Erasure (album)

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Erasure
Erasure album.jpg
Studio album by Erasure
Released 23 October 1995
Recorded 1995
Genre Synthpop, ambient
Length 71:25
Label Mute Records,
Elektra Records
Producer Thomas Fehlmann, Gareth Jones
Erasure chronology
I Say I Say I Say
(1994)I Say I Say I Say1994
Erasure
(1995)
Cowboy
(1997)Cowboy1997
Singles from Erasure
  1. "Stay with Me"
    Released: 11 September 1995
  2. "Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer's Day)"
    Released: 27 November 1995
  3. "Rock Me Gently"
    Released: 12 February 1996
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 tracks written 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

2016 "Erasure 30" 30th Anniversary BMG Reissue LP[edit]

Subsequent to their acquisition of Erasure's back catalog, and in anticipation of the band's 30th anniversary, BMG commissioned reissues of all previously released UK editions of Erasure albums up to and including 2007's Light at the End of the World. All titles were pressed and distributed by Play It Again Sam on 180-gram vinyl and shrinkwrapped with a custom anniversary sticker.

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. Archived from the original on 13 September 2014. 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. [permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Erasure. "Erasure - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 

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