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Make it wonderful
on 20 November 2013
With 'Snow Globe' Erasure deliver a seasonally-themed album of carols and classic Christmas songs, plus a handful of new compositions. Over the thirteen tracks, Vince Clarke's music is stripped right back, presenting an enticing pallet of warm, electronic minimalism. With this sparse backing, Andy Bell's wistful and soaring vocals are given plenty of space to shine, really cementing the heart and soul of the album.
Though there are a couple classic Erasure-style pop stormers ('Loving Man' and 'There'll Be No Tomorrow')- which could easily add sparkle to any Christmas party- many of the tracks featured here have a darker and almost eerie tone ('Sleep Quietly' and 'Bleak Midwinter'). However, you'll be pleased to know that nothing gets so sombre that you're left crying into your eggnog. Among the tracks there are also moments of quirky and refreshing experimentation: 'The Christmas Song' is rendered as an 8-bit chip tune and 'White Christmas' features vocals recorded live in a subway (complete with background ambience). A special mention should also to go to 'Gaudete', which turns a sixteenth century, Latin-sung carol into a no-nonsense electro stomp, complete with spectacular vocal harmonies and ominous, bell chimes.
If you want a Christmas album that has a traditional flavour, but with a slightly alternative twist, then 'Snow Globe' is definitely worth a purchase. Even if you're the sort of listener who avoids this sort thing, there's still plenty to enjoy beyond the Christmas motifs.