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The Innocents


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  • Erasure: Andy Bell (vocals); Vince Clarke (various instruments).
  • The Kickhorns: Roddy Lorimer, Tim Sanders, Simon Clark, Steve Sidwell (brass).
  • Additional personnel: Caron Wheeler, Naomi Osborne, Jane Ayre (background vocals).
  • Producers: Stephen Hague, Dave Jacob, Erasure.
  • Erasure's third album, 1988's THE INNOCENTS, features the US breakthrough hits "A Little Respect," and "Chains of Love," and is a welcome departure for the duo. With this release, Vince Clarke and Andy Bell move away from the strictly-synthesized Hi-NRG dance-pop of their earlier albums, adding horns and gospel-tinged backing vocals for a more soulful, organic sound, while maintaining the disco vitality of earlier albums like WONDERLAND or THE CIRCUS.
  • Bell's lyrics are more overt in their social commentary, as on "Phantom Bride" and "A Little Respect," and he pointedly leaves the original gender references intact in the CD-only cover of Tina Turner's classic "River Deep, Mountain High." However, the duo is still capable of camp silliness like "Sixty-Five Thousand" and "Yahoo!" giving the album a balanced sensibility. THE INNOCENTS ranks with 1989's WILD! and 1994's I SAY I SAY I SAY as one of Erasure's best albums.
Professional Reviews
CMJ (1/5/04, p.22) - Ranked #17 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1988"
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