Live Review: Erasure

8 Nov

Brighton Dome: Friday, November 4 2011

 If the Government really is committed to improving the general well-being of the nation, they should make Erasure tickets available on the NHS.

Seriously, when it’s pitch black by 5pm and every other TV ad is promoting the impending horror of Christmas, a night with Erasure banishes the winter blues better than a day in bed with a bottle of whiskey and an industrial-sized tub of Haagen Dazs strawberry cheesecake ice cream.

Front man Andy Bell, initially resplendent in a garish, glittery red jacket, was the life and soul. Vocally he was booming, but the real joy was found in his gloriously camp antics.

Never one to take himself too seriously, at times he pirouetted like a plastered ballerina, at others he shimmied across the stage like a poodle on ice. He was the ultimate showman.

 For an hour-and-a-half he and sidekick Vince Clarke enthralled with all the hits – and it’s easy to forget how many pop belters they’ve produced – alongside a sprinkling of tracks from new album ‘Tomorrow’s World’.

The lolloping ‘Always’ eased us in to the classics before a brash ‘Blue Savannah’ set the standard for the rest of the show with the sold-out crowd joining in with the soaring ‘ahhhs’ on the chorus.

Later, a breathless ‘I Love To Hate You’ built to a rasping finale, ‘Sometimes’ and ‘Oh L’Amour’ featured mass sing-alongs, before a swaying sea of arms during the stomping ‘Stop’ provided a suitably euphoric ending.

Sometimes music need do nothing more than put an almighty grin on your face. Erasure, in their perfect pomp, are the undisputed masters of it.

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3 Responses to “Live Review: Erasure”

  1. sue james November 9, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    i went to see erasure at preston and they were fantastic. i wanted to wait at the stage door but didnt like to. andy you are the best and vince you are great. luv you guys.
    luv sue from chorley.

  2. jude clapton November 9, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    Was well worth the journey from Norwich to see them yet again. Thankyou Brighton for being so welcoming from the four norfolk broader x

  3. cath November 9, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    I was there too, this blog is a really good summary of a fabulous night.

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