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Rock and Pop: Erasure @ Roundhouse

Published: 27 October, 2011
by JONATHAN SIMPSON

ELECTRO-pop duo Erasure have been making music together for an impressive 26 years. 

Tuesday’s Roundhouse gig was to promote their 14th album Tomorrow’s World which follows the same tried and tested formula but feels refreshingly relevant due to being produced by synthpop newby Frankmusik.

You could easily be forgiven for thinking that an Erasure concert would be largely a nostalgic affair, but even I was surprised at how enthusiastic the audience were. 

They lapped up every hit – from Chains of Love, Stop, A Little Respect and Drama.

Having toured for so long, the band now clearly know what their fans want.

Even the most hardened cynic could not fail to love Erasure live. 

Eternal showman Andy Bell’s voice is as strong as ever and Vince Clarke remains at the back of the stage looking a little uncomfortable.

My only gripe would be their stage set which attempted to follow a futuristic theme but looked like a collection of Ikea cast-offs.

Pop music may be considered throw-away but I’ve yet to go to a gig where the audience left looking so happy – and for that reason alone Erasure should be seen live by all as soon as possible.

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