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Erasure: World Be Gone

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Label: Mute Records
Released: 2017.05.19
Category: Synthpop
Producer(s): Andy Bell, Vince Clarke
Media type: CD
Web address: www.erasureinfo.com
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Purchase date: 2018
Price in €: 1,00

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[1] Love You to the Sky (A.Bell/V.Clarke) - 4:26
[2] Be Careful What You Wish For! (A.Bell/V.Clarke) - 3:21
[3] World Be Gone (A.Bell/V.Clarke) - 3:29
[4] A Bitter Parting (A.Bell/V.Clarke) - 3:13
[5] Still It's Not Over (A.Bell/V.Clarke) - 4:03
[6] Take Me Out of Myself (A.Bell/V.Clarke) - 4:24
[7] Sweet Summer Loving (A.Bell/V.Clarke) - 3:25
[8] Oh What a World (A.Bell/V.Clarke) - 4:15
[9] Lousy Sum of Nothing (A.Bell/V.Clarke) - 4:12
[10] Just a Little Love (A.Bell/V.Clarke) - 3:13

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Andy Bell - Vocals, Art Direction, Producer
Vince Clarke - Keyboards, Guitars, Computer, Producer

Mike Allison - Vocal Production
Matty Green - Mixing
Eric Boulanger - Mastering
Paul A. Taylor - Art Direction
Louise Hendy - Paintings, Design

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Erasure's self-produced 17th studio album, World Be Gone finds the duo honing in on a reflective synth pop befitting the wind-down portion of the dance. Affected by the political upheaval of the period leading up to its release in the spring of 2017, it features a few calls to action amid selections that are more generally about the need for love. The rousing opener, "Love You to the Sky," is a straight-up love song (and classic earworm) that begins with Krupa-like drums, establishing a thumping drumbeat that makes it the closest thing to a club track on the record. More sociopolitical in nature are "Lousy Sum of Nothing," a plea for political engagement and caring, and "Oh What a World." The latter is a darker, gothy entry that opens with the lyrics "I want to be in the witness protection program/I don't like what we've become," later adding "A million voices go unheard/What became of wanting to be free?" It builds to a gospel-tinged chorus for singer Andy Bell, who provides his own choral-style harmonies. "Still It's Not Over" is another song that begs for social change, with "a time for quiet contemplation dying on the steps of city hall." A keyboard ballad with minimal drums, it puts all the focus on Bell's words and the melodic payoff of the chorus. Elsewhere, the lyrics "Please talk to me as if I'm equal" carry a double meaning that works in the context of a relationship or greater society. While the album's tone is certainly restrained, it's hopeful, too; "Sweet Summer Loving" exudes gratitude, and the final track, "Just a Little Love," parts on a bright note and four on the floor. While there's no real dance anthem in the bunch, World Be Gone does deliver on vocals and memorable Vince Clarke melodies, as well as on arrangements that add some oomph to slower tempos. At the time of its release, it seems on point.

Marcy Donelson - All Music Guide

Of Britain’s inheritors of the Radiophonic mantle, few have more skilfully adapted their innovative sounds to revolutionise pop music than Erasure’s Vince Clarke. There’s a beguiling modesty about his work on World Be Gone, which eschews fancy flourishes in favour of presenting each song at its optimum: as in the way that the melodic lines of the title-track percolate free of the anchoring beat, allowing plenty of space for Andy Bell’s earnestly regretful vocal. It’s an odd album, split between full-on dancefloor stompers like the euphoric summer romance anthem “Love You To The Sky” and less successful stabs at political commentary such as “Lousy Sum Of Nothing”, an overly simplistic bout of finger-wagging about how “the world has lost its loving” in respect of the refugee crisis. By far the best of these is “Still It’s Not Over”, which uses classic nursery-rhyme plague metaphors - “like a ring of roses, everyone was falling down” - to commemorate Aids victims.


World Be Gone is the seventeenth studio album by English synthpop duo Erasure. The album was released through Mute Records on 19 May 2017 in the UK, and 20 May 2017 in North America. The album reached #6 on the UK Album charts but it fell out of the Top 100 in the next week. In February 2017, it was announced via the Erasure Information Service newsletter that a new album project had been launched on Pledgemusic. The lead single received its UK radio premiere on 16 March on DJ Chris Evans' radio show following a conversation with singer Andy Bell. The album was made available on CD, black vinyl, orange vinyl and on cassette (with the latter including a download code). Thus World Be Gone was one of the few mainstream albums in the year 2017 to be made available as a CD, on vinyl and on cassette at the same time, very much like album releases in the late 80s and early 90s. World Be Gone received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 69, based on 10 reviews.


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