The duo Erasure has been entertaining fans since the ‘80s with its vivacious, synthesized sounds, vocals and lyrics. Consisting of keyboard play singer Vince Clarke and openly gay singer and songwriter Andy Bell, the group has sold more than 25 million albums and had 24 consecutive top 40 hits between 1986 and 2007. Their brand-new album, slated to be released September 23, is very reminiscent of the songs we fell in love with such as “A Little Respect,” “Oh L’Amour” and “Chains of Love.”
Andy Bell, who has become nothing short of a gay icon/ prophet, says about “The Violet Flame”: “It’s all about hope, forgiveness, being given a new chance and the world being your oyster!” The album is charged with synthesized electronic pop created by the duo and is filled with that euphoric emotion that instantly draws people toward their music, and making the LGBT community worldwide fans forever.
I listened to the tracks of “The Violet Flame” in awe. Each song held its very own promise and tempo and is bound to fill the world with love, hope and a positive energy. The first track, “Dead of Night,” stirs a powerful, energetic feeling that drives one to listen to the remainder of the album in excited anticipation of what is to come next. My own personal favorite, “Reason,” reminds me of a romantic confession of true love, backed by an awesome dance tempo.
The tracks on the album are as follows:
1. Dead of Night
5. Be the One
7. Under the Wave
8. Smoke & Mirrors
10. Stayed a Little Late
Erasure is currently on their “The Violet Flame Tour” in the U.S., which can be experienced in our area at the two New Year’s Eve shows on December 30 and 31 at New York’s Terminal 5. The tour promises to be an epic event!