September 27, 2011
Erasure 2011: Stream their new album, Tomorrow's World
Erasure are now streaming their new Frankmusik-produced album, Tomorrow's World. At a lean 9 tracks and 30 minutes - old school! - initial standouts are the lovely, airy What Will I Say When You're Gone and the surging Then I Go Twisting. Like several of the songs, though, you feel like the latter ends before it really lifts off. Regardless, this album represents an attempt to subtly take a risk, which has been Erasure's albatross after years of tepid albums.
I am not a huge fan of the first single, When I Start To (Break It All Down). It's their most melodic release in years, but there's something shrill about the vocal, like it's just out of Andy's range. Another track, A Whole Lotta Love Run Riot, sounds as if it was ripped from Frankmusik's own new album. Do It In The AM, out today worldwide. Following his own amazing debut, the follow-up is a real disappointment... samey tempos, little depth. If you want one of the decent tracks, try Ludicrous.
Stream Erasure's Tomorrow's World
Oddly, despite the album's short length, the band put the title track only on the b-side of their single (you can find it on iTunes). It's an instrumental, but it's quality. The digital versions will contain some extra songs, including the darker Give Me Life.
Tomorrow's World is released next week, on October 3. Idolator really likes it, but I still think the cover is a bit... vaginal.
What do you think of what you're hearing? Better than previous work or... not?