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Erasure (Andy Bell and Vince Clarke) has always been adept at examining politics. It's just, perhaps, we were too busy dancing to register and contemplate the deeper meaning behind many of their classic songs, or perhaps world events just feel so much more intense right now. World Be Gone (the follow up to 2014's The Violet Flame), sees the band in an altogether more thoughtful and reflective mood. It's less bombastic than its predecessor, love is still the focus but recent political upheavals have also left their mark.
From the pounding beats of the album opener (and first single), "Love You To The Sky," the listener is immediately enveloped in Erasure at their optimistic best with a soaring chorus that fills the room with love and promise. On "World Be Gone," recent political upheavals are given a thoughtful examination and, as highlighted on the painted artwork showing a ship's masthead rising up from being submerged in the stormy waters, Erasure are looking ahead, towards an expectant future which points towards love as evidenced on the buoyant closer "Just A Little Love":
Erasure has, since their first single released back in 1985, distilled pop to its purest form. From the very start of their career Vince Clarke and Andy Bell have provided a crash-course in impassioned and soul-fueled synthesizer hits, throughout showcasing Clarke's electronic genius and Bell's vocal gusto and heart-on- sleeve lyrical acumen throughout. Erasure took synthesizer away from icy affectation and into the world of a no-questions- asked pop.
Theirs is one of the greatest songwriting partnerships in British pop. It's a simple recipe, suggests Vince: "I don't think the world of pop has changed all that much in all the years we've been together. I think people still enjoy a good tune they can sing out aloud in the shower."