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Loveboat [Import]

ErasureAudio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)


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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 (July 24, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B00004ZD6U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,418 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Freedom
2. Where In The World
3. Crying In The Rain
4. Perchance To Dream
5. Alien
6. Mad As We Are
7. Here In My Heart
8. Love Is The Rage
9. Catch 22
10. Moon & The Sky
11. Surreal

Editorial Reviews

The Andy and Vinnie Show Continues Into the New Millennium with a Return to Retro Form. Producer Flood (U2, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails) is Back at the Helm Once Again. In Case You Haven't Been Listening to the Last Few Albums, the Boys have Been Writing Some of the Best Songs of their Career and this One Already Has the Critics Abuzz Ready to Welcome them Back to the Main Stage.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Turn that boat around May 16, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I've been a completist Erasure fan forever. They've always had a knack for writing sweet, lovable pop tunes which beg to be sung along to. Loveboat still has the pop tunes, but Flood's production is constantly trying to sink the effort in a myriad of ways. First of all, there is no consistency on the sound levels from song to song. One track will have so much bass, the treble is completely drowned. Then the next song will be so soft and muffled one can barely discern a song.
The word is that Madonna's Maverick label, who released Cowboy a few years back, have requested that Erasure re-record some of the tracks, record some new ones and re-edit the overall sound before they will release Loveboat stateside. So, hopefully, if there is ever a domestic release, this album will shine for its great songs and not be sunk by unfortunate production.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This album will grow on you with repeated listenings December 12, 2001
By Bubba
Format:Audio CD
I've had this album for a while and was a tad disapointed at first. As noted in some of the other reviews, I agree that the mixing and sound quality of some of the tunes are odd, muffled and distorted. However, I suppose that is Flood's artistic contribution. All previous Erasure alsbums had crisp clear production. My favorite tracks are Freedom (very Erasure 80's), Alien (a really great song that I wish would get on American radio)Perchance to Dream (this is one of the songs that sounds muffled and distorted, but I really like it. I first heard it on a download and thought that it was just a bad quality download, but that's really how the song sounded!) I think Perchance to Dream is a great song and I love Andy's excentric falsetto. Love is the Rage (it'll grow on you) Here in My Heart and Catch 22 are simular to me and I like them both. They sound like they could have been on Cowboy or Chorus. (who knows, maybe they were supposed to be.)Then there is Moon and the Sky. It is another muffled production but I love the vocal and the funky disco beat. I read in an Erasure interview that it was supposed to be a ballad. I also read that they (Vince and Andy) don't always control the sound of the finished product. The album has been out for over a year. I don't think that they are going to remix and release in the US. I wish they would. If you are an Erasure fanatic, I think you can find something to love about this album. I recommend it for your collection. Also, the Freedom remix single is very good. Finally, there is also an import single of Moon and Sky on Amazon.com/uk. Check it out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love the music, hate the mix. August 3, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I know others have said the same, but this CD was almost ruined for me by the terrible mix. I am not a booming bass sort of person, and have never found the mix of previous Erasure tracks to be slanted toward bass, but this CD is so off balance that you can't ignore it. When I bought Loveboat I popped it right in my car CD player for the ride home. After the first track I turned the bass control on my stereo all the way down. It didn't help. After the third track I had to turn it off because the bass was actually making me nauseous. I finally was able to listen to it without getting a headache from the bass, but only by ripping the CD to my Windows Media Player and turning the bass way down. Once I could listen to the songs, I loved them. I listened to the whole CD over and over again. The music (when you can actually hear it over the bass) is great. I hope and pray that the rumors about a re-engineered US release are true.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of their best but still very good. May 2, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Being the die hard fan that I am, it is pretty tough to give anything Erasure does, only three stars. This does not, by any means, indicate poor work! It's just that if their best work is a five, then, comparatively, this would have to be a three! Anyway, the first two tracks are what you would expect form the duo, great songs! Crying in the rain, track three, is pretty much the only one I don't care too much for. Perchance to Dream is, in my opinion, one of their best tracks ever! However, being an artist myself, I can't, for the life of me, understand their decision to mix it the way they did!!! The bass drum is extremely loud and distorted making his wonderful rendition of this song almost impossible to hear. I truly hope this is released as a single with other mixes that might correct this. It is so odd, that it took me quite a few listenings to realize what a great song this trully is! Anyway, all in all, this is a mellower album than what they usually put out, but still very good!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you guys are RETARDED June 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD
this is actually one of my favorite albums in general. I can see why this album has been put down, because of the lack of amazing hits, but aas a whole this project works. 'Perchance to Dream' is a very different song, its beats are original, and the keyboards flow in a way other people couldn't make them flow. Flood really knew what he was doing here. The fans that dislike this album prove to me the lack of openness to the changing times. Their more recent ventures would not have taken place if this project was not made.

