Erasure (album)

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Erasure
Studio album by Erasure
Released 24 October 1995
Recorded 1995
Genre Synthpop
Length 71:25
Label Mute Records,
Elektra Records
Producer Thomas Fehlmann, Gareth Jones
Erasure chronology
I Say I Say I Say
(1994)
Erasure
(1995)
Cowboy
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Erasure was the seventh studio album by Erasure, released in 1995. It was produced by Thomas Fehlmann (of The Orb) and Gareth Jones.

An overtly experimental and introspective album, Erasure contains eleven, mostly mid-tempo tracks that differed from their past output of shiny, three-minute pop songs. Most tracks clocked in at five minutes or more, several contained long synth interludes, and guest artists included the London Community Gospel Choir and performance artist Diamanda Galás.

Although appreciated for its experimental nature, Erasure marked the beginning of Erasure's slide from the peak of their popularity in the mainstream music world.[citation needed] Coming off four consecutive number-one albums in the UK, this album failed to hit the top ten and two single releases also missed the UK top ten. After a successful top twenty debut on the Billboard 200 for their previous album I Say I Say I Say, Erasure debuted and peaked at number eighty-two in the U.S. and generated no Hot 100 singles. In Germany the album also peaked lower than previous albums, at number eighty-seven.

Some polls have shown this album to be a favourite among fans of the band.[2][3]

In an interview with DJ Ron Slomowicz circa 2006, Erasure was asked for their favourite album from their own catalogue. Bell stated "It's a toss-up between "Chorus" and the self-titled "Erasure" album from 1995."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Andy Bell and Vince Clarke

No. Title Length
1. "Intro: Guess I'm Into Feeling"   3:38
2. "Rescue Me"   6:10
3. "Sono Luminus"   7:51
4. "Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer's Day)"   6:44
5. "Rock Me Gently"   10:01
6. "Grace"   5:54
7. "Stay With Me"   6:43
8. "Love The Way You Do So"   6:43
9. "Angel"   5:32
10. "I Love You"   6:29
11. "A Long Goodbye"   5:34

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Austrian Albums Chart[5] 33
Canadian Albums Chart[6][7] 43
German Albums Chart[8] 87
Swedish Albums Chart[9] 26
UK Albums Chart[10] 14
U.S. Billboard 200 Chart[11] 82

Personnel[edit]

  • Andy Bell – vocals
  • Vince Clarkesynthesizers, programming
  • Diamanda Galás – vocals
  • Paul Hickey – background vocals
  • Ruby James – background vocals
  • London Community Gospel Choir – choir, chorus

Production[edit]

  • Dave Bascombe – mixing
  • Blaise Dupuy – engineer
  • Thomas Fehlmann – producer
  • George Holt – engineer
  • Ian Huffam – mixing assistant
  • Gareth Jones – producer
  • François Kevorkian – mixing
  • Mike Marsh – mastering
  • Patrick McGovern – mixing assistant
  • Ashley Potter – illustrations
  • Lloyd Puckitt – mixing
  • Sly Smith – artwork
  • Andy Strange – mixing assistant

References[edit]

  1. ^ "allmusic ((( Erasure > Review )))". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  2. ^ "Erasure » Album Reviews » Onge's Erasure Page". Onges-erasure-page.co.uk. 1998-12-01. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  3. ^ "Erasure FAQ : What are the most popular songs/albums?". Thunderguy.com. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  4. ^ http://dancemusic.about.com/od/reviews/a/ErasureUSInt_2.htm
  5. ^ Steffen Hung. "Erasure - Erasure". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  6. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  7. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  8. ^ "charts.de". charts.de. 1995-10-23. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  9. ^ Steffen Hung. "Erasure - Erasure". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  10. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Erasure by Erasure Search". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013. 
  11. ^ Erasure. "Erasure - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 

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