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The Violet Flame

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  • Audio CD (22 Sept. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B00LK5Y6BI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,528 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Dead Of Night
  2. Elevation
  3. Reason
  4. Promises
  5. Be The One
  6. Sacred
  7. Under The Wave
  8. Smoke and Mirrors
  9. Paradise
  10. Stayed A Little Late Tonight

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The brand new Erasure album 'The Violet Flame' was recorded in New York and London and produced by Richard X. The album follows 2013's critically acclaimed Snow Globe, and is the band's sixteenth studio album release.

Formed nearly 30 years ago, the award-winning songwriting duo of Vince Clarke and Andy Bell unleashed on the nation a succession of both influential and chart-topping pop anthems of the '80s, '90s through to today. Songs like 'A Little Respect', 'Sometimes', 'Victim Of Love', 'Ship Of Fools', 'Blue Savannah', 'Star', 'Chains Of Love', 'The Circus', 'Who Needs Love (Like That)', 'Love To Hate You', 'Drama!', 'Always' and 'Breathe', ensured a formidable presence on the singles charts complemented by five consecutive No 1 albums (including The Innocents, Wild! and Chorus) and the beginning of the worldwide Abba revival, 'Abba-esque'.

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Nobody does synth-pop with a melancholy edge better than Erasure. This album is up there with their best in my opinion. Certainly their best since Nightbird, possibly longer. Several stand-out tracks.
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I was always going to be biased, being a 25+ year fan, but this is the best work they've done for over 10 years!

Every track, from the big-hitting opening of 'Dead of Night' to the last bars and final piano note of the quirky but great 'Stayed a Little Late Tonight' is well written and brilliantly produced. Andy Bell's vocals are the best they've been ('Snow Globe' excepted) for years. Vince Clarke's music is still heavily analogue-based, with lovely flourishes, and brought up to date under Richard X's influence.

Highlights for me are the possible follow-up single 'Sacred' - a superbly uplifting dancefloor filler, and the more traditional bouncy pop-sounding 'Under the Wave' with a fantastic vocal counter-melody.

A joy from start to finish
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The best erasure album for some time. I agree with other reviews. Would have fitted nicely in after the excellent cowboy album and spare us the dismal ' tomorrow's world ' and 'other people's songs'. Great to here the elements of erasure return instead of obsessing about sounding so called modern and losing the magic in the process. This album sounds like modern done the erasure way, which is fantastic. Highlights for me: reason, promises, the beautiful be the one, sacred, my personal favourite under the wave, paradise and finally stayed a little late tonight. Weird thing is in an interview with Vince I recall him commenting that they concentrated more on the music than the song writing, yet these are some of the best songs for a while. By the way, hope they stick with the producer on the next album. No more Frank Music please!!
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Used to really like Erasure but went off them in the late 90s. Bought this album to make up the free postage and thought I'd give it a go. This is as good as all their earlier stuff. Glad I bought the album. If you like their earlier stuff then you are going to like this album.
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I've always been a huge fan of Erasure but felt a little disappointed by their albums from the 2000's. "Loveboat" leaves a sour taste in your mouth and could quite possibly be the most dreadful collection of songs of their career. "Light At The End Of The World" was a better effort even if it was far to depressing and concerned with the afterlife. "Nightbird" from 2005 was their last good album but it wasn't without it's flaws. "The Violet Flame" see's a return to form and I haven't stopped playing it since the first day I heard it. Erasure's collaboration with producer Richard X was a genius because it's a wonderful album. The opening track "Dead Of Night" is a dark hypnotic song with a very modern sound. It pulsates and draws you in and doesn't let go until it's abrupt end. My only gripe is that it isn't long enough and deserves more than 3 minutes. "Dead Of Night" as well as "Reason", "Promises", "Sacred", "Under The Wave" and "Paradise" are the best songs on the album...but that doesn't mean the others are inferior. They're great. "Elevation" is a nice song but it didn't deserve to be the first single. All in all this album should've continued from where 1997's "Cowboy" tailed off and "Loveboat", "Other People's Songs" and "Union Street" should never have happened. Do yourself a favour go out and buy it. It's the best Erasure album in years.
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This is Erasure well back on form (not that they've ever lost it) I love the music from the 80'S and this CD sound as though it has come straight out of that era, there are some great catchy sing along tracks, love it.
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Whilst there are elements of the Pet Shop Boys and New Order (the percussion and synth pads of ‘Reason’ certainly give a nod to ‘Here to Stay’ from the 24 Hour Party People soundtrack), fundamentally this is Erasure doing what they have done best over nearly three decades.
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The album is absolutely fantastic. Can thoroughly recommend it!!!! The only thing that has annoyed me, is that I have been unable to download the AutoRip that came with the CD. Have contacted Amazon.co.uk 3 times now, but keep being fobbed off with the usual......"we are looking into this problem, and will contact you in 3-4 days.....we will contact you on the 18th October......we will contact you on the 25th October". Unfortunately with the first two dates, no-one bothered to get in touch, and I don't believe anyone will on the 25th either. Come on Amazon......get a grip!!!!!!!
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