A beautiful, haunting and cosmically atmospheric album for troubling times. And through it all Vince and Andy remind us that love will see us through if we don't give up and give it a genuine try.
«World Be Gone» landed in the Google Play store at midnight this morning and I have had the album looped since then. The songs are prophetic, sage, loveful, calming, immediately moreish, crisp and very well produced. Listening to both vocal and sound (what I have termed erasaural in the past to describe their original sound). One can hear in the music a lifetimes culmination where the talent is reaping itself at its apex. Andy's haunting vocal also only seems to improve with age complementing exactly the music it is supposed to, and does, being the one half of a replete, talented duo who have excelled at spreading as well as invigorating a positive state of pure Love in the listener. erasaural indeed...
Better then the last album and certainly better than "tomorrow's world", but that's not saying much. With this new album "world be gone" there are only 2 songs with stand out as classic erasure 'be careful what you wish for' and 'world be gone' songs you would want to sing too or at least tap your toes too. However that's as far as it gos, as the rest of the album encourages neither. The so-called contemplated mood of this album is to be commended as its a huge step for Andy to stop singing about loving someone which has been the topic in each and every song since Night bird. However the slow and flat tunes of this less then melodic effort seems to be nothing but an apology for his lack of vocal range. Surly A weakness if you want to make catchy pop songs. His voice can longer hit the high notes comfortably and is much deeper now. No longer the the versatile voice that had such a range that made them great in the first place. Its all to apparent the songs for this album like the one before it, are written around a voice that's becoming worse with each album. Erasure gained success with catchy pop songs and a singer with a melodic voice. But the songs are no longer melodic nor have any of them been since night bird. Andy's voice is now flat and gasping for breath. he seems to shout rather then sing. and Vince is now keyboard by numbers with minimum effort, if one compares his work to previous albums such as 'Corus' and 'wild' and the 'Innocents' masterpieces where every song was lavish and beautifully made. This album like the last few albums that erasure have released is weak
Erasure is like a fine wine. Every album brings something new and fresh. Standout songs are the amazing album track "World Be Gone" and "Be Careful What You Wish For". A must have for any fan of Vince and Andy.
Without counting the first single, which gradually does not sound any stranger to me, the rest of the album surprises me positively. I'm really enjoying every song.
Long time no hear