80s ALBUM FILLERS OR POTENTIAL SINGLES PART 6: ERASURE
This is a new series, I will listen to all the 80s albums released by the decade’s artists and judge the songs that were not singles (in the UK) from an album. I will give my opinion whether the remaining songs were just fillers or could have been singles. How many singles I can find will determine the final rating of how good the album is as a whole. Below 49% = Poor/50-64% = Average/65-79% = Very Good/80-100% = Excellent. There will be a different artist each blog. I am a big fan of all the artists I review in this series, so I have to think hard if the song would wow the chart public, even if they are my favourite songs!
PART 6: ERASURE
Members – Vince Clark(Synthesizer/Keyboards/Guitar/Violin/Piano/Bass/Mandolin/Melodica/Vocals)/ Andy Bell (Vocals).
Who Needs Love Like That/Reunion/Cry So Easy/Push Me Shove Me/Heavenly Action/Say What/Love Is A Loser/Senseless/My Heart…So Blue/Oh L’amour/Pistol.
Who Needs Love Like That (#55)/Heavenly Action (#100)/Oh L’amour (#85).
Reunion – Sing along chorus, lovely melodies, repetitive but very catchy!
Cry So Easy – The closest Vince and Andy got to a power ballad, really nice melodies again, lovely tune.
My Heart…So Blue – Gorgeous song, brilliant lyrics and very emotive, classic Erasure ballad.
Push Me Shove Me (Not a great track, a little bit bland and too long)/Say What (A hint of Swing but seems a little confused at what its supposed to be to me)/Love Is A Loser (Sounds like its been made on a Stylophone by two rookie kids, a bit simple but the “dancing across the nation” almost lifted it to a good S Club 7 song)/Senseless (Doesn’t grab my attention at all, similar all the way through)/Pistol (Not great lyrically or musically).
Average album! 6 singles from 11 tracks. 54.5/100.
THE CIRCUS (#6) (1987) –
It Doesn’t Have To Be/Hideaway/Don’t Dance/If I Could/Sexuality/Victim Of Love/Leave Me To Bleed/Sometimes/The Circus/Spiralling.
Sometimes (#2)/It Doesn’t Have To Be (#12)/The Circus (#6)/Victim Of Love (#7).
If I Could – Has enough nice sentiment about making the world a better place and a nice melodious backing track to make this a hit.
Hideaway (Atmospheric but little to grab a singles buying public)/Don’t Dance (Kind of meanders along with no real kick, even in the chorus)/Sexuality (I quite like this song, but maybe wouldn’t get the radio friendly vote)/Leave Me To Bleed (A bit of a mish mash)/Spiralling (Nowhere near catchy enough or emotive enough to be a hit).
Average album! 5 singles from 11 tracks. 50/100.
A Little Respect/Ship Of Fools/Phantom Bride/Chains Of Love/Hallowed Ground/Sixty-Five Thousand/Heart Of Stone/Yahoo!/Imagination/Witch In the Ditch/Weight Of The World/When I Needed You/River Deep, Mountain High.
Ship Of Fools (#6)/Chains Of Love (#11)/A Little Respect (#4).
When I Needed You – Beautiful lilting song, emotion driven.
Hallowed Ground (A nice song, well constructed but not a hit single)/Sixty-Five Thousand (Instrumental, almost jazzy detective show soundtrack)/Witch In The Ditch (Reminding me of a school assembly song, bland)/Weight Of The World (Tries so hard to get that kick but doesn’t quite make it)/River Deep, Mountain High (Close to being the worst version I’ve heard of this classic, sorry guys!).
Average album! 8 singles from 13 tracks. 61.5/100.
WILD! (#1) (1989) –
Piano Song (Instrumental)/Blue Savannah/Drama/How Many Times?/Star/La Gloria/You Surround Me/Brother And Sister/2000 Miles/Crown Of Thorns/Piano Song.
Drama (#4)/You Surround Me (#15)/Blue Savannah (#3)/Star (#11).
2000 Miles – has enough to carry this, but not a great Erasure track, this album for me is a disappointment and this is the best track which sums that feeling up.
Piano Song (Instrumental) (1 minute instrumental, obviously not a hit single)/How Many Times (Drifts along nicely but has nothing to grab your attention)/La Gloria (Not good at all, the “accent” Andy is giving only adds to the drabness of this song, was probably a good idea at the time!)/Brother And Sister (Tries to be a theatre produced concert song, doesn’t work at all)/Crown Of Thorns (Atmospheric, but the Erasure electronic pop “hit” seems to have disappeared)/Piano Song (A poor and slow end to a poor and slow album, sad to say).
Poor album! 5 singles from 11 tracks. 45.5/100.
My favourite 80s Erasure tracks?
Top 20 in no particular order –
20 Phantom Bride
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