Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Erasure - Cowboy (1997)

Basic three-minute bubblegum synthpop by the masters of the genre. It's not for everybody and certainly doesn't stand up to much active listening, but it's good enough for background music. It's a little more laid back than their earlier music, so it isn't as energenic, but the melodic hooks that Erasure fans have grown accustomed to are still there.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #43 (May 10, 1997)

Tracks: Rain and Don't Say Your Love Is Killing Me are good tunes, but the gem is the cover of Blondie's Rapture.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I was with a group of high school friends over Christmas 1997 and one of them had brought this CD to the get-together. When I mentioned that I had a copy, too, he said, "It's easy to listen to." That's a perfect analysis of this disc. Just set it and forget it.

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