Snow Globe (CD)


Erasure

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Amoeba Review

11/22/2013

It may seem odd on paper, but Erasure’s twinkling synthesizers, skyward melodies, optimism and elegant soundscapes have always been akin to holiday music. Snow Globe collects some new originals by the duo, plus Erasured versions of holiday classics. The album’s opening tracks mostly roll through as any new Erasure album would, making it of interest to any fan of the band. “Bells of Love’s” synths move gracefully, while Andy Bell subverts the holiday song format—“I don’t believe in your religion, I only know what I can see,” he sings declaratively, before putting a positive spin on things, singing “so many sad, so many lonely, it’s only love that sets us free.” “Make It Wonderful” gives us a big, synthy anthem in the vein of classic Erasure hits, while “Loving Man” brings in a disco beat for a song about being grateful and giving—deftly incorporating holiday sentiment while Erasure stay true to themselves, singing “I’m a boy, I’m a girl who has everything.” Meanwhile, the covers are reasonably faithful—“Silent Night” retains its icy beauty; “The Christmas Song” has a jaunty electro beat and squirting synths to give a new wave spin; and “White Christmas” is sung over raindrops and tones that fall like snow. Yet Erasure also realize the holidays are complicated, and all the emotions they bring out aren’t always nice, which is why the album’s second half features tracks with not so happy-go-lucky titles like “Bleak Midwinter,” “Blood on the Snow” and “There’ll Be No Tomorrow.” However, save for the pretty stark “Blood on the Snow,” even these songs carry a beauty unique to Erasure that will endear them to longtime fans, and the covers will make a nice album to play around grandma and the kids, while the darker stuff should go over their heads. For a balanced holiday album you can actually stomach, shake things up this season with Snow Globe.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Bells Of Love (Isabelle's Of Love)
Erasure 03:59
2.
Gaudete
Erasure 02:43
3.
Make It Wonderful
Erasure 03:34
4.
Sleep Quietly
Erasure 02:52
5.
Silent Night
Erasure 03:53
6.
Loving Man
Erasure 03:23
7.
The Christmas Song
Erasure 02:26
8.
Bleak Midwinter
Erasure 04:27
9.
Blood On The Snow
Erasure 03:43
10.
There'll Be No Tomorrow
Erasure 03:39
11.
Midnight Clear
Erasure 03:32
12.
White Christmas
Erasure 03:29
13.
Silver Bells
Erasure 03:05

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