The countdown is on and I’m getting so excited. The new Erasure album, “The Violet Flame” comes out next week (in most of the world Monday, 9/22, and Tuesday, 9/23, in the United States).
And, I get to see Andy Bell and Vince Clarke in concert for the first time in Chicago on October 4th!
I’ve been a huge fan since I fell in love with “Oh L’amour” in 1986. The duo has now dazzled us with the most incredible dance music for almost three decades and their latest, their 16th studio album, is no different.
The lead single is the amazing “Elevation” and Andy has never sounded better.
Now, the dark-haired young man in the video is beautiful, but where is Andy and Vince? I’ll get over them not being in the video because I know they’ve been busy preparing for “The Violet Flame Tour” that kicked off last weekend with shows in Miami, Orlando, and St. Petersburg, Florida.
Before we got the first listen of “Elevation” in July, our last set of new music from Erasure was “Snow Globe”, their first holiday collection, last November. It was one of my favorite albums of 2013.
Now, while it featured their unique interpretation of holiday classics and some deep, dark holiday tunes, you knew their next full length dance album would be spectacular based on “There’ll Be No Tomorrow” and “Loving Man”, which still had me playing “Snow Globe” this spring and summer!
Here’s my blog from last November about my love for Erasure and “Snow Globe”.
Now, back to “The Violet Flame”. While it doesn’t come out until next week, “Gay Times” and “USA Today” is giving us a sneak peek at the entire album on their website.
The album kicks off with “Dead of Night” and it gets your pulse pumping after only about a fifteen second build-up. Andy’s voice is crisp and he’s in total control and is ready to take you on a journey.
“Elevation”, the first single is the album’s second track and that is followed by one of my favorite songs based on the first couple of listens, “Reason”.
This is from Sunday night’s show in St. Petersburg, Florida.
“Paradise”, the next to last song on the album, is another amazing, mesmerizing Erasure song. It sounds more like a modern-day EDM or trance song stolen from the disco era.
“The Violet Flame” is a classic Erasure dance album and it will become a classic!
Even when Andy and Vince slow things down on the beautiful love song, “Be The One”, it’s almost four minutes of bliss. As that song moves into the album’s sixth song, “Sacred”, it only takes Vince Clarke less than a minute to create another thumping dance track.
Unfortunately, outside of “Elevation”, the songs on the album are not on YouTube yet for me to feature in this blog. But, you can check them out here today with this link.
And, don’t forget to buy the album!
With “The Violet Flame”, I know Erasure is going to add to their hit tally back home in the U.K. and on the American dance charts.
“Elevation” debuted this week at #44 on the U.S. Billboard Dance chart and will become the group’s 23rd dance hit. Of those, 16 of them have reached the Top Ten and two topped the charts.
Back home in the U.K., Erasure has had 32 hits with 15 of them reaching the Top Ten.
Andy & Vince, I’m counting down the days until Chicago. Until then, I’ll have to put “The Violet Flame” on repeat.