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Erasure|Snow Globe (Deluxe Nutcracker Edition)

Snow Globe (Deluxe Nutcracker Edition)

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If the holidays are a time of miracles, it's only fitting that Snow Globe at one point combines Kraftwerk beats with a 16th century song, and all by way of Steeleye Span. The track where it happens, "Gaudete", is the same carol that the Span had a hit with in the '70s, but the miracle bit is that Erasure's thoroughly modern take on the cut could warm the heart of a deep space robot, echoing into the vacuum with sequencers, sacred vocals, church bells, and not the slightest hint of cheese. It's vocalist Andy Bell's triumphant and sincere performance of the carol that really sells it, and with years of seeing poignancy and camp as two sides of the same coin, he's set up for a win on Snow Globe, a holiday album that's nostalgic for the animated Christmas television specials of the past with its artwork, but bold enough to drop "I don't believe in your religion/I only know what I can see" during its opening number "Bells of Love (Isabelle's of Love)". There are many original holiday songs here, vividly depicting the time of year when many reflect and roll wistfully through the nostalgic thoughts in their head, all in an effort to gather some spiritual warmth after being driven inside by cold days and long nights. Vince Clarke's brand of electro-pop is the ghosts of Christmases future, past, and present all at once, with the crispness of the MP3 age meeting bleeps and bloops that could have been on Erasure album number one (1986). Old favorites get the Erasure spin as "Silent Night" is delivered dramatically as if it was Dylan Thomas' "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night", while "White Christmas" is an almost audio verite piece, covering Bell's scratchy record performance with a Pachinko bar worth of downtown Tokyo sounds.That's much more effort than veteran acts usually pour into a holiday album, but with odd, quirky, and cheeky ideas popping in and out, Snow Globe is still for those predisposed to the duo. Think of it as a personal and meaningful gift for fans, not just some "didn't think much about it" trinket or faceless gift certificate.
© David Jeffries /TiVo

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1
Bells of Love (Isabelle's of Love)
00:03:59

Andy Bell, Composer, Producer - Vince Clarke, Composer, Producer - Pete Hofmann, MixingEngineer - Richard x, MixingEngineer - Erasure, MainArtist - GARETH JONES, Producer

2014 Mute Artists Limited 2014 Mute Artists Limited

2
Gaudete
00:02:43

Andy Bell, Composer, Producer - Vince Clarke, Composer, Producer - Pete Hofmann, MixingEngineer - Richard x, MixingEngineer - Erasure, MainArtist - GARETH JONES, Producer

2014 Mute Artists Limited 2014 Mute Artists Limited

3
Make It Wonderful
00:03:34

Andy Bell, Composer, Producer - Vince Clarke, Composer, Producer - Pete Hofmann, MixingEngineer - Richard x, MixingEngineer - Erasure, MainArtist - GARETH JONES, Producer

2014 Mute Artists Limited 2014 Mute Artists Limited

4
Sleep Quietly
00:02:52

Andy Bell, Producer - Vince Clarke, Producer - Pete Hofmann, MixingEngineer - Richard x, MixingEngineer - Erasure, MainArtist - GARETH JONES, Producer - Ruth Heller, Composer

2014 Mute Artists Limited 2014 Mute Artists Limited

5
Silent Night
00:03:53

Andy Bell, Composer, Producer - Vince Clarke, Composer, Producer - Pete Hofmann, MixingEngineer - Richard x, MixingEngineer - Erasure, MainArtist - GARETH JONES, Producer

2014 Mute Artists Limited 2014 Mute Artists Limited

6
Loving Man
00:03:23

Andy Bell, Composer, Producer - Vince Clarke, Composer, Producer - Pete Hofmann, MixingEngineer - Richard x, MixingEngineer - Erasure, MainArtist - GARETH JONES, Producer

2014 Mute Artists Limited 2014 Mute Artists Limited

7
The Christmas Song
00:02:26

Andy Bell, Producer - Vince Clarke, Producer - Mel TORME, Composer - Robert Wells, Composer - Pete Hofmann, MixingEngineer - Richard x, MixingEngineer - Erasure, MainArtist - GARETH JONES, Producer

