The Violet Flame

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The Violet Flame
Erasure Violet Flame.jpg
Studio album by Erasure
Released 22 September 2014
Recorded 2014
Genre Synthpop
Length 35:39
Label Mute
Producer Richard X, Erasure
Erasure chronology
Snow Globe
(2013)Snow Globe2013
The Violet Flame
(2014)
Always: The Very Best of Erasure
(2015)Always: The Very Best of Erasure2015
Singles from The Violet Flame
  1. "Elevation"
    Released: 15 September 2014
  2. "Reason"
    Released: 24 November 2014
  3. "Sacred"
    Released: 16 March 2015

The Violet Flame is the 16th studio album by English synthpop duo Erasure. The album was released through Mute Records on 22 September 2014 in the UK, and 23 September 2014 in North America.[1]

Overview[edit]

The album contains original tracks written by band members Vince Clarke and Andy Bell, and is produced by Erasure and Richard X. Its first single, "Elevation", was released as a prelude to the album, with a coinciding world tour. A subsequent single, "Reason", was released on 24 November 2014.[2] and a third single "Sacred" on 16 March, 2015

The Violet Flame track list was revealed on 18 July 2014.[3]

On 28 September, the album charted at #20 on the official UK Albums Chart, giving the duo their first Top 20 album since Other People's Songs in 2003.[4] In the US, the album entered the Billboard 200 at #48, giving Erasure their first Top 50 album since 1997's Cowboy. The album fared better on the US Dance/Electronic Albums chart peaking at number #2

Track listing[edit]

The Violet Flame was released as a standard CD, a deluxe 2CD, a digital download, a double album in a gatefold sleeve (featuring The Violet Flame on violet vinyl on one disc and six remixes on white vinyl on the other -made possible through PLEDGE MUSIC if reached more than 500 pre-orders which did-), and a limited edition 3-CD box set which includes the original album as well as additional material.[5]

All tracks written by Andy Bell, Vince Clarke and Richard X.

No. Title Length
1. "Dead of Night" 3:16
2. "Elevation" 4:17
3. "Reason" 3:43
4. "Promises" 3:46
5. "Be the One" 3:43
6. "Sacred" 4:06
7. "Under the Wave" 3:46
8. "Smoke and Mirrors" 3:48
9. "Paradise" 3:23
10. "Stayed a Little Late Tonight" 3:51

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Czech Republic Albums Chart[6] 30
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[7] 5
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[8] 41
Irish Albums Chart[9] 53
Irish Indie Albums Chart[9] 14
Scottish Albums Chart[10] 19
Spain Promusicae[11] 100
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 37
UK Albums Chart[13] 20
UK Indie Albums Chart[13] 4
US Billboard 200[14] 48
US Dance/Electronic Albums[15] 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ERASURE ANNOUNCE 'THE VIOLET FLAME'". Erasure Information Service. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-18. 
  2. ^ http://shop.lexermusic.com/index.php?p=product&id=848&parent=45
  3. ^ "UPDATE: Erasure's 'The Violet Flame' Tracklist, "Elevation" Single & Fall Tour Openers: Premiere". Idolator. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-18. 
  4. ^ "The Official Chart". BBC Radio 1. 28 September 2014. Archived from the original on October 31, 2010. Retrieved 2014-09-28. 
  5. ^ "The Violet Flame Deluxe Box Set". Pledge Music. 11 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-18. 
  6. ^ "Hitparada". ifpicr.cz. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  7. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Erasure – The Violet Flame". Hung Medien.
  8. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH.
  9. ^ a b "AU Charts". irma.ie. Retrieved 2012-09-26. 
  10. ^ "Scottish Album Charts". The Official Charts Company. 4 October 2014. Archived from the original on September 1, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Top 100 Albumes". Promusicae. 
  12. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Erasure – The Violet Flame". Hung Medien.
  13. ^ a b "The Official Charts Company". The Official Charts Company. 28 September 2014. Archived from the original on October 31, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Erasure chart history; Billboard 200". Billboard magazine. 2 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Erasure chart history; Dance/Electronic Albums". Billboard magazine. 2 October 2014.