I Say I Say I Say
This number one album was the first Erasure album I owned, and to this day remains one of my favourites. The whole package is extremely professional, particularly the aesthetic sleeve design and presentation. Take Me Back isn't a typical Erasure song, but is one of their finest. The imagery reminds me of the wonderland depicted on the sleeve design as we are escorted to a beautiful haven via Andy's lyrics. But what makes this song so special is the way it climaxes superbly, both musically and lyrically with the final "please don't tell me anything, I'd rather fall into you" never failing to send shivers down the spin. A flawless track of unparalleled brilliance, this is my favourite song of all time. Despite the song opening with the finest song ever written, the quality barely dips, and the marvellous I Love Saturday follows. A catchy toe-tapping number, it underachieved in the UK charts but deserved the airplay it received. Full of electronic bleeps and harmonic backing vocals, it is a joy to behold and one of Erasure's most pleasant and enjoyable tracks.
Nothing can match the relentless melodies and sorcery of I Say I Say I Say. Take Me Back ebbs and breaks like an electronic sea of soundwaves while the theatric So The Story Goes soars with the aide of the Cathedral Choir. The track's lyrics brim with innocence and idealism...not to mention, they're the Godfathers of pop and hardly anyone does it better.Slant Magazine
As if I Say I Say I Say hasn't started well enough we are treated once more to another tremendous Erasure song in Man In The Moon. Andy's lyrics set the tone to this classic song, complimented with a wonderful arrangement from Vince, this song simply oozes class with faultless production from Martyn Ware throughout. The album next slows for the ballad So The Story Goes. The Choir of St. Patrick's Cathedral are featured to compliment Andy's voice, but this does little to inspire a largely unexciting song. This album lowlight is quickly forgotten as it is followed by the up-tempo Run To The Sun. This track sticks out from the album as it's pseudo-techno sound is not in keeping with the rest of the album's style. This does not make this a bad track by any means, indeed this is a highly enjoyable number sung with passion, particularly as the song reaches its finale.
Next up is the magnificent Always, a song that deserves to immortalise the band forever more. This song made me a fan, and many others no doubt with the awesome chorus and sensational musical backdrop. Sheer genius, this is a song fit for any 90s or Millennium compilation and will rarely be bettered. For the definition of the ultimate pop song, look up Always. Amazingly, this track is followed by another excellent song in All Through The Years. The backing vocals in the chorus and the metaphoric imagery encapsulated in the lyrics underline the outstanding song writing ability of the band. Once more Vince's melodies and Ware's production are perfect, making this one of Erasure's finest album tracks.
Fans' Best/Worst Of
- Take Me Back
- All Through The Years
- Blues Away
- So The Story Goes
Unfortunately after this, the album deteriorates slightly, with the remaining three tracks lacking the cutting edge quality some their predecessors. Blues Away contains some interesting lyrics, but the falsetto vocals and slightly underwhelming chorus means this track falls a little short. Miracle, once more choir assisted is a pleasant song, but again lacks a certain something to make this a significant track. Because You're So Sweet is a nice song and a good way to conclude the album, but having accustomed myself to the superior Session Mix of this song found on the cassette single of I Love Saturday before hearing this I Say I Say I Say mix, I find it difficult to enthuse over this album version of the song. It is though a very pleasant ballad.
This album is a jewel in the Erasure crown and should be an indispensable member of everyone's record collection. Full of various electronic bleeps and whooshes it is one of Erasure's most synthesized albums, but with an exceptional quality of song writing within. This album's only fault is that after All Through The Years all the album highlights have been and gone, but the quality of what has gone before still makes this a sensational album. A must own.
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