Other People's Songs

  • Record Label: Mute
  • Release Date: Jan 28, 2003

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. The album makes clear that these men really like music. They like singing it; they like playing it. And there’s enough fun being had here to convince you that you might like hearing it as well.
  2. It’s clear from the beginning that Bell can handle the vocal chores but what remains questionable is Clarke’s ability to rescue his beats from the predictable morass of synth pop’s stodgy past without, of course, overdoing it.
  3. Erasure do the Ronettes' "Walking in the Rain" almost as well as Cheryl Ladd, they do Buddy Holly's "Everyday" better than James Taylor, they prove that one man and one man only was meant to sing "Can't Help Falling in Love," and they tart up Peter Gabriel something fierce.
  4. Mixer
    Erasure transforms each number into something tailor-made for a staged musical. [Jan 2003, p.74]
  5. Blender
    Showcases the melodramatic but never overstated croon of a showman who, in another era, might've been a Las Vegas legend. [#14, p.135]
  6. Overall, the album plays too stiffly for these experts of synth-hewn dance/pop.
  7. More often than not, they connect with the material in unexpected ways.... Problems occur when they can't find a convincing way to graft their highly identifiable sound onto the song.
  8. Carrying none of the charm or innovation of the duo's earlier ABBA tribute, this set is salvaged only by a relatively straight reading of Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill."
  9. Urb
    The results have a better chance of ending up in mom's Volvo than your iPod. [Jan 2003, p.76]
  10. Alternative Press
    Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill" loosens up into a glittery anthem, while the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" should have stayed a karaoke favorite. [March 2003, p.94]
  11. Startling for all the wrong reasons.
  12. Uncut
    The results are risible but the joke is no longer funny. [Feb 2003, p.77]
  13. Q Magazine
    So ill-conceived and shoddily executed it could well finish them off altogether. [Feb 2003, p.102]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. RobW.
    Sep 25, 2007
    Poor, poor work, unoriginal and terribly dull.
  2. anwyun
    Jul 11, 2006
    Simply Great, the masters of synth-pop did it again!!
  3. MarkT
    Jan 5, 2004
    Brilliant interpretations by the duo responsible for keeping synth-pop alive.