April 2, 2010
There is so much to respect about Andy (Erasure) Bell, notably his career longevity, his sense of humor/style (they're intertwined) and his role as an AIDS advocate. Suddenly he has a new solo album out on May 25 and it's called Non-Stop. His last solo record had a set of lovely songs, including a duet with the legendary Claudia Brucken of Propaganda. This one, however, could be quite mega because it is co-produced and co-written with Pascal Gabriel, most recently responsible for tracks with Ladyhawke, Marina and Goldfrapp.
The odd bit. The album conclude with Honey If You Love Him, a duet with Perry Farrell (of Jane’s Addiction). What? The press release also has this intriguing bit: "He has even purposely changed his vocal register and style for much of Non-Stop, putting clear blue water between his soulfully electronic solo voice and his gleaming, poppy Erasure work." Not sure what the "clear blue water" bit means, but it sounds poetic.
The first single is Call On Me, out May 10th, but two songs are already out. Both were originally released in Europe under the moniker Mimo (really, why?!)
Will You Be There via iTunes UK / Amazon UK / iTunes US / Amazon US - the Seamus Haji mix of this is vv good, though I think the better new song is Running Out - via iTunes UK / iTunes USA / Amazon
XO's Top Ten Plus One Andy Bell/Erasure Songs
Fingers And Thumbs my favorite
Love Oneself (with Claudia Brucken)
A Little Respect
Don't Say You Love Me
Let's Take One More Rocket To The Moon
Abba-esque (all of it)
Rock Me Gently (acoustic version)
Spiraling (acoustic version)