Rating: 2 out of 10
Erasure has released 14 albums in the past decade, none of which contain tracks anywhere near the quality or popularity of their last hit “Always,” coming in 1994. Their most recent release is an extremely disappointing Christmas album by the name of Snow Globe.
With cover of Christmas classic “White Christmas,” Erasure attempted to put an electronic spin on the song, creating a stark and confusing contrast between the lead singers melodic voice and the choppy synthesizing, a combination that is anything but pleasant to the ears. The album takes a darker turn with “Blood on the Snow,” a song whose introduction could be mistaken for a video game soundtrack with it’s bouncing staccato notes and lack of instrumental dynamics. “Silent Night” another cover on the album, is a song that complements lead singer Andy Bell’s, sweet melodic tenor. The backing tracks harden the song, especially with an intro similar to the sound of someone dialing a phone number, creating a slightly chaotic intro that eventually leads into a not-completely–horrible version of the tune.
There is a beacon of hope however, in the song “Make it Wonderful.” With a heavily electronic introduction, the song captures an inkling of popular EDM music, but falls out instrumentally where a catchy verse and pre chorus pick it up. The lyrics have seemingly nothing to do with the Christmas theme of the album but a chorus with almost no vocals and a simple hook of “you make it wonderful,” brings the listener back to more mainstream electronic music, a pleasant breathe of fresh air compared to the other songs on this album.
The jumpy structure of individual songs, compared to the smooth, melodic structure of others makes the album a confusing mess of attempted covers and risky attempts to retain the Erasure identity while appealing to a modern audience. More than anything, Snow Globe reassures listeners that Erasure is far from their glory days and won’t be making successful music anytime soon.