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Brilliant yet hugely disappointing
on 7 October 2011
After 4 years of waiting Erasure offer Tomorrow's World. 9 songs of varying quality. The double album offers a further track with various demo's and remixes of the album.
I started off being hugely impressed. The first two tracks on the album are elegantly pop-py with a real twist added by Frankmusic's heady and heavy production; they are clearly excellent tracks worthy of being released as singles.
From here on in we begin to lose focus though 'What Will I Say When You're Gone' offers a glimpse of Vince's antique synth pop beginning to come to the fore (after the heavy production of the first 2 tracks) but then we get 'You've Got To Save Me Right Now' which, for me, is a truly awful track followed up by a weak and strangely remix-y and 90's techno 'A Whole Lotta Love Run Riot'.
'When I Start To (Break It All Down)' was the first single from the album and is followed up by the Situation-esque 'I Lose Myself'. Remember, however good Situation was, it was the B-Side to the Yazoo single 'Only You' (remixed and released in it's own right in 1990). 'Then I Go Twisting' again appears to be a remix-y 90's techno track and is incredibly weak. 'Just When I Thought It Was Ending' doesn't fit with what's gone before.
And this is the problem. What we get here are some brilliantly developed songs with excellent production that would fit snuggly into any of the last 25 years of Erasure and fit perfectly into today's music market. But we also get some over-produced pap that Frankmusic has probably felt has had to be completely re-invented to make it sound OK.
The remixes and demos on the 2nd CD are interesting. The 10th new song is 'Give Me Life' and isn't worthy of being a B-Side track (hence why it's dumped onto this 2nd CD).
Lyrically, Andy seems to have become stuck in some form of Love-Labyrinth too. The Nightbird album had weak lyrics at times; Light At The End Of The World was musically and lyrically lazy, and Tomorrow's World appears to follow this trend. Maybe it's time to let Vince take a bit more control with both the music and lyrics.
I bought this album as I'm a huge fan of Vince Clarke. I'd love Erasure to return to the top of the charts but this album won't do it and sickening as it feels I think they are running out of ideas. 9 tracks would suggest that's the case. For crying-out-loud boys, prove me wrong!