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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon May 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Immediately search for the album again and get the 'limited edition' version with the two bonus tracks. It's less money than this version--and the two bonus tracks are two of Erasure's best!!!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon April 19, 2007
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it's hard to believe that erasure's been churning out the hits for nearly 22 years now. after a couple of lackluster and questionable releases (namely 'other people's songs), 'a light at the end of the world' really is a return to erasure's glory days. and since i'm not a big fan of saying 'it's their best since...,' i can say with certainty that it's certainly my *favorite* erasure album since 'i say, i say, i say' because it holds a lot of the same fairytale charm as the latter.

erasure was, is, and will always be about making your rearend shake. after the somewhat meloncholy 'nightbird,' 'a light at the end of the world' is dancefloor stomper after dancefloor stomper. it's in this arena they've always excelled ('victim of love,' 'sometimes,' chains of love,' etc, etc, etc). the opener, 'sunday girl' is a worthy opener: lots of energy, nice use of minor chord verse and major chord chorus. the first single, 'i could fall in love with you,' is in the same vein as 'don't say your love is killing me,' and 'run to the sun.' a great first single. hi-nrg, of sure. by the time you hear 'sucker for love,' (a disco-inspired romp)it's pretty clear erasure went for it all--and succeeded wonderfully. these are some of the best songs they've done in ages. 'storm in a teacup' is a nice ballad that also uses some nice minor/major chord combos. for me, the standout is 'fly away.' it sounds like it belongs on 'i say' and incorporates some of vince's best chord structures, a great bridge, and a great chorus. at the end of the album, you realize there's nary a bad track to be found. it's everything you want in an erasure album. and i mean everything: danceable, catchy, andy's insane vocal range, and lots of fun.

if there's any criticism (and i use the term lightly), andy bell ran out of lyrical ideas about 1994, but it hardly matters. the positive is that he delivers what he has with lots of pure emotion and sincerity, so it's really pretty easy overlook--after all, with music like this it's all about the execution, and they're firing on all cylinders. erasure never pretended to be a band concerned with artistic merits or breaking new ground, nor should they. they were my first concert back in 1988, and i'm happy to report that 22 years into their career they still have *it.*
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2007
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I've been an Erasure fan since the beginning -- unlike many who got on board much later, I actually remember the rare Thomas the Train cover for "Oh L'Amour" -- and I have to say this is a terrific album! After the interesting but ultimately unsatisfying reinvention for "Union Street" and the equally interesting but not terribly original "Other People's Songs" -- and let's not even talk about "Loveboat", this is a much-needed return to their vintage synth-driven sound.

More upbeat and peppy than "Nightbird" (which I also loved), "Light at the End of the World" sounds like a cross between "Cowboy" and "Wild!" to me -- with a little bit of "Chorus" and "I Say I Say I Say" thrown in for good measure. "Sucker For Love" sounds like an updated version of "La Gloria", and it's even more fun. "Sunday Girl" is a perfect synthpop masterpiece. "I Could Fall In Love With You" puts me in mind of "Don't Say Your Love Is Killing Me", and so it goes on with all Vince's vintage bleeps, buzzes, and knob-twiddling. By the way, if you've got quick ears, you'll also here echoes of "Always", "Treasure", "Snappy", "Crown of Thorns", and even "March On Down The Line". Listen closely! :)

It sounds like he's dusted off some of the old analog keyboards and sequencers, to great effect. Andy's vocals are in tip-top shape, only stretched a little on the deepest notes (like the notes he used to lose himself in so beautifully on "You Surround Me"). A fantastic album, and it couldn't come at a better time.

Welcome back, Erasure!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2007
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Erasure hasn't made all-out uptempo dance music in a while, and to make up for that lack, they hit us 1-2-3 with their best disco songs since 1995's "Cold Summer's Day." "Sunday Girl" is a tour-de-force--a song about what happens to fickle lovers when the lights are low and the music is high. It is their best single in years. They follow this with "I Could Fall in Love With You," currently riding high on the US Dance Charts, and the manic, beat-heavy, dramatic "Sucker for Love." The vocal bridge on this last song is stunning. Andy Bell's singing on all these tracks is strong, forceful and melodic. Hearing him belt out these tunes, we are reminded that he is not only a very good singer, he is one of the all-time great dance divas.

Lest you think "Light at the End of the World" is an all-night dance party, the next three songs are gorgeous ballads, beginning with the highly personal "Storm in a Teacup." "Fly Away" and "Golden Heart" showcase Andy's soaring vocals. His singing and vocal arrangements throughout the album are focused and strong.

