What is the best Erasure album ever?

What is the best Erasure album ever?

We rated every studio album track by track

To find out which is the best Erasure album, I did the work and rated every single album track by track. I summarized the result in a ranking that you can find here. At the end of the article, the values are again clearly arranged, shown chronologically in a curve graph. Furthermore you can check the in-depth rating of each song by clicking the “Track by Track rating” accordion tabs.

Quantity or quality is the question concerning Erasure

The quality of Erasure albums have significant ups and downs. While in the mid-90s the focus was still more on quantity and the quality noticeably declined, Andy Bell and Vince Clarke fortunately caught themselves again at the beginning of the 2000s and no longer demanded this high output from themselves. The enormous output that Erasure has been producing for decades must of course be credited to the guys. So it’s perfectly legitimate not to produce a hit album sometimes.

The best Erasure album charts

Erasure - Snow Globe

16. Snow Globe

Release: 2013
Overall Rating: 2.15 ★★☆☆☆
Great tracks: (None)
Weak tracks: Sleep Quietly, Silent Night, The Christmas Song, Bleak Midwinter, Blood On The Snow, Midnight Clear, White Christmas, Silver Bells

It’s okay if you call me the ‘Grinch‘, because I have to admit that I’m not a big fan of christmas. It’s over hyped, the weather sucks and my blood pressure rises to infinity as soon as I have to listen to ‘Last Christmas’ by ‘Wham!‘ for the thousandth time. Guess how much I would like to listen to an christmas album by ‘Erasure’?

  1. Bells Of Love (Isabelle’s Of Love) 3
  2. Gaudete 2.5
  3. Make It Wonderful 3.5
  4. Sleep Quietly 2
  5. Silent Night 1.5
  6. Loving Man 3
  7. The Christmas Song 1.5
  8. Bleak Midwinter 2
  9. Blood On The Snow 2
  10. There’ll Be No Tomorrow! 2.5
  11. Midnight Clear 1.5
  12. White Christmas 1.5
  13. Silver Bells 1.5

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Erasure - Loveboat

15. Loveboat

Release: 2000
Overall Rating: 2.41 ★★☆☆☆
Great tracks: (None)
Weak tracks: Mad As We Are, Love Is The Rage

There is little I can say about the album except: A total failure! Everything sounds like it was transmitted through cotton wool. I’m completely out of this album.

  1. Freedom 3
  2. Where In The World 2.5
  3. Crying In The Rain 2.5
  4. Perchance To Dream 2.5
  5. Alien 2.5
  6. Mad As We Are 2
  7. Here In My Heart 2.5
  8. Love Is The Rage 2
  9. Catch 22 2.5
  10. Moon And The Sky 2.5
  11. Surreal 2

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Erasure - Wild!

14. Wild

Release: 1989
Overall Rating: 3.14 ★★★☆☆
Great tracks: You Surround Me, Brother And Sister
Weak tracks: Piano Song (instrumental), Piano Song

The album ‘Wild’ is just a marginal note for me. At the time of its release, I only noticed it casually and it never really took me with it.

  1. Piano Song (Instrumental) 2
  2. Blue Savannah 3
  3. Drama! 3.5
  4. How Many Times? 3
  5. Star 3
  6. La Gloria 3
  7. You Surround Me 4
  8. Brother And Sister 4
  9. 2,000 Miles 3
  10. Crown Of Thorns 3.5
  11. Piano Song 2.5

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Erasure - Erasure

13. Erasure

Release: 1995
Overall Rating: 3.18 ★★★☆☆
Great tracks: Rescue Me, Fingers And Thumbs (Cold Summer’s Day)
Weak tracks: Intro: Guess I’m Into Feeling

Only one year after the excellent album ‘I Say I Say I Say’, the self-titled album ‘Erasure’ is released. To be quite honest, I have to say that most of the tracks sound like unfinished b-sides of the last production to me. I think they wanted to forge the iron while it’s still hot. A great gift for die-hard fans, but not a good Erasure album.

