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Erasure

Storm Chaser

(Mute; US: 2 Oct 2007; UK: 24 Sep 2007)

Back in the old days, they used to call this a Maxi Single. Here you have a radio mix of Erasure’s latest single, “Storm in a Teacup”, along with a smattering of remixes, b-sides, and remixed b-sides. There are even a couple “Extended Mixes”. When was the last time you saw that term? Vince Clarke is back to making spunky, catchy, cheesy, slightly house-inspired synth pop, while Andy Bell still belts a good chorus. Bell’s voice has become more operatic, which isn’t necessarily for the better, but otherwise any of this material could have been released any time in the last 15 years. If you’re a fan of Erasure albums like Chorus, that’s good. “Storm in a Teacup”, is actually one of Erasure’s better ones of the last decade. It’s danceable, slightly dramatic, and a bit of a guilty pleasure. It’s even topical, addressing Bell’s alcoholic mother. The one brand new track, “Early Bird”, features a nearly unrecognizable Cyndi Lauper, and might just be the most soulful electro-diva pairing since Heaven 17’s “Temptation”.  The rest is nothing surprising, but not exactly disappointing, either. Long live the Maxi Single!

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John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.


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