The synth arrangements on "Sunday Girl," with it's retro-disco touches, and on "Sucker for Love" are attention grabbers, but most of the rest of the backing tracks are fairly low-key. There are some nice touches sprinkled throughout, but there are also some jarring moments--like the overly shrill bridge on "Storm in a Teacup." Overall, the arrangements serve as a nice backdrop to showcase the strength of the songs. Of the last four songs, the other real winner is "Darlene."

Erasure is enjoying a wonderful renaissance, begun with "Nightbird" and continuing here. 20-odd years on, they continue to produce satisfying, sometimes transcendent songs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I have most of the erasure albums and this one doesn't dissapoint. Sunday Girl and I Could Fall In Love With You are catchy and easily draw you in. Erasure has always been top-notch at crafting love songs, and they don't stray too much from that territory this time either, Sunday Girl being one exception. After having listened to Andy Bell's solo album and being very impressed with it, I was hoping some of the guts from that album would be present on this one, and I can see that there are some. However, after Sucker For Love plays, it seems much of the album takes on a softer tone. I usually play the faster tracks and skip the softer ones till I'm in that mood. They are all well-crafted songs and as a whole the album is a work of art. Sure to please those already familiar or new to erasure. However I'm still hoping for the next album to take no prisoners and get more edgy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2007
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A shorter, punchier Erasure release, but of course not without it's dark moments. This is not the greatest of their albums, though it is very, very infectious. Nightbird is hard to top.

There seems to be two Erasures - One is the duo that gave us Chains of Love, Star, Chorus, Don't Say Your Love is Killing Me, and Freedom. Then there is another Erasure that gave us much of the ERASURE, I SAY and NIGHTBIRD albums. Sadder, darker, warmer. This new record is sadly the former. It's great dance music, hummable and gospel-tinged with a 130 bpm disco thump, but besides Storm in a Teacup this is a pretty shallow album. A great shallow album. You can hear the Other People's Songs/Electric Blue influences.

The only REAL complaints I can voice is the relatively short running time, a general lack of variance in tunes from song to song compared to some Erasure outings of the past, and the cheap-ish looking cover and packaging. If you are a fan though - you can buy confidently, knowing this record is somewhere in the WILD!/COWBOY range of vibe and quality, and certainly better than others...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2007
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Since the first time I've listened to LATEOTW I took it as the album that I've been expecting from Erasure since they released Cowboy. I mean they finally recorded another upbeat album after 3 slower works (Loveboat, OPS & Nightbird). Ok, it has been a great experience to see Erasure recording more 'mature' and even challenging ones, but it's awesome to discover they still can sound as full of energy as when they were younger. All its 10 songs follow the basic rules from pop without any guilt as usual, but it sounds even more inspired to me in relation to their last ones. Many great (or even terrific) hooks can be heard all through its 10 songs and Andy's lyrics still talk about love most part of the time, what isn't a deffect when you own a skilful hand to write as Andy does, and they continue to be accessible/bittersweet, but they are more creative if you compare them to Nightbird's ones. You can verify this on reading the lyrics from Darlene (Andy should write more ones about fictious girls. Do you remember the also brilliant Joan?!), Sunday Girl (or "try not to lose your stable relationship because of a sassy girl that you met on a dance club") or Storm In A Teacup (a touching family drama which is partially autobiographical). Regarding Vince's synths, he continues to prove why he's a wizard in inventing and re-inventing electronic sounds to let Erasure's music always sound fresh. And his melodic sense keeps intact indeed even after 21 years of career. He has never forgotten how essential a good melody is, no matter how noisy Pop Music has become after the Eighties. Its 1st single, Could Fall In Love With You, isn't the best track of the album, but it's a thrilling one anyway, while Sunday Girl (its very well-chosen 2nd one) sounds as a sensational blend between two tracks from OPS: Make Me Smile & Everyday. Absolutely irresistible! Sucker For Love is unexpectedly vigorous & expansive, including Andy has said it's the 'Love To Hate You' moment of this record, what means you just can love it or hate it. Needless to say I love it. And how! On the other hand Glass Angel, which Andy has said is a kind of sequel to Rock Me Gently (from the self-titled album), sounds as an epic ballad and it's not by chance it was chosen to close (very well) the album. Actually, even the ballads from this work are full of strong beats, what shows how excited they were about making this one. Storm In A Teacup is probably one of their all time saddest ballads (along with The Circus, Hallowed Ground, Crown Of Thorns and Grace) while When A Lover Leaves You is wonderfully romantic and the most beautiful moment of this record in terms of melody at my point of ear. Darlene is so pleasant as a walk through a beautiful park or a nice meeting in a Cafe. Andy has said its melody was inspired by "La Isla Bonita" from Madonna, but I cannot see a big similarity between their respective ones indeed. They're definitely not so 'cousins' as Love To Hate You and I Will Survive from Gloria Gaynor. Well, Spanish rhythms are always welcome, so whatever... The sequence Fly Away (terrific chorus and vocal by Andy), Golden Heart (the synths from Vince are particularly catching here) and How My Eyes Adore You (aside from the chorus, the lines are almost spoken instead of sung here) represents the weaker part of this really incredible work, but weak is a forbidden word for describing any song of this one, even the two bonus tracks. And VIVA ERASURE!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2007
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Light at the End of the World truly is a return to form for Erasure. Not that their recent, slower music was bad. After all, Nightbird was an incredible album! But Light reminds of Erasure's golden era of the early 90's. It has the pop flavor of Chorus with the fantasy and dreamy-ness of I Say I Say I Say (arguably two of their very best records). The 10 songs (or 12, depending on what version you get) are just as glossy and glittery as the album cover suggests: Irresistably colorful and incredibly well-produced.

