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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
After their smash 1988 album, 'The Innocents', it was widely believed that Erasure had reached pop perfection and could go no further. Not so. In 'Wild!', the unlikely duo had created a masterpiece, bettering its award-winning predecessor and becoming possibly the most complete album of the decade. 'Wild!' opens with a poigniant instrumental, 'Piano Song', which was refreshingly devoid of synthesizers. It then moved swiftly on the the chart smash 'Blue Savannah', which is still my favourite song to this day. The album then conitunues brilliantly, moving seamlessly from song to song. Highlights include the triumphant 'Drama!', the synth-happy singalong 'Brother and Sister' and the magnificent full version of 'Piano Song'. The minus points? I'm still looking...
What makes this album so great is the fact that the songs merge beautifully despite their diverse nature. The only other albums i know to have done this are 'Automatic for the People' by REM and Van Morrison's 'Astral Weeks', and they are both classic albums in their own right. Perhaps 'Wild!' will one day be seen in the same light. Deservedly so, I think.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
`Erasure's' fourth album may have lacked the message of `The Circus' or the heart aching emptiness of `The Innocents.' But it was also musically diverse and upbeat without feeling as if it had been `Thrown Together.' And in the end, even most of the darker tracks possess a powerful and moving rhythm.

The instrumental version of "The Piano Song" is still one of the best overtures that I've ever heard in my life, flowing rhythmically into "Blue Savannah" with only a brief, silent pause.

The roll of thunder at the end of that track is the clarion call for "Drama." The album then changes pace with the sighful lament of "How Many Times." And then it changes pace once again with the joyful Latin rhythms of "Star" and "La Gloria."

"You Surround Me" is then a return to the style and the soul of the second track before the hard hitting impact of "Brother and Sister." (One of my favourite tracks on this album, but obviously far too dark and meaningful to ever be released as a single.) And whilst "2000 Miles" might have been far more musically upbeat, I'm happy to say that it also possessed a vindictive and venomous edge.

After that, "Crown of Thorns" is a wonderfully deep and powerful stepping stone. And then, the whole experience is beautifully rounded off with the full version of "The Piano Song."

As the title states then, this album is a riveting musical journey, and I would recommend it to almost anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
have been listening to my Erasure back catalog a bit since buying their new Album, Light at the end of the world (which is one of their best albums). When i listened to Wild again this morning the car on the way to work, I realised I'd forgotten just how good this album is. I was in 2nd or 3rd year of High School when I saved up all my pocket money and bought this album and I listened to is constantly until it was later replaced by Chorus (again, another top album). School was a happy time for me and listening to this album just took me straight back to being 12 or 13 again.

The album has such a mix of moods and tempos (which seems to be a hit or a miss with other people from looking at the other reviews). Blue Savannah was the song that really triggered my love for all things Erasure. It was after hearing Blue Savannah on the radio (back in the good old days when Erasure got plenty of airplay!!!!!!!) that I bought this album.

You surround me has to be one of my all time Favourites and listening to Star again reminded me of my high school sweetheart as it was one of her favourites.

It doesn't matter how many reviews you read, every individual has their individual opinion. I gave this album 5 out of 5, perhaps I'm biased cos I'm such a big fan, but the only way to find out is to listen to the album and form your own opinion. The general rule is that if it says Erasure on the album cover, then "it does what it says on the tin". You'd expect (and in all cases find) pure pop magic at it's very best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I echo the previous reviewer's sentiments about fillers on Wild!: '2000 Miles','Crown of Thorns' & the infamous 'La Gloria' aren't likely to feature on many Erasure fans' favourite lists. The rest of the album is top quality: 'Drama!' still sounds superb (most popular track on their 2005 tour!), 'Blue Savannah' & 'You Surround Me' will always be classics and 'Piano Song' is one of their saddest yet most beautiful songs. The excellence of these songs merely highlights how weak the fillers are though. 'Chorus' was more consistent, but the high points on 'Wild!' make it a worthy listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"Wild!" got a mixed reception at the time of its release. It presented a much harder, richer face than the preceding "Innocents". Personally, however, I regard it as a much more rewarding affair. The arrangements are more imaginative, and Andy Bell turned in some of his finest vocal performances.
Opening with the short "Piano Song (instrmental)" most of "Wild!" simple bursts with energy in a way that they never did before (and haven't really done since). And there is plenty of variety between these tracks. >The surging "You Surround Me" is one of their stongest songs and deserved to be a much bigger hit at the time.
The album closes with the tender "Piano Song". Subdued and understated it makes for a damn near perfect, if unexpected, end to the album. This is the only Erasure album that I keep returning to. It has one of their finest covers too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2009
This is Erasure's best album. Not because of any individual track, in fact none of the tracks would appear in my top ten Erasure songs, but because the whole album hangs together so well. Like U2's Achtung Baby, it's possible to listen to the whole album all the way through without any track spoiling the emotional journey. Tracks like '2,000 Miles' and 'Crown of Thorns' are not good examples of Erasure's music in themselves, but as lead-up to the final 'Piano Song' they're haunting and they work. Indeed, the whole album could be taken as the emotional journey of an average person's life, starting with hope and energy and ending with disillusionment and loneliness. Epic, deep and sometimes dark, and certainly not for those who think Erasure is just for peppy dance tunes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2014
If you are an Erasure fan then you will be familiar with the kind of sound and music that made them famous. In 1986 I had their album 'The |Circus' and afterwards in 1989 'Wild' which I subsequently lost. These two albums represent just about the best of Erasure. There isn't a dud track on either. I recently purchased both on Amazon and they came quickly and well packed. The CD's by Mute Records are really good recordings and do justice to the vocals and instruments. I don't think you can go wrong with Wild, if you like 'The Circus'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2014
I lent my copy to a friend years ago and never had it returned and so when I heard Blue Savannah on the radio, I realised how much I had loved the whole disc and so I bought a new one and am still playing it at every opportunity. Saw them in concert years ago at the NEC and they are amazing live and the quality of their stage performance cannot be faulted. True professionals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2014
this cd reminds me of my wild and wicked youth, and I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when it first came out. there's not a bad track on wild. erasure's early stuff was brilliant. I recommend this to anybody who likes pop music, not just electro pop.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2014
Our original copy of this album was stolen when our car was broken into, almost 30 years ago! Recently, I heard a track or two again and just had to get the album. Ah, memories!
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