say, they are all very beautiful songs with lyrics ranging from the personal and romantic to the political. It isn't a party album. It doesn't have to be.
Bad reviews should be for bad music. If you only want dance music, there's plenty - but there's only one Erasure, capable of still surprising their fans after all this time. I'm going to give it 5/5 stars because it's absolutely wonderful. Naysayers be damned! Thanks Vince and Andy.
Since when did Andy Bell have a lisp?
What a strange development! The album isn't bad but, since when did Andy Bell have a lisp? Some of the tracks sound like the vocals were recorded at a time when the guy forgot to wear his dentures! Theriouthly!
The songs are great, good or simply lazy efforts. Love You To The Thky,thky,thky,thky is the dreariest culprit and worst single of their entire career!
But all is not lost....most of the rest of the tracks are a different venture indeed. Laid back, classy, downbeat, mellow and melodic ditties full of charms that wash over you without demanding attention like their earlier poppier excursions.
The downside is that lisp! Ruddy awful! I cannot believe that no-one else seems to have noticed this! I hope I'm not being un-pc because I mean no offence to either lispers or the toothless, I simply don't expect it from Andy Bell.
Its nothing like their previous albums but, to me, that in itself is a brave move and overall it is a pleasant enough experience.
Lets hope the diction problem is sorted out for their next offering.
Give it a go if you're a fan, you'll be surprised
This album is definitely a grower. The first few plays there are a few question marks, one being that some of the tracks are really badly recorded.... a real shame. Once you get over that and the 'not so good' first track, you'll appreciate that there is a good Erasure album here after all.
Different but give it a chance
I agree with a couple of people that say 'Love You to the Sky' isn't very good as a single, but it is a bit out of place with the rest of the album. Ignore 'Love you to the Sky' and you have a moody, atmospheric superbly produced album, with 'Just a Little Love' to lighten the mood at the end. The only song I really haven't warmed to is 'Take Me Out Of Myself' which is a bit tortured and goes on a bit. If Erasure put out another album of catchy pop tunes they would be accused of not progressing, but this album is (in my opinion) a fine follow-up to the brilliant 'Violet Flame', and a welcome addition.
Different doesn't mean bad
I have read some of the negative reviews and cannot concur with some of them. This is by no means their worst album. Admittedly it is different as more downbeat throughout but after a few plays a number of the tracks standout. The worst by far is Love You To The Sky, which I tend to skip, however with the need for a radio friendly track I can see why it was added as the lead track. Loving, Still It's Not Over, World Be Gone and Just A Little Love.
A bit slow
By Steve parkes
After a couple of listens it's a bit slow and dreary, but if you go back and play the songs one at a time every 10-15 minutes you'll find they are actually good, this is nowhere as good as the VF, but wouldn't it be boring if it all sounded the same year after year.
By Duxy Lions
Not your typical erasure pop dance tunes, but it is an easy listening reflective enjoyable album.
Great music and brilliant vocals and a different side to erasure that shows off their versatility and talent :)
This album be gone
Sorry, nope, don't like this one bit. After the (in my opinion) 'Violet Flame' album which was their best ever, this has to be their worst since 'Erasure'. I don't like any of the songs. Andy's voice is flat, I don;t like the melodies, some of the lyrics are infantile. There are parts of the songs that I do think ''ooooh this will be good, then it's gone. No song resonates with me which is odd, because usually they do (or some of them). I'm gutted, but I read the reviews before purchasing (I have bought all other 16 albums so I speak as a fan to promote and buy their work), however, this is weak.
Quit your moaning
A very different style of album from Erasure. Seems many moaning Minnie's can't handle this, and want more of the same at all costs.
I have found this a refreshing change for Erasure, a different direction. And after over 30 years, why not? Quit moaning, give it time or stop listening to it. Chill. It's not that difficult and it's not the end of civilisation if you don't like it. Get a grip and have some perspective.
Bring back the old sound
I love Erasure, but this is very very disappointing. No upbeat tracks at all really. Bring back the sounds of the 80's and early 90's. The last album I enjoyed was the 1995 album called Erasure, and any album before that.