Other People's Songs

Other People's Songs

by Erasure


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Skipping merrily down a career path that should turn them into the stars of the first synth-pop Vegas revue, Andy Bell and Vince Clarke effortlessly roll out a covers album that would make Tony Bennett proud -- if Tony's heart twinged at Korg squiggles as much as it does for San Francisco. Other People's Songs will bring joy to anyone who enjoys classic songs remixed in a nonstop synthetic torch-song style. Not nearly the kitsch-fest that was Abba-esque, Erasure's '92 interpretations of the Swedish band's hits, this new collection is quite serious about placing standards from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees alongside '70s Englishmen who helped shape Bell and Clarke's own sound. So Buddy Holly, the Righteous Brothers, and Elvis fit comfortably alongside Cockney Rebel's glorious "Make Me Smile," the Buggles' self-manifesting "Video Killed the Radio Star," and Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill." All sound exactly like you'd expect them to, lovingly under-arranged by Clarke, who remains one of electronic pop's masterful melody makers, and simply sung by Bell, who continues to use the limitations of his voice to his advantage. Yes, the world may not need another version of "Can't Help Falling in Love with You," but if you walked into a cabaret and heard Erasure's pop-trance take on it, you'd surely feel like you'd unexpectedly discovered a pot of gold.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/05/2003
Label: Emi Europe Generic
UPC: 0724358031324
catalogNumber: 580313
Rank: 102963

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Erasure   Primary Artist
Mick Martin   Vocals
Martin Phillipps   Human Whistle,Bells
Emma Whittle   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Cliff Eberhardt   Composer
Peter Gabriel   Composer
Buddy Holly   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
Robert Maxwell   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Dave Bascombe   Producer
Vince Clarke   Contributor
Luigi Creatore   Composer
Geoffrey Downes   Composer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Steve Harley   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Gareth Jones   Engineer
Hugo Peretti   Composer
Martin Phillipps   Programming
Carl Sigman   Composer
James Warren   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Bruce Woolley   Composer
Andy Bell   Contributor

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Other People's Songs 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Quite simply, most of this album will get your feet tapping, or get you singing along with it. Is it "typical" erasure? In that it uses synthesizers, Yes. Other than that, it is new in a number of facets, but most importantly, look at the material covered. What should be noticed is the depth and differing styles of the songs covered... Solsbury Hill is a strong choice as first single and great song, You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling is an interesting take on a classic (no, it's not like TOP GUN), and Walking in the Rain has much promise. The boys are back, and judging by the layers of sound in Solsbury Hill, there is LOTS to be discovered in Other People's Songs
Guest More than 1 year ago
While the phrase "standard bearers of the '80s sound" has been applied to Erasure numerous times, it fails to accurately portray what the band is about. What is Erasure about? Performing timeless pop music. The band happened to first make it big in the '80s, but the songs of Clarke/Bell could have easily succeeded alongside those of Bacharach/David, John/Taupin, and countless others. "Victim of Love," "Chains of Love," "Chorus," etc. - they all are so damn catchy that it's a wonder the band didn't have more hits in the U.S. More than anything, "Other People's Songs" shows how Erasure fit into the broader musical landscape. After listening to "Pop - The First 20 Hits," "Other People's Songs" makes you realize what great songwriters Clarke and Bell are. The songs on "Pop" stand up amazingly well next to the songs "Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)," "Everyday," "Ebb Tide," "Can't Help Falling In Love," and "You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling." Andy Bell's tender voice does justice to these songs. The arrangements are definately "Erasurized." Vince's songs are always layered with hooks, and he adds pleanty more to these classics without over-doing it. While Erasure spent much of the '90s writing and performing more experimental music - often with brilliant results - this collection takes them back to their roots - and to the roots of pop music in general. This is a very comfortable place to be in this era of uncertainty.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Historically, I've been a big fan of Erasure. The music on these tunes suffers, and causes us to suffer along with it. No amount of sincerity on Andy Bell's part can fix the fact that the powerful nature of some of these songs has been lost, and the sensitivity of others has been homogenized by the electronics. At times I felt like R2-D2 was providing the backups for Bell... Vince, I'd have hoped for more from you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that Andy and Vince have put together an album to pay homage to some great older tunes that a new generation can enjoy. The point of 'remakes' is to make an effort to change or update a particular song and give a voice for a new audience to enjoy. Not everyone appreciates older music. I thank the boys for bringing these songs back into the limelight. I haven't heard "Come Up and See Me" since Duran Duran did it for a live show! Andy...Vince...I love you boys!! Keep on doing it 'your' way. Much love.