2014 Mute Artists Limited 2014 Mute Artists Limited

8
Bleak Midwinter
00:04:27

Andy Bell, Composer, Producer - Vince Clarke, Composer, Producer - Pete Hofmann, MixingEngineer - Richard x, MixingEngineer - Erasure, MainArtist - GARETH JONES, Producer

2014 Mute Artists Limited 2014 Mute Artists Limited

9
Blood on the Snow
00:03:43

Andy Bell, Composer, Producer - Vince Clarke, Composer, Producer - Pete Hofmann, MixingEngineer - Richard x, MixingEngineer - Erasure, MainArtist - GARETH JONES, Producer

2014 Mute Artists Limited 2014 Mute Artists Limited

10
There'll Be No Tomorrow
00:03:39

Andy Bell, Composer, Producer - Vince Clarke, Composer, Producer - Pete Hofmann, MixingEngineer - Richard x, MixingEngineer - Erasure, MainArtist - GARETH JONES, Producer

2014 Mute Artists Limited 2014 Mute Artists Limited

11
Midnight Clear
00:03:32

Andy Bell, Composer, Producer - Vince Clarke, Composer, Producer - Pete Hofmann, MixingEngineer - Richard x, MixingEngineer - Erasure, MainArtist - GARETH JONES, Producer

2014 Mute Artists Limited 2014 Mute Artists Limited

12
White Christmas
00:03:29

Andy Bell, Producer - Vince Clarke, Producer - Irving Berlin, Composer - Pete Hofmann, MixingEngineer - Richard x, MixingEngineer - Erasure, MainArtist - GARETH JONES, Producer

2014 Mute Artists Limited 2014 Mute Artists Limited

13
Silver Bells
00:03:05

Andy Bell, Producer - Vince Clarke, Producer - Jay Livingston, Composer - Pete Hofmann, MixingEngineer - Richard x, MixingEngineer - Erasure, MainArtist - Ray Evans, Composer - GARETH JONES, Producer

2014 Mute Artists Limited 2014 Mute Artists Limited

DISC 2

1
Gaudete (Acappella)
00:02:19

Andy Bell, Composer, Producer - Vince Clarke, Composer, Producer - Pete Hofmann, Producer, MixingEngineer - Richard x, Producer, MixingEngineer - Erasure, MainArtist - GARETH JONES, Producer

2014 Mute Artists Limited 2014 Mute Artists Limited

2
Stop the Cavalry (Acoustic)
00:02:54

Andy Bell, Producer - Vince Clarke, Producer - Pete Hofmann, MixingEngineer - Richard x, MixingEngineer - Erasure, MainArtist - GARETH JONES, Producer - Jona Lewie, Composer

2014 Mute Artists Limited 2014 Mute Artists Limited

3
Silent Night (Instrumental)
00:03:51

Andy Bell, Composer, Producer - Vince Clarke, Composer, Producer - Erasure, MainArtist - GARETH JONES, Producer, MixingEngineer

2014 Mute Artists Limited 2014 Mute Artists Limited

4
She Won't Be Home (Redux)
00:03:06

Andy Bell, Composer, Producer - Vince Clarke, Composer, Producer - Pete Hofmann, MixingEngineer - Richard x, MixingEngineer - Erasure, MainArtist - GARETH JONES, Producer

2014 Mute Artists Limited 2014 Mute Artists Limited

5
Make It Wonderful (Acoustic)
00:03:50

Andy Bell, Composer, Producer - Vince Clarke, Composer, Producer - Erasure, MainArtist - GARETH JONES, Producer, MixingEngineer

2014 Mute Artists Limited 2014 Mute Artists Limited

6
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Redux)
00:03:17

Andy Bell, Composer, Producer - Vince Clarke, Composer, Producer - Erasure, MainArtist - GARETH JONES, Producer, MixingEngineer

2014 Mute Artists Limited 2014 Mute Artists Limited

7
White Christmas (Instrumental)
00:03:31

Andy Bell, Producer - Vince Clarke, Producer - Irving Berlin, Composer - Erasure, MainArtist - GARETH JONES, Producer, MixingEngineer

2014 Mute Artists Limited 2014 Mute Artists Limited

8
Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus
00:03:49

Andy Bell, Composer - Vince Clarke, Composer - Pete Hofmann, MixingEngineer - Richard x, MixingEngineer - Erasure, MainArtist