Sinply put this, like all of their other albums holds its own. They aree unable to fail. We fans on the other hand, fail to realize what they are saying. Move on guys. Erasure is erasure. They can do no bad.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Listen more than once... January 14, 2002
By Morado
Format:Audio CD
Truthfully, I didn't care for Loveboat after the first listen (Guess I was peeved about the sound quality). I'm happy I gave it a second chance, because there is some wonderful music to be heard. Vince and Andy deliver a combination of moods, from upbeat to down tempo. My favorites include: "Freedom," "Here in my heart," "Catch 22," and "Moon & the sky," which are all faster and should be enjoyed by most Erasure fans I think. As close to old school as it gets, they contain sweet harmonies and sing along refrains. On the slower side I liked: "Where in the world," "Perchance to dream," "Alien," "Surreal," and "Mad as we are." "Love is the rage" deserves a special mention-really a great song!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars This is worth a listen if you like Erasure
I love Catch 22 and Here in My Heart the most from this album. Freedom & Alien are also a good listen but I can't relate as much to the lyrics. Read more
Published 19 months ago by xu2mofox
3.0 out of 5 stars They can't win...
You've got to feel sorry for Erasure. For years, they are harassed by fans and critics alike for having much of their music and lyrics sound the same. Read more
Published on November 14, 2004 by Will Preston
2.0 out of 5 stars Unmemorable Work
Erasure's previous album "Cowboy" (1997) was one of their strongest later releases and arguably one of the best three albums they had made. Read more
Published on August 23, 2003 by The Blue Man
4.0 out of 5 stars Varies
There are some great tracks on this disc, but those who have commented on the varying volumes and production are right. Read more
Published on May 10, 2003 by maxwellryan
3.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to Erasure's growing library of albums.
I'd rank most of these songs in the 7's, 8's, 9's, and 10's when it comes to Erasure's greatest hits ever. The only thing I noticed is that this CD needed more engineering. Read more
Published on February 25, 2003 by Obed Lopez
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album, but needs improvement...
I must say,besides listeninig to TRANCE/TECHNO, I am and have been a devoted fan of Erasure since they ever came into the synth-pop scene. Read more
Published on January 13, 2002 by M. Faisal Ahmad
2.0 out of 5 stars Horrid!
I've been a really big Erasure fan for quite a number of years now but this cd is just awful. Only three songs (freedon, here in my heart, alien) are worth listening to. Read more
Published on September 1, 2001 by Paul Jeremiah
5.0 out of 5 stars Surreal
Quite possibly the most avant garde Elbum put out by Erasure yet. I waited and waited for this. I loved Cowboy although I was dissapointed because it was weak compared to the self... Read more
Published on September 1, 2001 by Oliver K Long
1.0 out of 5 stars THE BASS IS BAD
It actually is a great album if only you could hear it (the bass is too loud-Flood better get a grip!)
Published on August 30, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Great - after you get used to it
The best preview I could give a prospective buyer: this album is not what you're expecting. If you're like me, you might at first experience some disappointment, but if you're... Read more
Published on August 22, 2001 by John
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