Light at the End of the World

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Light at the End of the World
Erasure - Light at the End of the World.jpg
Studio album by Erasure
Released 14 May 2007 (Japan)
21 May 2007 (UK)
22 May 2007 (North America)
Recorded 2006-2007
Genre Synthpop
Length 39:23
Label Mute Records
Producer Gareth Jones
Erasure chronology
Union Street
(2006)
Light at the End of the World
(2007)
Tomorrow's World
(2011)
Singles from Light at the End of the World
  1. "I Could Fall in Love with You"
    Released: 2 April 2007
  2. "Sunday Girl"
    Released: 11 June 2007
  3. "When a Lover Leaves You"
    Released: 24 September 2007
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 70/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
bbc.co.uk 5/5 stars[3]
Digital Spy 5/5 stars[4]

Light at the End of the World is the thirteenth studio album by English synthpop duo Erasure. The album's release was announced on the band's website on 26 January 2007 in a video message from members Vince Clarke and Andy Bell.[5] It made the UK Top 30 upon its release.

Background[edit]

The album was released by Mute Records in the United Kingdom on 21 May 2007 and in North America on the following day, 22 May. The Japanese release date was 14 May 2007, and bonus tracks and a music video are included in that version. The album's first single, "I Could Fall in Love with You", was released in the UK on 2 April 2007, and in North America the following day. "Sunday Girl" (not the Blondie song of the same name) is the second single, released in the UK on 11 June 2007 and in North America on 18 July.[6][7] "Storm in a Teacup" and "Sucker for Love" were slightly remixed and released as promo singles.

The album touches upon themes of love and the ups and downs of relationships (which are familiar lyrical Erasure territory), while "Storm in a Teacup" references singer Bell's mother's alcoholism.

The album is available as two different editions: a standard 10-track CD album (CDSTUMM285) and a special 12-track deluxe limited edition CD album (LCDSTUMM285). As with its predecessor, 2005's Nightbird, Light at the End of the World was not released on vinyl, although its singles were all given commercial seven-inch releases.

Track listings[edit]

All tracks written by Andy Bell and Vince Clarke.

Standard version (CDSTUMM285)[edit]

  1. "Sunday Girl"
  2. "I Could Fall in Love with You"
  3. "Sucker for Love"
  4. "Storm in a Teacup"
  5. "Fly Away"
  6. "Golden Heart"
  7. "How My Eyes Adore You"
  8. "Darlene"
  9. "When a Lover Leaves You"
  10. "Glass Angel"

Limited edition (LCDSTUMM285)[edit]

  1. "Sunday Girl"
  2. "I Could Fall in Love with You"
  3. "Sucker for Love"
  4. "Storm in a Teacup"
  5. "Fly Away"
  6. "Golden Heart"
  7. "How My Eyes Adore You"
  8. "Darlene"
  9. "When a Lover Leaves You"
  10. "Glass Angel"
  11. "Be My Baby"
  12. "I Don't Know Why"

Japanese edition (TOCP-66677)[edit]

  1. "Sunday Girl"
  2. "I Could Fall in Love with You"
  3. "Sucker for Love"
  4. "Storm in a Teacup"
  5. "Fly Away"
  6. "Golden Heart"
  7. "How My Eyes Adore You"
  8. "Darlene"
  9. "When a Lover Leaves You"
  10. "Glass Angel"
  11. "I Could Fall in Love with You" (Monteverde Extended Mix)
  12. "I Like It"
  13. "I Could Fall in Love with You" (music video)

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.

This marked the first release of this album on vinyl.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
German Albums Chart[8] 42
UK Albums Chart[9] 29
U.S. Billboard 200 Chart[10] 127
U.S. Billboard Top Electronic Albums Chart[10] 2
U.S. Billboard Top Independent Albums Chart[10] 13
U.S. Billboard Top Internet Albums Chart[10] 127

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Light At The End Of The World by Erasure". Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ "403 - Forbidden: Access is denied.". Retrieved 3 October 2016 – via www.bbc.co.uk. 
  4. ^ Digital Spy review Archived 13 May 2007 on Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Erasure • News • Latest News Archived 15 January 2008 on Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Erasure • Releases • Albums • Light At The End Of The World
  7. ^ "HMV - Music, Films, & Games - hmv.com". Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "charts.de". charts.de. 18 May 2007. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  9. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Light At The End Of The World by Erasure Search". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c d Erasure. "Erasure - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-24.