Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

An Energetic New Erasure; Erasure's New Album Tomorrow's World Is out on Monday and They Play the O2 Academy in Newcastle Next Month. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Catches Up with Singer Andy Bell

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

An Energetic New Erasure; Erasure's New Album Tomorrow's World Is out on Monday and They Play the O2 Academy in Newcastle Next Month. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Catches Up with Singer Andy Bell

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THEY have been together a quarter of a century but to hear Erasure's new album you would think the duo were just in the throes of their musical collaboration.

Tomorrow's World is as fresh sounding as Andy Bell and Vince Clarke's early releases - rather surprising too when you consider how busy they have been of late.

Since their last CD together, Vince has been on tour with his former musical partner Alison Moyet, while Andy has released a solo album.

On top of that they did a series of outdoor forest gigs in the summer and Andy took part in this year's Popstar to Operastar.

He is the first to admit even he is surprised at how energetic and refreshing the latest album sounds.

"We've had so many albums and once you are considered out of fashion, especially in the UK, it takes forever for it to snap back into place," he tells me.

"But everything seems to be working now. A lot of it is to do with working with Frankmusic as producer.

"He had done a remix for us for The Innocents, a Phantom Bride remix that came out, and he was suggested by quite a few fans and I had this instinctive feeling about working with him. He is a real fan of Vince's and it worked out really nicely. He's made everything sound much bigger.

"He's put 30 tracks of each thing and just built it up rather than sounding minimal as we usually do.

"It took us a couple of years with the writing, we were doing it off and on. It was all rushed at the end - it is always the same way. But I'm very happy with it."

Happy isn't a word he would use of his departure from TV show Popstar to Operastar. Erasure were performing their forest gigs and recording their album while Andy was also rehearsing for the TV show and he admits he was burned out by the end of it.

The singer forgot his words during a sing-off rendition of Largo Al Factotum from The Barber of Seville, and was booted off by the judges. …

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