Loveboat (album)

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Loveboat
Studio album by Erasure
Released 23 October 2000
Recorded 1999-2000
Genre Synthpop
Length 44:54
Label Mute Records
Producer Flood, Erasure
Erasure chronology
Cowboy
(1997)
Loveboat
(2000)
Other People's Songs
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Release Music Magazine 6/10 stars[2]
Entertainment.ie 3/5 stars[3]
Pop Matters mixed[4]
Splendid Magazine mixed[5]

Loveboat, Erasure's ninth full-length studio album, proved to be their least successful in terms of sales and charts since their debut Wonderland in 1986. Produced by Erasure and Flood, it was released in the UK by Mute Records in 2000. Erasure's U.S. record label at the time, Maverick Records, shelved the album because of "lack of hit singles." Largely panned by Erasure fans [6][7] upon its release (and even by Andy Bell years after) because of its greater use of acoustic guitars, its lo-fi feel and heavy-handed bass sounds (many blame Flood's production work), the album did manage to get some positive reviews by music critics.

Loveboat failed to hit the Top 40 in the UK and two singles were released, although only one was eligible to chart. Maverick Records requested the re-recording and remixing of several tracks from the album before they would agree to release it. Although "Moon & the Sky" was reworked, Maverick never released it and dropped Erasure from its artist roster. Three years after its UK release, Mute Records secured rights to finally release it in its original form in the U.S. in 2003.

It was actually released in the States after Erasure's follow-up album Other People's Songs. Loveboat did not chart on the Billboard 200.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Andy Bell and Vince Clarke.

  1. "Freedom"
  2. "Where in the World"
  3. "Crying in the Rain"
  4. "Perchance to Dream"
  5. "Alien"
  6. "Mad as We Are"
  7. "Here in My Heart"
  8. "Love is the Rage"
  9. "Catch 22"
  10. "Moon & the Sky"
  11. "Surreal"

Release history[edit]

Country Date
United Kingdom 23 October 2000
United States 17 June 2003

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
position
German Albums Chart[8] 48
Swedish Albums Chart[9] 57
UK Albums Chart[10] 45

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