How long has it been since these two were guaranteed a couple of weeks at number one just by releasing an EP of Abba covers? Thirteen years, in fact - sufficient time to conclude that Andy Bell and Vince Clarke's electro-theatrics really were as insubstantial as they seemed. Their first studio album (apart from a 2003 covers set) in four years is a reintroduction to their ephemeral way of dealing with love and loss. It has already spawned a top five hit, Breathe, whose typically big-money chorus feels instantly familiar, in the sense that all Erasure choruses seem to use variations of the same soaring note sequence.
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