  1. Intro: Guess I’m Into Feeling 2.5
  2. Rescue Me 4
  3. Sono Luminus 3
  4. Fingers And Thumbs (Cold Summer’s Day) 4
  5. Rock Me Gently 3
  6. Grace 3
  7. Stay With Me 3
  8. Love The Way You Do So 3
  9. Angel 3.5
  10. I Love You 3
  11. A Long Goodbye 3

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Erasure -Wonderland

12. Wonderland

Release: 1986
Overall Rating: 3.18 ★★★☆☆
Great tracks: Who Need Love Like That, Reunion, Oh L’amour
Weak tracks: My Heart … So Blue

The debut album of ‘Erasure’ is without question a classic in the history of Electropop. Especially with such a strong single as “Oh L’amour“, which never made it into the big Top 10 charts. But who cares about the charts? Let’s just say that it’s a great debut album, but in the track by track rating the album also has many weak to mid-range songs. That’s why it didn’t get a high position in this ranking.

  1. Who Needs Love Like That 4
  2. Reunion 4
  3. Cry So Easy 3.5
  4. Push Me Shove Me 3
  5. Heavenly Action 3
  6. Say What 3
  7. Love Is A Loser 3
  8. Senseless 3.5
  9. My Heart … So Blue 2.5
  10. Oh L’amour 5
  11. Pistol 3.5

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Erasure - Cowboy

11. Cowboy

Release: 1997
Overall Rating: 3.54 ★★★★☆
Great tracks: In My Arms, Don’t Say Your Love Is Killing Me
Weak tracks: (None)

The album ‘Cowboy’ is, I think, pretty much the most average album by ‘Erasure’. Neither fish nor fowl, almost all songs are neither good nor bad. In contrast to the previous album ‘Erasure’, which almost made you fall asleep with its super long song lengths, here the tracks are produced in pleasant lengths suitable for radio. I have the feeling of an A/B test that Erasure has carried out here on a large scale. We will probably never know the details. By the way, I think the album artwork is terrible!

  1. Rain 3.5
  2. Worlds On Fire 3.5
  3. Reach Out 3.5
  4. In My Arms 4
  5. Don’t Say Your Love Is Killing Me 4
  6. Precious 3.5
  7. Treasure 3.5
  8. Boy 3.5
  9. How Can I Say 3.5
  10. Save Me Darling 3
  11. Love Affair 3.5

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Erasure - Light At The End Of The World

10. Light At The End Of The World

Release: 2007
Overall Rating: 3.68 ★★★★☆
Great tracks: I Could Fall In Love With You, Sunday Girl, How My Eyes Adore You
Weak tracks: (None)

The album ‘Light At The End Of The World’ has no major misfires and stays well in the midfield in terms of song quality and variety. If ‘Cowboy’ has the worst album artwork of any Erasure album, then the title for the cheesiest, the album ‘Light At The End Of The World’ is safe.

  1. Sunday Girl 4
  2. I Could Fall In Love With You 4.5
  3. Sucker For Love 3.5
  4. Storm In A Teacup 3
  5. Fly Away 3.5
  6. Golden Heart 4
  7. How My Eyes Adore You 4
  8. Darlene 3.5
  9. Glass Angel 3.5
  10. Be My Baby 3.5
  11. I Don’t Know Why 3.5

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Erasure - Nightbird

9. Nightbird

Release: 2004
Overall Rating: 3.73 ★★★★☆
Great tracks: Here I Go Impossible Again, I’ll Be There, All This Time Still Falling Out Of Love
Weak tracks: (None)

‘Nightbird’ is a solid Synth Pop release in the discography of ‘Erasure’. Is it an album I listen to often? No, certainly not, but there are a few highlights that I really like.

  1. No Doubt 3.5
  2. Here I Go Impossible Again 4
  3. Let’s Take One More Rocket To The Moon 3.5
  4. Breathe 3.5
  5. I’ll Be There 4
  6. Because Our Love Is Real 3.5
  7. Don’t Say You Love Me 3.5
  8. All This Time Still Falling Out Of Love 4
  9. I Broke It All In Two 4
  10. Sweet Surrender 4
  11. I Bet You’re Mad At Me 3.5

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Erasure - Chorus / 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

8. Chorus

Release: 1991
Overall Rating: 3.85 ★★★★☆
Great tracks: Chorus, Love To Hate You
Weak tracks: (None)

‘Chorus’ is a must-have in every well-stocked Synth Pop collection, simply because of the uber-hit ‘Love To Hate You‘. But also otherwise the album is solidly produced and contains a lot of fantastic songs besides the already mentioned hit.

