Erasure - Chorus (Vinyl)

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Chorus, Erasure's fifth proper studio album, was released on 14 October 1991 by Mute Records in Germany and the UK and on 15 October 1991 by Sire/Reprise Records in the United States. 

No longer making a big American splash outside of its fanbase and alternative radio - and about to be turned into yesterday's news thanks to the techno/hardcore explosion - Erasure on Chorus concentrated on just sounding like itself. With the notable exception of the hypersassy "Love to Hate You," Bell steers away from campiness in favor of a series of gentler meditations and impassioned pleas. "Chorus" itself is another great Erasure anthem, Clarke providing just the right combination of beat and melody for Bell's surprisingly effective tackling of environmental degredation. Other cuts like "Breath of Life" and "Turns the Love to Anger" keep the quicker, more specifically high-paced dance pace going, but most of the best cuts come with the quieter numbers. Happily, rather than revamping the basic ballad format often used on earlier albums, Clarke keeps throwing in unexpected touches while Bell comes up with some inspired and often affecting lyrics. "Am I Right?" reflects on love and aging with a gentle tone and soft hip-hop beat, while "Joan" adds a touch of gospel in Bell's backing harmonies to a more prominent breakbeat with equally fine results. Also intriguing is how the final songs of the album, while individually not among the band's best, still blend together to provide an excellent conclusion, from the wistful philosophy of "Siren Song" and the romantic entanglement of "Perfect Stranger" to the concluding "Home." Something of a sequel to "Hideaway" set a few years later, Bell sings of continuing to follow his own path over lovely backing from Clarke, a fine way to end the album.

 



Big fan of Erasure and their early career. Vince Clarke had just left Depeche Mode, quit the Yazoo project and found a female/male singer. Their early albums (86-89) are sprinkled with great tunes and naff filler but here on Chorus (1990), they finally found their step. A 10-track album stuffed with great songs, which included 4 singles (back at a time when releasing a physical single on 7", 12" and CD was the way to do it). 

The opening title track kicks things off in a brilliant style. it's post-futuristic musings about 'The birds have all gone' / 'All the fishes in the sea have gone to sleep' echo a dystopian future ahead at a time when everything seemed great. Even the album tracks jump out like they do on no other Erasure album, especially 'Joan' & 'Turns the love to Anger'. Obvious hit singles 'Love to Hate You' & 'Breath of Life' extend the shelf life of this lovely little album which sounds even better on vinyl.

 

By: JMontana


A1 Chorus
A2 Waiting For The Day
A3 Joan
A4 Breath Of Life
A5 Am I Right?
B1 Love To Hate You
B2 Turns The Love To Anger
B3 Siren Song
B4 Perfect Stranger
B5 Home



Phonographic Copyright (p) – Mute Records Ltd.
Copyright (c) – Mute Records Ltd.
Recorded At – Polygone Studios
Recorded At – Chateau Du Pape
Mixed At – Chateau Du Pape
Engineered At – Chateau Du Pape
Engineered At – Polygone Studios
Published By – Musical Moments (Europe) Ltd.
Published By – Sonet Publishing Ltd.
Published By – Andy Bell Music
Credits
Design – Me Company
Engineer – Joel Theux*, Vinod Sodhi
Mixed By – Dave Bascombe*
Photography By [Erasure] – Monica Curtin
Producer – Martyn Phillips
Written-By – Clarke/Bell