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Other People's Songs
our score: 1.0 out of 5.0
camp synth duo that had a good run of pop hits in the 80s and
90s, are no strangers to cover versions. The cheesy Abba-Esque
EP in 1992 gave them their only view from the top of the charts
not only in the U.K. but also the US.
It might not
surprise you to learn, then, that Vince Clarke and Andy Bell have
chosen a whole host of other people’s songs to cover for
their new album. Hopefully for them it will prove to be a comeback
album after a couple of duds and an absence from the top ten that
has lasted nearly nine years. More likely, it will be their last
and most woeful outing.
clearly explains what fans can expect, for this new album which
is out on January 27 (UK), is simply called Other People’s
Songs. The first single is out on January 6 and takes the
form of an electronic re-working of Peter Gabriel’s "Solsbury
Hill," complete with all the usual beeps and whizzes you
have come to expect from an Erasure song.
Hill," the Erasure version at least, is a tired and disappointing
introduction to an album that proves itself to be half-hearted
and aged with every humble track. The songs that Clarke and Bell
have chosen as a base for their covers album should really have
been given much better attention. There was indeed potential to
turn "Can’t Help Falling In Love" and "You’ve
Lost That Loving Feeling" into the over-produced icons of
campness that made Abba-Esque such an immaculate and well-loved
success. But they are played far too straight, Bell tries to match
his predecessors in vocal ability and inevitably fails dramatically.
with so much potential was "When Will I See You Again,"
and it is a tragedy that Erasure’s version never really
gets of the ground to deliver all that it should. In fact, the
only one of the other people’s songs that really hits home
is "Video Killed The Radio Star," and perhaps this is
because Bell’s vocals have been replaced by a computer-sounding
album used to mean something, it used to storm the charts and
produce a string of strong singles – the best being released
on the Pop! collection in the mid 1990s. With Other
People’s Songs, Erasure have proved that their time
is certainly over. This collection of ill thought through and
poorly performed covers is a death bell tolling on one of the
country’s most successful pop acts and it’s an embarrassment
to listen to.
liked Other People's Songs...
1. Solsbury Hill
2. Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime
3. Make Me Smile (Come Up & See Me)
5. When Will I See You Again?
6. Walking in the Rain
7. True Love Ways
8. Ebb Tide
9. Can't Help Falling in Love
10. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
12. Video Killed the Radio Star