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Synth pop turns Yuletide

Erasure - Snow Globe
3 1/2 stars (out of 5 stars)
Reviewed: November 14, 2013

Review by Andy Argyrakis

The dance floor may be where Erasure is most at home, but the duo's acclaimed career also includes an ABBA-themed EP, a full-length covers collection and even an acoustic/country-inspired treatment of past hits. On their first album since 2011's "Tomorrow's World," Andy Bell and Vince Clarke tackle another career first with their first ever holiday project, blending traditional tunes, some left of center covers and a few originals all shaded around the darker side of the season.

Considering the stripped down nature of this collection, don't expect any massive four on the floor dance beats or disco-drenched decadence, though "Snow Globe" is still undeniably Erasure. Bell hits the highest of vocal highs on synth-laden ballads like "Bells Of Love" and "Silent Night," while Clarke's electro wizardry feels the freshest throughout "Make It Wonderful" and "Brooklyn." The group cites recent Yuletide albums by Kate Bush and Everything But The Girl's Tracey Thorn as inspirations and the project is certainly replete with parallels, even if its bulk is more subdued than the club crowd typically appreciates.

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