The album opener and second single, "Sunday Girl", is the perfect way to begin this album, setting the tone for the rest. "Sucker For Love" is a delicious, high-energy romp that shows us Erasure just wants to have fun. "Storm In A Teacup" is just breathtaking and beautiful. Erasure hasn't put out a song like this since "Hideaway" from their Circus album. "Darlene" is just one of the classic Erasure mid-tempo songs, and it's definitely the most Chorus-like song on the album, reminiscent of "Joan" from that album.

Do whatever you can to get the limited edition release. The two bonus tracks are VERY good, and add a lot to the album's 10 original tracks.

This album is, in every way, a defining moment in Erasure's long and prosperous career. It truly stands proud among the great albums such as The Innocents, Chorus, I Say I Say I Say and Nightbird. Get it, listen to it over and over, love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2007
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I don't see how anyone can say this is a step back. Light at the End of the World, is just that...this is one of those CDs that fits its title and cover perfectly. It's out there...really out there...and it's absolutely beautiful.

This album combines the introspectiveness and maturity of Nightbird, with the main synths of Cowboy, with the blips and backing vocals of I Say X 3, with the thoughtfulness of Erasure, through the scope of Loveboat, but with the power/awareness of Chorus. Essentially, they take the best of Erasure and make one heckuva album. I think it might be their best ever....and that's saying something. It is really easy to get lost in these songs.

If you have any spiritualness within you, as I'm assuming most Erasure fans do...you WILL love this album. Just keep playing it until you love it...it does take some time as there aren't many hooks.

Sunday Girl, I Could Fall In Love With You, Storm In a Teacup, Fly Away, Be My Baby are all magnificent songs...but the two that really stand out are How My Eyes Adore You and When A Lover Leaves You. They are just like a warm blanket to make you feel cozy on a cold winter's night. There's a lot of warmth on this album. You will feel good after listening to it.

If you're looking for big huge hooks...go pop in The Innocents...if you are a true Erasure fan and love the albums I listed above then Light At the End of the World is just the album for you. If you're reading this, that must be you. This is an Erasure album for Erasure fans. I absolutely love this album.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2007
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I've been an Erasure fan since the beginning -- unlike many who got on board much later, I actually remember the rare Thomas the Train cover for "Oh L'Amour" -- and I have to say this is a terrific album! After the interesting but ultimately unsatisfying reinvention for "Union Street" and the equally interesting but not terribly original "Other People's Songs" -- and let's not even talk about "Loveboat", this is a much-needed return to their vintage synth-driven sound.

More upbeat and peppy than "Nightbird" (which I also loved), "Light at the End of the World" sounds like a cross between "Cowboy" and "Wild!" to me -- with a little bit of "Chorus" and "I Say I Say I Say" thrown in for good measure. "Sucker For Love" sounds like an updated version of "La Gloria", and it's even more fun. "Sunday Girl" is a perfect synthpop masterpiece. "I Could Fall In Love With You" puts me in mind of "Don't Say Your Love Is Killing Me", and so it goes on with all Vince's vintage bleeps, buzzes, and knob-twiddling. By the way, if you've got quick ears, you'll also here echoes of "Always", "Treasure", "Snappy", "Crown of Thorns", and even "March On Down The Line". Listen closely! :)

It sounds like he's dusted off some of the old analog keyboards and sequencers, to great effect. Andy's vocals are in tip-top shape, only stretched a little on the deepest notes (like the notes he used to lose himself in so beautifully on "You Surround Me"). A fantastic album, and it couldn't come at a better time.

Welcome back, Erasure!
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