2014 Mute Artists Limited 2014 Mute Artists Limited

9
Gaudete (Dave Audé Extended Club Mix)
00:06:38

Andy Bell, Composer, Producer - Vince Clarke, Composer, Producer - Dave Audé, MixingEngineer - Erasure, MainArtist - GARETH JONES, Producer

2014 Mute Artists Limited 2014 Mute Artists Limited

10
Make It Wonderful (Noel Sanger Vs Koishii & Hush Remix)
00:07:38

Andy Bell, Composer - Vince Clarke, Composer - Erasure, MainArtist - Noel Sanger, Remixer - Koishii & Hush, Producer, Remixer - Noel W. Sanger, Producer

2014 Mute Artists Limited 2014 Mute Artists Limited

11
Loving Man (Knocking Ghost Remix)
00:03:26

Andy Bell, Composer, Producer - Vince Clarke, Composer, Producer - Erasure, MainArtist - GARETH JONES, Producer - Knocking Ghost, MixingEngineer

2014 Mute Artists Limited 2014 Mute Artists Limited

12
Gaudete (Ikon Remix)
00:06:45

Andy Bell, Composer - Vince Clarke, Composer - Erasure, MainArtist - Ikon, Producer

2014 Mute Artists Limited 2014 Mute Artists Limited

13
Sleep Quietly (Maps Remix)
00:07:12

Andy Bell, Composer, Producer - Vince Clarke, Composer, Producer - Erasure, MainArtist - GARETH JONES, Producer - Maps, MixingEngineer

2014 Mute Artists Limited 2014 Mute Artists Limited

14
Make It Wonderful (Bright Light Bright Light Remix)
00:03:53

Andy Bell, Composer, Producer - Vince Clarke, Composer, Producer - Erasure, MainArtist - GARETH JONES, Producer - Bright Light Bright Light, Remixer, MixingEngineer

2014 Mute Artists Limited 2014 Mute Artists Limited

15
Gaudete (The Storks Remix)
00:04:45

Irving Berlin, Composer - Erasure, MainArtist - The Storks, Producer

2014 Mute Artists Limited 2014 Mute Artists Limited

16
Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus (Jeff Baringer Vs. Skerik Remix Edit)
00:04:16

Andy Bell, Composer, Producer - Skerik, MixingEngineer - Vince Clarke, Composer, Producer - Erasure, MainArtist - GARETH JONES, Producer - Jeff Barringer, MixingEngineer

2014 Mute Artists Limited 2014 Mute Artists Limited

Album Description

If the holidays are a time of miracles, it's only fitting that Snow Globe at one point combines Kraftwerk beats with a 16th century song, and all by way of Steeleye Span. The track where it happens, "Gaudete", is the same carol that the Span had a hit with in the '70s, but the miracle bit is that Erasure's thoroughly modern take on the cut could warm the heart of a deep space robot, echoing into the vacuum with sequencers, sacred vocals, church bells, and not the slightest hint of cheese. It's vocalist Andy Bell's triumphant and sincere performance of the carol that really sells it, and with years of seeing poignancy and camp as two sides of the same coin, he's set up for a win on Snow Globe, a holiday album that's nostalgic for the animated Christmas television specials of the past with its artwork, but bold enough to drop "I don't believe in your religion/I only know what I can see" during its opening number "Bells of Love (Isabelle's of Love)". There are many original holiday songs here, vividly depicting the time of year when many reflect and roll wistfully through the nostalgic thoughts in their head, all in an effort to gather some spiritual warmth after being driven inside by cold days and long nights. Vince Clarke's brand of electro-pop is the ghosts of Christmases future, past, and present all at once, with the crispness of the MP3 age meeting bleeps and bloops that could have been on Erasure album number one (1986). Old favorites get the Erasure spin as "Silent Night" is delivered dramatically as if it was Dylan Thomas' "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night", while "White Christmas" is an almost audio verite piece, covering Bell's scratchy record performance with a Pachinko bar worth of downtown Tokyo sounds.That's much more effort than veteran acts usually pour into a holiday album, but with odd, quirky, and cheeky ideas popping in and out, Snow Globe is still for those predisposed to the duo. Think of it as a personal and meaningful gift for fans, not just some "didn't think much about it" trinket or faceless gift certificate.
© David Jeffries /TiVo

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