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Erasure : Features : Album Reviews: Electric Blue [Andy Bell Solo Album]

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Steven's Review

The album starts with the 'intro' which is very atmospheric and it leads nicely into the next song, Caught In A Spin which is an OK track but the chorus is really good. The single Crazy is a perfect pop song throughout.

The weakest track on the album follows, Love Oneself - a duet with Claudia Brucken. Awful is the one word to describe this song. Worst song Andy has ever sung. The musical direction lets it down big style.
The album now picks up with I Thought It Was You - Not liking the SSs I wasn't expecting to like this track, but as the Sun puts it, it is a 'disco darling'. Electric Blue follows and despite a slow start, at 1.20(ish) kicks off. Great song then till the end. The next song Jealous has a great intro but the rest of song is just average, a result of poor sounding synths and poorly played keyboards. Shaking My Soul has 'Erasure' written all over it. Reminds me of 'Heart Of Stone' - it's fantastic, best song on the album!

Next is Runaway which again it's a good song but no means excellent - music lets it down again. I'll Never Fall In Love Again is next and is actually a very good track and one of my favourites! The second duet with Claudia, Delicious, is a is much better then the first duet, but as ever the synths/keyboards are below par.

The use of guitars in Fantasy are interesting but a piano would have sounded better in this song. The album then has one final disco hurrah - See The Lights Go Out -which is a brilliant final piece of disco pop. The synths sound much better in this one, but I still miss Vince's influence. As usual with an Erasure-related album the last song is a slow one. The Rest Of The Lives is a gorgeous final song and the traditional end of album feel. 

In Brief

How many good tracks?
10 out of fourteen
Best track?
Shaking My Soul
Worst track?
Love Oneself



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