Union Street - Erasure Album Review
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Posted: 8th April, 2006
Erasure has always been full of surprises - this is no exception. Twenty years into a brilliant pop career and 14 million sales behind them, Erasure revisit songs from their glittering back-catalogue. Recorded at intimate Union Street studio in Brooklyn New York, Vince Clark and Andy Bell decided it was time to,
Show the songs in a different light, and show that they could work on whatever instrument, synthesisers or guitars
We found this cool guitarist (Steve Walsh) with a cool studio and decided to use both.
Like many a supposed acoustic album, in theory this isnt either, but the use of more traditional instruments like banjo, flute and pedal steel, they give this album an almost country and western feel, alongside radical arrangements. Including one top 20 single Stay With Me, the remainder are album tracks; it matters not, because theyve certainly done their homework on making this superb collection sound as though they should have done it before. Their trademark infectious synth-pop has been abandoned for deeper artistic values, though Andy Bells falsetto singing is still a highlight however, he does drop it down on a few occasions, with great effect. Its a bold, even experimental step which is without doubt a resounding success. The makeover brings new meaning to lost gems that prove theres more to Erasure than exotic stage shows and dance orientated pop anthems. A graceful album in every way.
Best tracks Tenderest Moments and tear jerking closer Rock Me Gently.