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  • Audio CD (24 Jan. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
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  • Label: Mute
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Nightbird, Erasure's first album of new and original material since 2000's rather disappointing Loveboat, sees the boys enter a new stage in their long partnership with a self-produced, well-crafted slice of pure synth loveliness, which squashes any rumours that Andy and Vince are no longer the purveyors of fine pop they once were.

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

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By A Customer on 4 Dec. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Nightbird is the first album of original Erasure material since 'Loveboat' which was released back in 2000.
The result I have to say is very impressive indeed. Gone are the poor lyrics and quality from the 'Loveboat' album. Nightbird is full of catchy classic Erasure music, in fact many of the songs on Nightbird bare a striking resemblence to Erasure's music from the 1980's and early 1990's when they were at their peak.
There really isn't a dull moment on Nightbird. Of course there are favourite tracks on the album, but even the tracks I consider to be the weakest songs on the album are still very catchy.
The key tracks on Nightbird include Let's Take One More Rocket to the Moon, Breathe, I'll Be There (my personal favourite on the album!), Because Our Love is Real (a very close second favourite!), All This Time Still Falling Out of Love, I Broke It All in Two and I Bet You're Mad At Me.
There honestly isn't a single thing wrong with Nightbird. I think Erasure have a top 10 album on there hands here and it is easilly the best Erasure album since 'Chorus' back in 1991.
Overall, Vince Clark and Andy Bell really have delivered the goods this time.
2005 is going to be Erasure's comeback year if the quality of Nightbird has anything to go by.
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By A Customer on 27 Dec. 2004
Format: Audio CD
What a pleasant surprise this album is...a sound for sore ears to be sure! With a less than favorable set of albums before it, Nightbird vanquishes the stigma we've been left to fight with for the last 4 years! The album opens with No Doubt, a gr8 song of ethereal nature, and sets the stage for the angelic environment Vince and Andy have weaved together. Other songs that stand out are "Let's Take One More Rocket To The Moon", the 1st single "Breathe", "Don't say you love me", and my new favorite erasure tune "All this time falling out of love". Each very distinct from the last and each with its own special spark of genius baked right in!
I believe Erasure will be farming in new fans in Early 05'! Many of a new generation to be sure...
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Having received this album early last week, I was still in shock over their last album 'Other Peoples Songs' this was a very big disappointment to me.
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.
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Erasure have been with me off and on throughout my music-appreciating lifetime. They've written some of THE defining pop songs of my generation, and I stand up and applaud the fact they're still writing brilliant material together.
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!
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By A Customer on 27 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I am not a die-hard Erasure fan, I admit. I own Wonderland, The Innocents, Chorus and Loveboat. However, having read the reviews of Nightbird, I decided I would give it a go, as I have been a fan of Vince since the ealry days of Depeche Mode, and have been missing his particular brand of electro-pop.
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?
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