HITS! THE VERY BEST OF ERASURE
ALBUM MUTE, PLAYGROUND RELEASE:
OCTOBER 16 (EUROPE), NOVEMBER 11 (USA), 2003 REVIEW: NOVEMBER
the year 2003 and Erasure apparently thought we needed another compilation
album. The band released one a couple of years ago with the name “Pop!
The First 20 Hits”, and as you could probably guess, it features
the band's first 20 hits. That album gives a very good overview of the
band, and after that, the hits haven’t been as many. This new effort
understandably focuses a little bit more on the later tracks of their
career, but the earlier stuff is on it to some degree as well, even though
the first album is only represented by “Oh L’amour”.
So what gives then? Should you put your hard earned money on this, or
buy, say, the new Iris album instead? If you ask me - and you do, otherwise
you wouldn’t be reading this - Iris is a better bet. If you know
Erasure, this is not going to give you anything new, except a new version
of “Oh L’amour” that’s not much to write home
about. If you don’t know Erasure, you’re better off getting
the first collection instead, as it includes more of their absolutely
fantastic pop songs from the era when they were at the top of their game.
So don’t get me wrong, I love Erasure, but the value of this release
is a bit dubious. I think the idea is that since many people have given
up on the band, this disc is for those to hear selections of the new material
as well. The problem is that the new songs are much weaker.
The new DVD video collection however, is a different beast altogether,
and you can read my take on it in a separate review.
The DVD offers 35 singles with good sound quality and of course you can
sometimes just listen to the music on the DVD.