Erasure – The Neon (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 37:09 minutes | 801 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Mute
Erasure to the rescue once more. Stuck in lockdown, barricaded in our homes, fearful of contact with strangers, every expedition to the grocery or drug store an exercise in fear and caution, mask politics emerging as the touchstone for a world already gone to hell in a handbasket in so many ways. It’s been a rough six months. And with surges re-surging, lockdowns rising and falling like the swing of a pendulum, and now election season descending upon the US (with the world looking grimly on), don’t we, at last, deserve a break?
Cue Erasure’s new album: The Neon. Music may not by itself cure all these ills, but the virtue of superb electropop is that it helps make them seem a bit less insurmountable. When have Erasure not been around to help us through the dark times? With hundreds of songs and 18 studio albums spanning a 35-year career, Erasure are like a sort of fairy godmother of electronic pop, always emerging during the dark moments of our lives to brighten things up with cheery beats and hopeful energy.
There is a steady constancy to their work, a faith in the sustaining strength of electronic pop music to bridge the ebbs and flows of more than three decades’ worth of change. It’s no exaggeration to say that the past 50 years have seen some of the greatest turbulence in human history. Most of the technologies a band like Erasure uses today to produce and promote their music were not even dreamt of when they first started making tunes. So when a group can navigate these shifts – social and technological alike – and pop out a new album as vibrant as any from the past three and a half decades, it means something special. Despite all his other projects and records, keyboardist Vince Clarke is never bereft of new ideas, still able to ensnare listeners in a web of irresistible synth magic. Singer Andy Bell, meanwhile, can dominate stage and screen alike with his irrepressible presence, hip replacements be damned.
1. Erasure – Hey Now (Think I’ve Got A Feeling)
2. Erasure – Nerves of Steel
3. Erasure – Fallen Angel
4. Erasure – No Point in Tripping
5. Erasure – Shot A Satellite
6. Erasure – Tower of Love
7. Erasure – Diamond Lies
8. Erasure – New Horizons
9. Erasure – Careful What I Try to Do
10. Erasure – Kid You’re Not Alone