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  • Audio CD (June 17, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute U.S.
  • ASIN: B00009L53H
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,167 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

Product Description

Originally released internationally in 2000, three years after their Maverick issued album Cowboy, Erasure's ninth collection of original pop songs was co-produced with Flood, Erasure's original producer. Mute. 2003.

Along with the Pet Shop Boys, Erasure long-ago cornered the market in pure synth pop. While credited as early exponents of house, techno and club culture, both duos have at their core an unashamed love of the catchy hooks and anthemic choruses of pop, but their latter day releases have featured an added component: subtly. For Erasure--considering the hands in the air exuberance of hits "Stop!," "A Little Respect," and the sequins and glitter of their Abba tribute EP Abba-esque --Loveboat's seductive tunes and sensitive words are almost excessively subtle. Despite the pounding beats of "Perchance To Dream," the sci-fi electronica of "Here In My Heart," and the album's title, their ninth studio album isn't about the joy of love, but the pain that goes with it and indulges in melancholic melodies and a sense of longing that takes the pair straight back to those early bitter sweet hits "Oh L'Amour," "Sometimes," and "Victim Of Love." Sequin-free and relatively sedate, Loveboat, for all its subtleties, still has its share of addictive tunes--"Aliens" and "Freedom" prove that they've lost none of their penchant for pop and can still write a catchy classic when they put their minds to it. --Dan Gennoe

Customer Reviews

I am admittedly biased, being a long-time Erasure fan, but I really like this album.
Dred Ross
I wasn't even sure if Andy was singing in one of the songs....some songs just seem like they are thrown together without regard to them sounding good at all.
Aaron Merkel
Since then, Erasure has never failed to produce anything short of awesome music filled with captivating lyrics and intense electronic sound.
Jeffrey K.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey K. on November 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
In a popular music scene dominated by simplistic "boy bands" and bubble-gum whatever, it's refreshing to know that there's still some groups willing to create new and interesting music. Erasure is one of those groups. With the release of "Loveboat", Erasure has created a cd that has the ability to touch every emotion. While one should never compare one Erasure album to another (they are each masterpieces in their own right), there is definitely a sound on this cd reminiscent of previous releases such as "Chorus" and "Wild!". The tracks, "Freedom", "Here In My Heart", and "Catch 22" are uplifting, inspiring, and just pure fun. "Moon And The Sky" simply rocks."Where In The World" conveys a sense of heartache and loneliness through the excellent use of heavy reverb and dense bass allowing you to truly feel the emotion in the lyrics. "Crying In Rain" moves between a funky hip-hop sound and an ambient, almost dream-like state, really cool. "Alien" is beautiful, mellow and dreamy, as is "Surreal". "Love Is The Rage" contains a great mix of melody, acoustics, classic Erasure electronica and of course, Andrew Bell's wonderful voice. "Perchance To Dream" is simply a fun song that kind of makes you want to tap your foot and bob your head a little. "Mad As We Are" is slightly haunting and very ambiant sounding.Well, that's my thoughts on the tracks. I must say that I've loved Erasure since "Wonderland" and became obsessed with them after the release of "The Circus" with it's songs "Sometimes" and "Hideaway".Read more ›
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Franciscan Report on October 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Here is my take

Freedom -- a well known one, although the mix one, is even cooler
Where in The World -- If you like the deep voice of Andy, this song definitely hit a new high (or is it "low" ?)
Crying In The Rain -- a bit of Hip/Hop influence, not bad at all
Perchance To Dream -- it started a bit like 70s. I enjoy the refrain
Alien -- this could become a classic
Mad As We Are -- has "Sono Luminus"/"Rock Me Gently" flavor, one of the best piece.
Here In My Heart -- a very good transition from above song. It makes me one to get up and dance right away.
Love Is The Rage -- one of the best pieces from this album
Catch 22 -- another very danceable song, it's catchy indeed
Moon & The Sky -- a very hi-nrg song
Surreal -- a good closure

I wish Erasure does promote this album better in US. This album definitely deserves it. I have never heard an album so beautifully crafted and diversed. I also wish they don't take a break this long in the future. It's definitely worth the wait though.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is an extremely unusal release for Erasure. There are a couple of catchy tunes like Freedom, Catch 22, and Moon & The Sky. But songs like Mad As We Are and Surreal are quite odd. I do enjoy them immensely though. The album is 44:47 minutes long and includes 11 tracks. The liner notes are quite awesome with it's super glossy material and full lyrics.
The bass is actually quite heavy and I don't mean the thumping bass...I mean throughout the entire album, it's almost as if you turned on some kind of bass booster.
Like most Erasure albums, this one has a good set of songs from the danceable to the beautiful. Andy Bell has not lost his phenomenal range or emotional quality. If you've been listening to the MP3's, forget your initial reaction and get the CD. It will make you fully appreciate the album.
My musical tastes include: Sunscreem, Anything Box, Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, Smashing Pumpkins, Queen, Liz Phair, Sarah McLachlan, Beck, Jeff Buckley, and more.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. Kunnari on November 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I have everyone of Erasure's albums. My favorite is by far "Erasure" and also, "The Innocents". The problem with this album is not the lack of great songs, they're definately here, but it's the mixing. So the only way to review this album is to give it two reviews.
1) The Songs: They are good and better than "Cowboy." They really went for a different sound on this one. The addition of accoustic guitar is something I hope they just keep playing with in the future. It adds a new dimension to their already brilliant song writing. "Where in the World" and "Crying in the Rain" really shine after multiple listenings. The songs really are strong which I would give 4 stars to. BUT...
2) Who mixed this thing?!?!? The bass is so heavy that it's actually distorted even if the volume is brought down on a few tracks. The vocals are inaudible at times. The reverb is maxed out, creating very muddy mixes. The lyrics are impossible to understand on most tracks. I completely understand what they were going for; an ,ambient, moody album, but you must take great care in the mix to pull that off, and you MUST give the listeners a break from it every now and then. If anyone disagrees with how down right wrong the mixing is, listen to track 6, "Mad As We Are". The voice is inaudible and sounds like it was recorded in a bathroom and when the bass comes in, it almost blew my speaker.
My hope is that we see a remixed album for the US release. It doesn't need much tweaking to fix the problems, but it needs some help before I could put this album at the top of my Erasure list.
A Short Hint: Listen to the album on your desktop computer. Through smaller speakers, the bass is leveled and you can really here some of the brilliance of the writing on this album.
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