ALBUM: Tomorrow’s World (Mute), the 14th studio album from Vince Clarke and Andy Bell, aka UK duo Erasure.
RELEASE DATE: October 4.
SINGLES RELEASED SO FAR: Cheery mid-tempo pop jam “When I Start (To Break It All Down).” Says Vince Clarke of the song, “The lyrics are loosely based on the early romantic works of Vasily Andreyevich Zhukovsky.” Ooh — Romantic Russian poetry from the 1800s? How, er, lyrical.
WHAT TO EXPECT: At a tight nine tracks, Tomorrow’s World is Erasure’s most cohesive album in over a decade. The songs are packed with dancefloor stomp (“I Lose Myself,” “A Whole Lotta Love Run Riot”), Clarke’s addictive hooks and Bell’s melodic harmonies (“Just When I Thought It Was Ending,” “You’ve Got To Save Me Right Now”).
Vince tells us that “hearing the finished mix of ‘You’ve Got To Save Me Right Now’” was his personal favorite memory from making the record. And just for our health-conscious readers, the British synth whiz also points out the following: “The album was recorded in a gluten-free facility.”
TOUR PLANS: Erasure are currently trekking across North America with opening act/Tomorrow’s World producer Frankmusik. Last night they performed at Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater, and tomorrow night the duo hits up The Vogue Theatre in Indianapolis. Their US jaunt wraps up on October 6 (two days after the release of the album) in Seattle.
OUR THOUGHTS: Tomorrow’s World is Erasure’s best studio album since their introspective 1995 self-titled LP. And unlike on that one, there aren’t shimmery 10-minute-long experimental ballads to be found here — just some good old-fashioned dance-pop from the pair who have given the genre more than a fair share of classics over the past 25 years.
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Lady Antebellum, Own The Night
Katy B, On A Mission
Demi Lovato, Unbroken
Dev, The Night The Sun Came Up
The Bangles, Sweetheart Of The Sun
Cody Simpson, Coast To Coast
Tony Bennett, Duets II
J. Cole, Cole World: The Sideline Story
Scotty McCreery, Clear As Day
Frankmusik, Do It In The AM
Kelly Clarkson, Stronger