  1. Chorus 4.5
  2. Waiting For The Day 4
  3. Joan 3.5
  4. Breath Of Life 4
  5. Am I Right? 3.5
  6. Love To Hate You 5
  7. Turns The Love To Anger 3.5
  8. Siren Song 3
  9. Perfect Stranger 3.5
  10. Home 4

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Erasure - The Circus

7. The Circus

Release: 1987
Overall Rating: 3.9 ★★★★☆
Great tracks: It Doesn’t Have To Be, Victim Of Love, Sometimes, The Circus
Weak tracks: (None)

With the second album ‘Erasure’ have really taken off. The album ‘The Circus’ received a proud 3.9 stars in the track by track rating. The hit ‘Sometimes‘ alone has made Erasure a constant in the scene.

  1. It Doesn’t Have To Be 4.5
  2. Hideaway 3.5
  3. Don’t Dance 3.5
  4. If I Could 3
  5. Sexuality 3
  6. Victim Of Love 5
  7. Leave Me To Bleed 3.5
  8. Sometimes 5
  9. The Circus 5
  10. Spiralling 3

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Erasure - The Innocents

6. The Innocents

Release: 1988
Overall Rating: 4.05 ★★★★☆
Great tracks: A Little Respect, Ship Of Fools, Chains Of Love
Weak tracks: Sixty-five Thousand

I guess the album ‘The Innocents’ by ‘Erasure’ is to die-hard fans what ‘Black Celebration’ is to ‘Depeche Mode’ fans. There’s not much to shake about it.

  1. A Little Respect 5
  2. Ship Of Fools 5
  3. Phantom Bride 4
  4. Chains Of Love 5
  5. Hallowed Ground 4
  6. Sixty-five Thousand 2
  7. Heart Of Stone 4
  8. Yahoo! 4
  9. Imagination 4
  10. Witch In The Ditch 4
  11. Weight Of The World 3.5

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Erasure - World Be Gone

5. World Be Gone

Release: 2017
Overall Rating: 4.1 ★★★★☆
Great tracks: Love You To The Sky, Be Careful What You Wish For!
Weak tracks: (None)

What I love most about the album ‘World Be Gone‘ is that Erasure prove that they can also make really gloomy music. Apart from exceptions like ‘Love You To The Sky‘, the album clearly shows the depressive mood of Vince Clarke and Andy Bell. The album is definitely a snapshot of the prevailing zeitgeist at the time.

  1. Love You To The Sky 5
  2. Be Careful What You Wish For! 5
  3. World Be Gone 4
  4. A Bitter Parting 4
  5. Still It’s Not Over 4
  6. Take Me Out Of Myself 3
  7. Sweet Summer Loving 4
  8. Oh What A World 4
  9. Lousy Sum Of Nothing 4
  10. Just A Little Love 4

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Erasure - Tomorrow's World

4. Tomorrow’s World

Release: 2011
Overall Rating: 4.2 ★★★★☆
Great tracks: Be With You, Fill Us With Fire, When I Start To (Break It All Down), I Lose Myself
Weak tracks: (None)

Tomorrow’s World‘ was the first Erasure album I reviewed for Electrozombies and I have to say, “Wow, what a record!“. The standard version features only nine songs, but all of them are excellently produced to the point. Fresh new sounds and finally danceable hits again.

  1. Be With You 5
  2. Fill Us With Fire 5
  3. What Will I Say When You’re Gone? 3.5
  4. You’ve Got To Save Me Right Now 3.5
  5. A Whole Lotta Love Run Riot 4
  6. When I Start To (Break It All Down) 5
  7. I Lose Myself 4
  8. Then I Go Twisting 4
  9. Just When I Thought It Was Ending 4

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Erasure - The Neon

3. The Neon

Release: 2020
Overall Rating: 4.3 ★★★★☆
Great tracks: Hey Now (Think I Got A Feeling), Nerves Of Steel, Fallen Angel, Shot A Satellite, Diamond Lies
Weak tracks: (None)

The album ‘The Neon‘ completely convinced me the first time I listened to it. Crisp beats, catchy lyrics and no song lasts longer than it has to. Long intros or outros and gap fillers don’t even occur here. After more than 30 years of band history and the last great albums, you get the feeling that the duo have really grooved in.

  1. Hey Now (Think I Got A Feeling) 5
  2. Nerves Of Steel 5
  3. Fallen Angel 4.5
  4. No Point In Tripping 4
  5. Shot A Satellite 5
  6. Tower Of Love 3.5
  7. Diamond Lies 4.5
  8. New Horizons 3.5
  9. Careful What I Try To Do 4
  10. Kid You’re Not Alone 4

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Erasure - The Violet Flame

2. The Violet Flame

Release: 2014
Overall Rating: 4.4 ★★★★☆
Great tracks: Elevation, Reason, Sacred, Paradise
Weak tracks: (None)

The Violet Flame‘ is a first class Synth Pop opus that seeks its equal. For me, the album has something of a comeback album. Erasure plays to all the strengths on this album that I have missed since the album ‘I Say I Say I Say’. I’m also super happy that I got the limited edition of The Violet Flame early. It’s now one of my favourite collector’s items.

