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VINE VOICEon October 11, 2011
let's cut to the chase - i haven't enjoyed an erasure album on first listen this much since 'i say i say i say.' it's a great album, not just a great erasure album. let's discuss!

'when i start to (break it all down)' is a curious choice as the first single as it's not really indicative of the rest of the album. it's a fine song, but lacks the propulsive energy found in the rest of the album. and that energy is exactly what makes 'tomorrow's world' really shine. it's infused with new-found vitality, rejuvenation, and sounds oddly relevant. bringing frankmusik in to produce was a nice stroke. he's coaxed out vince's yazoo days, musically speaking, of course, in embracing minor chords more than on past albums. (and andy's vocals, as always, are pristine - though there isn't too much here at the lower end of his register). tracks like 'i lose myself,' (it's easy to imagine alison moyet singing this one) 'be with us,' 'a whole lotta love run riot' and 'then i go twisting' are all dance floor stompers and primed for endless remixes (this is a good thing!). and aside from misguided auto-tune vocals on 'a whole lotta love run riot,' there's not really a misstep on the entire album. it feels as complete and whole as any erasure ever has. on a personal note, my favorite track is 'what will i say when you are gone.' beautiful.

it won't convert the naysayers, but for those of us who've been with vince andy the last twenty years, it's a terrific album. there's nothing immediately memorable and classic as, say, 'oh l'amour,' 'chains of love,' 'a little respect,' or 'always,' but as a whole it trumps, at least in my opinion, the last four or five albums and is right up there with 'the innocents,' 'i say' and 'the circus.'

hats off to you, gentlemen. many have copied, but the original keeps the crown.
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on October 29, 2011
As another person said this is the first Erasure album since I Say I Say I Say that has excited me like they used to even upon first listen. It's a new evolved sound that is so necessary for them. I feel young again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I haven't had much interest in a new Erasure album since the string that started with "Other People's Songs" in 2003. They seemed to be coasting for a spell, until "Tomorrow's World." After some lackluster albums and a batch of live sets, Vince and Andy made a vital change and handed their music over to an outside producer, Frankmusik. He pulls the duo into the new century with some timely production, putting some much needed carbonation in Erasure's sound. "Tell me that you want me," Andy Bell calls out as the album opens. For a change, the answer is yes. Erasure has (since "Light At The End of The World," at least) matured into a consistency that puts them into a pocket.

There are plenty of songs here to remind you why you fell in love with Erasure back when their first album came out in 1986. "When I Start (To Break it All Down)" is the kind of questioning love song they've always specialized in, as well as dance floor pumpers. Both "Fill Us With Fire" and the auto-tuned inflected "Then I Go Twisting" are itching to get remixed, as are several other songs on the CD. Even the band knows that they're no longer the kids they used to be.

"Then I go inside, bored of this modern town
Sick of this techno, monophonic sound
Turning the lights down, modern life's so dull
More of the same stuff."

...And Andy is singing this over a popping synth groove. It's nice to listen to Erasure who are not only making good music again, but that they recognize where they (and we) are. "Tomorrow's World" is their 14th studio album, and it fits in well with many of their other albums.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2011
I have been listening to Erasure since the song "Hideaway" had been release eon's ago. I have enjoyed most albums, and appreciated the different avenues they sometimes travel. This is another avenue that goes more dance/disco. I have purchased every maxi-single and remix I could over the years and the Deluxe version covers that bill nicely. The album has some standouts, and I feel it's right in line with many of the remixed versions of other songs I had bought in the past, and in many cases I preferred the remixes. If you are a casual listener, or prefer a less "remix" style album, you may not like this album as much. The only opinion I have is in some ways it's more of the same old, same old...with a new producer adding in disco themes. That can be fine, but it can get old quickly as well. I would like to see the boys branch out again and do something completely new and original, outside their comfort zones, and really do a breakout album. They have such a great catalog now, and I am not complaining at all! It's always nice to have new music from Erasure, and I will probably be a fan for life. Any group that can produce and make new music that stands the test of time for over 20 yrs deserves praise and recognition. I recommend the purchase if you liked Andy Bell's Solo efforts, especially his first one "electric blue". I say go for it :-)
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VINE VOICEon October 11, 2011
let's cut to the chase - i haven't enjoyed an erasure album on first listen this much since 'i say i say i say.' it's a great album, not just a great erasure album. let's discuss!

