This popular number one album was their first release of the 1990s and continued the success the band were enjoying from previous albums. Apparently influenced by the first Gulf War, this album encases some of Erasure's most meaningful lyrics and songs, as well as housing some pop classics. The album's namesake song Chorus opens the album in a rather mediocre manner: a repeating verse (or second chorus) and nonsensical lyrics do not make this one of Erasure's better efforts but it did do well in the UK charts as a single, and it appears I'm in the minority in not holding this track in high stead. The sublime Waiting For The Day makes up track two; a song about a lovers' tiff that stretches the relationship, but ultimately leaves you waiting for your lover to return. Perfect pop of the highest calibre, this is one of the band's finest ever songs and it is criminal that this song was denied a wider audience by not being released as a single.
Erasure can sound like all your favourite bands and completely original at the same time. Thus 'Joan' is Disco gospel in its finest hour crossed with T-Rex and Soft Cell sharing a gossipy cappuccino, and 'Siren Song' is Sparks throwing a tantrum because Soft Cell have stolen their lucky feather boas again.NME
Joan is a cracking little track, perhaps guilty of a rather uninspired drum beat but still a very enjoyable track. Martyn Phillips's production, as with the whole album, is impressive and professional and lyrically the song is strong. Breath Of Life follows, a strong dancey love song that is slightly repetitive from a musical perspective but is so strong otherwise. Beautiful backing vocals in the chorus also heighten the listening enjoyment. Am I Right? concludes the first half of the album, a beautiful ballad echoing loneliness in a big town. This single had a perfect video that complimented the sentiments of song, but did not perform that well in the UK charts. Superbly produced, Andy's imagery and some of Vince's most majestic synth work make for a gorgeous Erasure classic.
The Dick Tracy Soundtrack reject Love To Hate You is next up. This up-tempo stunner is a truly great Erasure track, well performed and produced and clearly was too good for the soundtrack of the Madonna vehicle. A fine choice for a single, it performed well assisted by a fine video and deserved the success it achieved. The album now slows as the band become more melancholy, typified by Turns The Love To Anger. Another sultry beauty, this brilliant song is excellently pitched, with an excellent musical twist/kick mid-way through. Another more leisurely track follows in the soothing Siren Song. Lyrically exceptional, this is another top drawer song which once against showcases the tremendous talents of the band.
Fans' Best/Worst Of
- Waiting For The Day
- Love To Hate You
- Perfect Stranger
Perfect Stranger is slightly more up-tempo without ever really breaking into a sweat as Andy warns of the dangers of the seemingly flawless outsider who turns out not to be the knight in shining armour hoped for. Once more the production is of the highest standard. The album concludes with the phenomenal Home, proclaimed by Vince as his favourite Erasure song. Masterful from start to finish, this ballad is extremely popular amongst the fans and rightfully so. Beautiful, encased with metaphors and wonderfully performed this is one of Erasure's finest.
Chorus is simply a brilliant album. Musically diverse, creative and beautiful, lyrically superb with some of Andy's finest ever (and most effortless) vocals, this album is one of the band's best. Chorus demonstrates the band's ability to write albums that tower above standard pop music, with songs of meaning and soul but also tracks that are infectious enough to be hit singles. A timeless classic.
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