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This is a highly personal project for both Vince and Andy, both in terms of the songs and the production: Nightbird is the first Erasure album to be solely produced by Erasure themselves. Listen to the lyrics and you'll soon realise that this is ultimately about love; both the good and bad sides of it. The 11 tracks represent a nice mix of slow and up-tempo numbers. Ever present are Vince's trademark synths that make up the catchy riffs and simple bass lines, some of which wouldn't sound out of place on some of Erasure's earlier 90s releases, and Andy's vocals sound as strong as ever. Standout tracks on this solid album include "Here I Go Impossible Again", "Because Our Love Is Real" and "I Broke It All In Two".
If one criticism can be made, it's the lack of Digimpro: anyone who's tinkered with remixing Breathe, the first single taken from the album, with the free Digimpro software that's on the second CD single will be itching to mix some more. Nightbird, however, is without doubt one of Erasure's best pieces of work to date and, while it doesn't quite match the magic of listening to The Circus or The Innocents, its catchy riffs and clever lyrics will become lodged in your brain for some time. Ultimately, Nightbird has the perfect balance of classic pop tunes and sombre love songs. --Martin S
I believe Erasure will be farming in new fans in Early 05'! Many of a new generation to be sure...
They've had a severe dip in recent times, and I certainly was worried they'd never return to past glories. Fortunately, they have. I know the whole 'return to form' is such a cliche, but it's absolutely fitting in this case.
I had the very good fortune to see them live in concert a few weeks ago (thanks Ken!) and they played a good number of songs from this album, and they translate exceptionally well in front of a live audience ('No Doubt' and 'I Bet You're Mad At Me' were just amazing). I left that concert feeling on top of the world.
The five stars isn't a balanced review - I admit that. There's nothing new with this album - it's Erasure by numbers. If you don't like Erasure, you never will, so go look elsewhere. If, like me, you used to like them - please give this a go - it's a wonderful album. It's easy with the deluge of new acts to forget about older acts - but these guys run rings around the competition.
Andy Bell has never sounded so good (and from the concert - has never looked so good also!) - his voice is just amazing. I've got SO much respect for him.
Class tracks here are 'No Doubt', 'Here I Go Impossible Again', 'Breathe', 'Dont Say You Love Me' and 'I Bet You're Mad At Me' (one of the finest songs they've ever done).
I will await the next album with anticipation now!
I am delighted that Erasure has gone back to their original style in writing and producing.
Andy & Vince have created one of their best albums to date with this album, I cannot fault it in anyway, I was hooked the minute I heard it.
Erasure doing what they do best, classic pop songs and melodies. A rollercoaster of emotions. The songs are some of the finest the boys have created, stirring emotions of Love, Hate & Tragedy....
Don't Say You Love Me, Lets Take One More Rocket to the Moon & Breathe are the best tracks and I look forward to the single releases.
Well done Andy & Vince on creating this album, you have restored faith in your fans. A great start to 2005, with undoublty one of the 'BEST ALBUMS' of the year.
What Vince and Andy have created here is a masterclass in electro-pop. From beginning to end this album oozes class, yet does so in a very soft and comforting way. The use of very soft basslines has made this album very very special indeed, as has the tip of the hat back towards Wonderland.
Some of this album seems quite 'tongue-in-cheek' to me, almost as if you can see Vince and Andy grinning like Cheshire Cats as you listen.
Despite the fact that this is unmistakably Erasure, and that there is a welcome return to some of the older sounds, this album still sounds surprisingly fresh. The perfect antidote to the rest of the dross around at the moment. If you're not a fan of Erasure, try this - you may like it. If you are, why haven't you bought it yet?