  1. Dead Of Night 4
  2. Elevation 5
  3. Reason 5
  4. Promises 4
  5. Be The One 4
  6. Sacred 5
  7. Under The Wave 4
  8. Smoke And Mirrors 4
  9. Paradise 5
  10. Stayed A Little Late Tonight 4

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Erasure - I Say I Say I Say (1994)

1. I Say I Say I Say

Release: 1994
Overall Rating: 4.5 ★★★★★
Great tracks: Take Me Back, I Love Saterday, Run To The Sun, Always
Weak tracks: (None)

The album ‘I Say I Say I Say’ may not be the best-selling Erasure album, but it is the one with the highest chart positions worldwide. And certainly not without reason, because pretty much every single song has radio hit qualities and is outstanding in terms of originality and catchiness. It’s no wonder that I included the album in my list of ‘20 Synth Pop milestones and collection must-haves‘. If Electrozombies had already existed in 1994, the album ‘I Say I Say I Say’ would have been ‘Album of the Year’ with a glorious 4.5 stars. Absolutely recommendable!

  1. Take Me Back 5
  2. I Love Saterday 5
  3. Man In The Moon 4
  4. So The Story Goes 4
  5. Run To The Sun 5
  6. Always 5
  7. All Through The Years 4.5
  8. Blues Away 4
  9. Miracle 4
  10. Because You’re So Sweet 4.5

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All Erasure albums in a chart overview

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  1. I think Violet Flame is one if the worst. I agree that Chorus is toward the top, all their older stuff was great. Wonderland, although a bit of a flop initially, in my view is one of the their best. Most of their recent stuff isn’t great, boring old Formula Pop, with the exception of The Neon, which is quite good, as in my view it’s a bit of a nod to their early style. The Two Ringed Circus is superb.

  2. “A shattered heart in love’s debris” must be the most beautiful of lyrics written.

    *Fingers and thumbs (Cold Summer’s Day)

    1. I agree. A lot if their lyrics were very deep. “Love is colder than death, they say” 😂

  3. 1. Wild
    2. Cowboy
    3. I Say I Say I Say
    4. The Innocents
    5. Erasure
    6. Chorus
    7. Nightbird
    8. World Be Gone
    9. Wonderland
    10. The Circus
    11. Loveboat
    12. The Neon
    13. Snow Globe
    14. Tomorrow’s World
    15. Light At The End Of The World
    16. The Violet Flame

  4. I’m not going to run the entire list, but for me, like the other responders, it’s almost certainly Chorus at the top – this was beyond outstanding at the time. The single ‘Chorus’ rocked everything and then Love To Hate You topped that.

    My top 5:

    1. Chorus
    2. The Circus
    3. The Innocents
    4. Wild!
    5. Nightbird

    World Be Gone is terrible! I’d not put it 15th, but certainly in the bottom 5.

  5. 1. Chorus
    2. Wild!
    3. I Say I Say I Say
    4. Erasure
    5. Cowboy
    6. The Innocents
    7. The Circus
    8. Loveboat
    9. Wonderland

    The rest of albums – I tried to listen by it’s not my cup of tea anymore

    1. Good point and I can tell you it was a difficult decision. ‘Other Peoples Songs’ is a cover album and ‘Union Street’ is a concept album with previously released songs interpreted in country style. So these two albums are out of the rating of regular Erasure studio albums. ‘Snow Globe’ contains at least 4 of Erasure’s own songs, so it was with a heavy heart that I decided to include it in this ranking.

  6. 1. Chorus
    2. Wild!
    3. I Say I Say I Say
    4. Erasure
    5. Nightbird
    6. The Innocents
    7. The Circus
    8. Cowboy
    9. The Violet Flame
    10. Wonderland
    11. Light at the end of the world
    12. The Neon
    13. Loveboat
    14. Tomorrow’s World
    15. Snow Globe
    16. World Be Gone

  7. What an excellent feature,the bottom few I can agree with but having recently listened to all albums in order in there original versions I have re arranged my top album to being the newer out put,most noticeably The Violet Flame,Tomorrow’s World,The Neon.

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