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December 9, 2013, 7:14pm Report to Moderator

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I just bought the beautiful pop up castle. It's magical! It will be so good to listen to the album with the opened castle.
It's one of the most spectacular box sets!
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Very good album with any weak point. Excellent music production.  My fav songs are "Take Me Back" and "Always".
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This is my all time favorite from Erasure


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It's a very special, MAGICAL album... (that's the word that always comes to mind, magical!)
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It was so special to me that I went looking for the castle in Germany that inspired this album. I have to go back and look for these photos


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It was so special to me that I went looking for the castle in Germany that inspired this album. I have to go back and look for these photos


post them please!
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Quoted from Mikedepaz
This is my all time favorite from Erasure


Wow Mike, that is quite a bold statement!  If I HAD to choose to save 1 Erasure album, knowing all other albums would be forever destroyed, I'd pick I Say also.  I hate to say it's my "favorite" but well I guess it is!

I've always wondered why V&A haven't gone back to I Say's method of songwriting, with the music first and vocals second.  I think it makes this album, esp. Vince's synths, SHINE.  Like MikeyC said, it's truly magical.

I Say came out just as I was beginning college, and it had a powerful ripple effect throughout my circle of friends and family.  Almost everyone I know who likes Erasure holds up I Say as their crowning achievement (or ties with Chorus).  Part of it had to do with the artwork.  It's PERFECT!  Whereas Innocents looked boring, Wild! looked glam and Chorus looked very medical/sterile, here you had a portal to a magical world that invites you in.  It is friendly without being childish, wonderful without being campy.  I remember seeing this album on a lot of people's shelves back then, and looking back that was when Erasure started to fall away from the mainstream at least here in the US.  I suspect this was the last Erasure album a lot of "normals" ever bought.

The songs themselves: amazing.  No one here needs to be told how incredible Take Me Back was, and is, for an opener.  At the very beginning, you're thrown over a waterfall.  Man in the Moon and So the Story Goes are the kinds of Erasure songs that keep me a fan to this day.  Understated and artistic, perfectly structured.  Run to the Sun is fast without being so in-yer-face-dance floor (my preference).  Always is a perfect song: mid-tempo and radio friendly.  Even to this day, many people who don't listen to Erasure know (and like) Always.  By the time you get to Because You're So Sweet, you feel like you've been on a perfectly crafted ride and the only problem is that the ride was just too darn short.

I could just as easily gush about Chorus and Erasure self-titled as well...  they both have a certain special something about them that endear them to me and I wouldn't change either for anything.  But the cherry on top of all Erasure's albums is this heartwarming album with the silly title: I Say I Say I Say.


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Decent album, has the fantastic Always, but for whatever reason Erasure seem to distance them selves from this album
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Decent album, has the fantastic Always, but for whatever reason Erasure seem to distance them selves from this album


Yup, as I mentioned before, apart from Always, they have never played any of those songs Live. It's a very weird dilemma for a #1 album.


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I don't know, I am a little torn with this album. I personally like it and the older I get the more I appreciate it but it's definitely not my favourite. I also think, as glazball pointed out, this was the beginning of the end for Erasure's mainstream appeal. I can remember a lot of my friends who had always supported Erasure scratching their heads when this album came out and by the time the self-titled album was released many of them had lost interest. Also, the fact that they didn't go on tour after the album was released wasn't helpful either I would say.
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I don't know, I am a little torn with this album. I personally like it and the older I get the more I appreciate it but it's definitely not my favourite. I also think, as glazball pointed out, this was the beginning of the end for Erasure's mainstream appeal. I can remember a lot of my friends who had always supported Erasure scratching their heads when this album came out and by the time the self-titled album was released many of them had lost interest. Also, the fact that they didn't go on tour after the album was released wasn't helpful either I would say.


From what I've read in interviews, it was the bands, shall we say, personnel problems, that was the beginning of the end for erasures
mainstream appeal in the 90's, the talent has always been there, I'm just glad they are still here here making music and albums like
Nightbird and the Violet Flame prove they have still got it

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Yup, as I mentioned before, apart from Always, they have never played any of those songs Live. It's a very weird dilemma for a #1 album.


Which is especially odd considering Vince frequently "name checks" Martyn Ware as a close friend, influence and the creator of some of his favorite music...
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Which is especially odd considering Vince frequently "name checks" Martyn Ware as a close friend, influence and the creator of some of his favorite music...


I thought Martyn Ware did an amazing job here. I wish there would Be a night they played I Say from beginning to end.


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