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Following the disbandment of the short-lived synth pop group Yazoo, former Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke formed Erasure in 1985 with singer Andy Bell. Like Yaz and Depeche Mode, Erasure were a synth-based group, but they had stronger dance inclinations, as well as a sharper, more accessible sense of pop songcraft, than either of Clarke's previous bands. Furthermore, Erasure had the ... Read more in Amazon's Erasure Store

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  • Audio CD (October 15, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002LQJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,762 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Lyrically and musically, Chorus is less campy and more evangelical than other Erasure creations. It's certainly just as grandiose and danceable as previous albums, but it seems as if songwriter Vince Clarke decided to stop composing smiley-face songs for a while and make a slightly more introspective, more socially observant album. For this reason, Chorus is Erasure's most enduring, most powerful recording. Crowd-cheering samples resound in "Love to Hate You," lending it an almost epic feel. The uplifting "Chorus" hopes for a time when we all treat each other a little better. It may not be the favorite Erasure album among dance-pop enthusiasts, but it's definitely the Erasure album that is meant to be taken seriously. --Beth Bessmer

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Great vocals even if it's kind of a funny song lyrically.
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They open up the boundaries and create lush musical landscapes with stimulating lyrics and highly original vocals.
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Erasure, in my opinion, was and is one of the best bands in the world.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Augustus Caesar, Ph.D. on November 13, 2001
Format: Audio CD
When Erasure released "Chorus" in 1991, they were the number one band in the UK and one of the most successful synth pop groups of the era. Having already scored 15 hits on the British charts and topped the LP charts three times (twice with "The Innocents" alone), they began the Nineties from a position of considerable commercial strength. An ominous wind was in the air, however, as Nirvana and the grunge movement exploded out of Seattle just as "Chorus" rose to its inevitable #1 position. Erasure would survive the early grunge years, releasing several more hits and topping the LP charts twice more before the arrival of Oasis and the guitar-based Britpop movement stalled their career with the release of their eponymously titled "Erasure" album in 1995.
"Chorus" was something of a departure for the duo. Following 1989's hugely successful "Wild!" (and its rather notorious world tour), the band took two years off, writing ten of their finest songs. "Chorus" was a synth-lover's delight; a pure analog aural feast for the ears. Vince Clarke's arrangements are more subtle and assured, as are his partner's vocals. Andy Bell's lyrics are among the finest of his career, and there is nothing on "Chorus" short of superb. Not since "The Circus" had the band released such a consistent set. "Chorus" proved them to be more than a bouncy, campy singles band: they were pop craftsmen of the first order. Here was a darker, more introspective album than any of their previous releases, and they would maintain this more thoughtful stance until the release of 1997's nostalgic (but magnificent) "Cowboy."
In short, "Chorus" is one the best pop albums of the 1990s and ranks among Erasure's finest work.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 2003
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I have every Erasure song ever released commercially, and this is, in my opinion, their best album. Other albums may have stronger singles-it is hard to beat the one-two punch of Drama and Blue Savannah, or Chains of Love and A Little Respect, but this was the first Erasure CD that didn't feel like a collection of singles and b-sides. There are no real weak spots here as on previous efforts. There were four singles taken from this album, and if one didn't know what they were, I think one would be hard pressed to identify them. "Waiting for the Day" is the best Erasure single that never was, and "Turns the Love to Anger" and "Perfect Stranger" are fantastic synthpop songs. It is true, perhaps, that this album may seem darker than others, but the production is gorgeous, the songs are brilliant, Andy Bell's voice has never sounded so rich, and Vince Clark's aural landscape is breathtaking. One of my all-time favorite records.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on February 22, 2000
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Chorus is Erasure's best cd musically and lyrically. 10 songs at 40 minutes makes this a consistent and cohesive listen. It's darker and edgier than previous Erasure cds and more original and consistent than later cds. All of Erasure's cds are good if you're a fan. Chorus is the one for non-fans as it is more mature dance music. There's no bad songs on this disc. I Say I Say I Say would be my next recommendation because it isn't as danceable as Chorus but it's just as interesting. I don't think Erasure has surpassed Chorus in excellence. The three studio cds that have been released since don't quite match up to the quality of Chorus. Vince and Andy were in top form in 1991. Just listen to "Breath of Life", "Siren Song", "Home", "Chorus" and "Waiting for the Day." All excellent craftmanship. This cd is worth the money.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shark Frenzy on July 25, 2002
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Can Erasure be dark? Yes.. they can. Where as "I Say I Say I Say" is a light, fantasy like album, "Chorus" digs deep and brings us into the nightmarish side of Erasure. A side we don't normally see and it's refreshing. It's here that Clarke begins to focus more on digital bleeps and less on analog orchestrations than ever before. I have to strongly disagree with many critics (who don't know jack about electronica) that diss Erasure for always sounding the same. I could say the same thing about rock music or rap music, but that's not the case. Clarke seems to be pushing the limits on what he can do with a synthesizer and still create catchy pop music. There are a number of songs on this album that are just as good, if not better than the singles that came out, such as "Waiting For The Day", and "Home". Both are my favorite songs from the album. Erasure, in my opinion, was and is one of the best bands in the world. No one (except for The Beatles) have crafted so many wonderful and experimental albums, filled with so many pop catchy tracks, as Erasure has. Nice job guys.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Yih Dzelonh on January 16, 2002
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Chorus is Erasure in their prime from a chronological standpoint and representative of their apex from a music standpoint.
Chorus is unique in that it marks a return of Vince Clarke from the Oberheim Xpander synthesizer (used in Erasure's earlier material which has a more acoustic quality) to analog synths, which tones have a more computerized quality and use all types of metallic bleeps and blips. Clarke employs analog synths in Chorus to create a more sincere and serious -somewhat darker- album than '80s Erasure material, virtually all of which is campy and happy-go-lucky.
Though the sound and direction is different, the end result is the same: Chorus is has all the poignancy and diversity from song to song as vintage '80s albums such as "The Circus" and "The Innocents" had. Some songs are upbeat and dancy, and others are slow but in the end it still sounds like vintage Erasure and remains one of Andy Bell's and Vince Clarke's best efforts, ever.
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