'when i start to (break it all down)' is a curious choice as the first single as it's not really indicative of the rest of the album. it's a fine song, but lacks the propulsive energy found in the rest of the album. and that energy is exactly what makes 'tomorrow's world' really shine. it's infused with new-found vitality, rejuvenation, and sounds oddly relevant. bringing frankmusik in to produce was a nice stroke. he's coaxed out vince's yazoo days, musically speaking, of course, in embracing minor chords more than on past albums. (and andy's vocals, as always, are pristine - though there isn't too much here at the lower end of his register). tracks like 'i lose myself,' (it's easy to imagine alison moyet singing this one) 'be with us,' 'a whole lotta love run riot' and 'then i go twisting' are all dance floor stompers and primed for endless remixes (this is a good thing!). and aside from misguided auto-tune vocals on 'a whole lotta love run riot,' there's not really a misstep on the entire album. it feels as complete and whole as any erasure ever has. on a personal note, my favorite track is 'what will i say when you are gone.' beautiful.

it won't convert the naysayers, but for those of us who've been with vince andy the last twenty years, it's a terrific album. there's nothing immediately memorable and classic as, say, 'oh l'amour,' 'chains of love,' 'a little respect,' or 'always,' but as a whole it trumps, at least in my opinion, the last four or five albums and is right up there with 'the innocents,' 'i say' and 'the circus.'

hats off to you, gentlemen. many have copied, but the original keeps the crown.
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VINE VOICEon December 23, 2011
I read most of the 35 reviews posted here and I see some strange things written here and I see some things that make sense as well. It's rough being an Erasure fan, having stuck with them all these years. I think we fans should appreciate the fact that they are still around and still making music. Most duos and/or bands don't last 25 years. We fans are still fans, no matter what phase of Erasure's career we enjoy. I don't think we fans are disappointed that they continue to release new music every few years.

That being said, complaints seem to be directed at Andy's vocals, the production value by Frankmusik, and the lyrics. I agree that Andy's vocals are tweaked on this album, but generally speaking if you are going to nitpick that much about the decline in his vocals, I say why bother? He's aging, and everyone knows that most singers, as they age, their vocals deepen. Manipulating his vocals is something that's trendy right now in popular music, and you either like that or hate it. I mean Cher's vocals were manipulated for "Believe" and no one seemed to complain, sending it to number one. Andy Bell still sounds like Andy Bell here. There's no mistaking it.

The production value is more contemporary, and it didn't bother me. There are many artists that upgrade their sound using contemporary producers and studio techniques and I've never had a problem with artists who do this. I don't really want Erasure to sound like 1986 or 1991 or 1997. But they still do, even with this new producer. I mean "Loveboat" was a more radical change in sound that "Tomorrow's World". "Union" was a more radical change in their sound.

Lyrics. Since when has Andy or Vince been Bob Dylan? Their lyrics haven't changed that much over the years. What is the point about denouncing their lyrics as sub-par on "Tomorrow's World"?

So here it is: I, too, have been a fan of Erasure, getting on board in 1988 with "The Innocents" and never looking back. I have everything from Depeche Mode, and I have both of Yaz's albums. I have both of Andy Bell's solo albums as well. I think I agree with fans who have felt that, perhaps since 1997's "Cowboy", Erasure have been hit or miss. "Loveboat" was sort of a miss, "Other People's Song" was sort of a miss, "Nightbird" was mostly a hit, "Union" was a miss and "Light At The End Of The World" was a miss.

"Tomorrow's World", if you take into account what I've argued above, is a hit. It returns Andy and Vince to their proper place--catchy, upbeat, synth and beat driven songs about forlorn love, which is what they've always excelled at. This is the first time since "Cowboy" that I felt the duo is alive. I also noticed that "Tomorrow's World" is their highest charting album in the U.S. since "Cowboy", peaking at number 61 and 43 respectively. Every album they have released in between has either not charted or has not cracked the top 100 albums. Album sales speak to me as proof that other buyers feel the same way, that perhaps "Tomorrow's World" is the best thing they've done in over a decade, arguably.

