"I have been a fan since their first album, Wonderland. and this is my favorite Erasure album.
Because it is brilliant in the way Pink Floyd's the Wall is brilliant...well, not really. Anyway, you get my point.
Erasure's Erasure feels and plays like an experimental album, with each of the songs somehow seguing into the next effortlessly. The songs themselves are unorthodoxically structured, with layered sounds that never cease to amaze even after multiple listenings. Kudos to Vince.
Andy's vocals are brilliant here. He is able to convey emotions and feelings into his songs unlike he has before or since. My favorites are Sono Luminous, Rescue Me, Fingers and Thumbs and Angel.
The songs are atmospheric, moody and melodic, and they never get boring.
Erasure at their finest."
The best of a good duo
Aeirould | San Diego, California United States | 07/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This relatively little known album is clearly the best work Erasure ever produced.
It doesn't have any "breakout hits", all it has is a large collection of really amazing songs. With this album, they took some risks and stepped out of the "Pop Music" machine.
"Rock Me Gently" goes to places you'd never expect them to go, and does so successfully. The participation of Diamanda Galas on a few other tracks stands out as well.
"Sono Luminus" also stands out as one of my favorite tracks they ever laid down.
If you like *any* Erasure, you must, I repeat MUST get this disc."
Erasure at it's absolute and foremost best
Miguel Barrio | New York, NY | 06/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this album a gazillion years ago. Loved it from the first play, which is odd since the stuff I like best I tend to not quite like at the beginning. The sonic landscapes and inuendos painted by Clarke and the amazing delivery by Bell are breathtaking. Vince, Andy: Thank you!"
Erasure tries to get arty
Tim Brough | Springfield, PA United States | 03/28/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
""Erasure" was Vince and Andy's attempt at making an atmospheric record. I remember someone at the time calling this a gay version of Pink Floyd, with Vince trying to go for the ethereal. Unfortunately, when your forte is snappy 3 minute pop songs, bringing in Diamanda Galas to wail overtop the instrumentals in more annoying than it is art. The end result was this stumble by the heretofore dependable Erasure.
The problem lays mostly in the songs. Only "Rescue Me" measures up to the snap of past hits, and "Fingers and Thumbs" comes close. "Rock Me Gently" is the most successful in the art vs commerce experiment, but gets bogged down in the overlong arrangement. You certainly can't blame them for trying to evolve out of their box, but for a band that has a CD in my desert island box ("Wild!"), I can reliably say that "Erasure" is a CD that you can pass on if you're just discovering Vince and Andy's fine body of work.