ERA­SURE

Live at the Royal Al­bert Hall Mute

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - BRIAN BOYD TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

When for­mer Depeche Mode brain-box Vince Clark formed Yazoo with Alison Moyet, it seemed as if the pop world was set up for a long, smooth res­i­dency by the diminu­tive pop­ti­cian and the plus-size singer. When Moyet left the fold, her re­place­ment was Andy Bell, a gay guy with a great voice and no dress sense. In­cred­i­bly, Era­sure are still out and about; more than 20 years and more than 30 UK Top 20 hit sin­gles later, they fill the halls with ring­ing melodies, elec­tronic pop and a stage pres­ence that camps it up to the enth de­gree. It’s ob­vi­ous from this 2007 con­cert that mid­dle age hasn’t de­pleted the duo’s hi-en­ergy lev­els. The hits come thick and fast (Blue Savannah, Chains of Love, Ship of Fools, A Lit­tle Re­spect, Oh L’Amour) and the hu­mour re­mains bunched and ready to pounce. Ex­tras in­clude an in­sight­ful doc­u­men­tary. www.era­sure­info. com

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