I liked seeing that there was only 9 songs (just like the old days!) I added the additional bonus track, "Give Me Life" from disc two to round out the album at an even 10 tracks. Short and sweet, just how it should be. Someone complained about the brevity, and that someone(s) must not have heard the golden rule that less is more. This is the old Erasure with plastic surgery enhancements. They are new and improved in places while still looking like their old selves.

"Tomorrow's World" isn't their best work, but come on now, it's not one, two or three stars either. There's hardly a bad song to be found here. "Be With You" is classic Erasure, full of bouncy snyth beauty and contemporary Erasure beats. "Fill Us With Fire" is also similar. "You've Got To Save Me Right Now" finds the duo at their most soulful in years. "A Whole Lotta Love Run Riot" is about as contemporary sounding as Erasure can get with distorted vocals and cut and paste production values. First single, "When I Start To (Break It All Down)" is a strong ballad reminder in the vein of "Always"--their highest charting single in the U.S. to date. I think it was a good first single, but let's face it, the music industry is in decline and chaos, so an old band like Erasure has no chance of catching the public's attention anymore, so it flopped, as the album has already done (61 isn't a hit album when you have dumb but catchy Katy Perry storming the charts).

Four stars for a good album that deserves to be bought and listened to repeatedly. It sits nicely next to Erasure's better albums, and it avoids the pitfalls that have hampered most of Erasure's work over the past decade. Here's how "Tomorrow's World" compares to Erasure's previous works:

Erasure:
1986 Wonderland: Three and a Half Stars
1987 The Circus: Four Stars
1988 The Innocents: Four Stars
1989 Wild!: Four Stars
1991 Chorus: Five Stars
1994 I Say I Say I Say: Four Stars
1995 Erasure: Four Stars
1997 Cowboy: Four Stars
2000 Loveboat: Three Stars
2003 Other People's Songs: Three Stars
2005 Nightbird: Four Stars
2006 Union Street: Three Stars
2007 Light At The End Of The World: Three Stars
2011 Tomorrow's World: Four Stars

Andy Bell Solo:
2005 Electric Blue: Three and a Half Stars
2010 Non-stop: Three and a Half Stars
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2011
I really like Erasure here. They have been around for a long time and continue to keep up with today's modern sound while keeping true to their electronic base. The true gem here is the bonus CD. The demo versions and remixes are just as good as the originals on the main CD and Andy's voice is his "own" and not as electronically enhanced as in the main CD. Overall,,true Erasure fans will like it and see how this magnificant duo has evolved over the past 25 years.
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on August 15, 2012
I've been an Erasure fan for almost 20 years and have opinions about their prior albums ranging from "eh" to "brilliant." This album falls somewhere in the middle for me. Some of the songs have a definite life and sensitivity to them that are reminiscent of the Erasure I love (Just When I Thought It Was Ending, A Whole Lotta Love Run Riot), but other songs just fail to catch me in the way I've come to expect from Erasure. I still enjoy the album, but it's not in heavy rotation the way albums like Nightbird and Erasure are for me.
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on April 24, 2012
Had heard a few of the songs prior to release during the Tomorrow's World Tour so has some idea of the product. The album starts out strong with great synth-pop sound, certainly inspired and engineered by producer Frankmusik. Certainly a progression and evolution of their work and style and not a repeat of the same formula. Deluxe edition is fun as it contains a few B sides and interesting to see how some of the tunes started before final post-recording edits. Overall, album runs short and plays the length of an EP, but all songs are new and fun. Would definitely recommend it to Erasure and synth pop fans, however not where to start if an Erasure neophyte. The Innocents or Chorus would be the best place to start.
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on October 12, 2014
This is a great album, but do not go by this listing for the track listing on CD #2 - I don't know who put these track listings here, but they are not what is contained on the actual disc #2.
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