Beautiful, thoughtful ballads
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.
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.
Disappointing - Love boat for the 21st century
Like others are saying I was amazed with The Violet Flame which was, in my opinion, and am sure I reviewed it as such, the best since Chorus. Things for erasure reached and all time low at Love Boat but on first listen (on vinyl which I was so looking forward to) this may actually be worse than that. Very little to get hooked into, and I also thought Love you to the sky was a poor choice of single but I can see why that was the one released. I doubt this album will be troubling my turntable for long. Hoping Saturdays concert in Glasgow doesn't have too much of this or it'll be multiple visits to the bar! I think we need another album soon to recover - sand if they want to do something different then an "Erasure" type album woudl be good.
After 30 years these two underrated pop masters are doing what they do best, meaningful synth pop with perfect production and classic songwriting, there just isn't enough of this in the world right now, long may they continue to do this, world be gone is already a classic and it's up there with their finest work, how many bands can pull that off 30 years in ? Don't read reviews of a lot of fools on here that posted reviews of the album before it had even been released or heard ??? If you loved erasure of old this album is like meeting with an old friend you've missed for years so just do it 👍
Still it's not over
By Tim Rav3n
Andy's layered harmonies, crisp lyrics; Vince's extraordinary melodies. World Be Gone will wallop the more thoughtful listener. Three decades into their career and Erasure produce a striking set of songs such as these? An album to provoke, an album that puts Erasure's serious side out front. Yeah, I totally love it.