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  • Summary: Frankmusik produced the first studio album for the synth-pop duo in over four years.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 83
    The duo inject tracks like "Then I Go Twisting" with more humanity than the Pro Tools post-modernists who regularly steal their essence. [7 Oct 2011, p.75]
  2. Oct 14, 2011
    There's a cohesiveness issue that keeps this one off their top shelf, but Erasure have settled nicely into that groove that the best veteran bands often do.
  3. Oct 31, 2011
    Tomorrow's World appeals to fans of Erasure's later albums just as much as it appeases those who swooned along to A Little Respect in 1988.
  4. Oct 11, 2011
    The nine-song set shows that keyboardist-mastermind Vince Clarke's genius for weaving grand melodies with ecstatic beats is still intact, but tinny vocal compression muddles throbbers like "Whole Lotta Love Run Riot."
  5. Oct 13, 2011
    Its peaks aren't as high as [2005's Nightbird, or 1997's Cowboy's] standouts--there's no "Don't Say You Love Me" or "Rain" here--but most of these nine songs have big choruses that sneak into your head, sometimes against your better judgment.
  6. 60
    There's a glistening sheen here, and the mixture of fast and slow ("When I Start to Breathe" is ballad-like with an eminently hummable chorus) keeps things refreshing.
  7. 40
    Even with Frankmusik included among the production credits, these one-time synth-pop pioneers sound lifeless compared with all the 80s-raiding whippersnappers so indebted to them.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Sep 4, 2012
    This is Erasure's best album in a while! I've always been a big fan, and some of my other favorite Erasure albums include some of the earlier stuff (Wonderland, The Innocents, Wild!) and the 90s analog synth stuff (Crackers International, Chorus, Abba-Esque, I Say I Say I Say, Erasure.) Tomorrow's World sounds current, but still sounds like Erasure. Expand
  2. Oct 14, 2011
    I put this album in the green by a hair based on 3 really solid tracks and my love for the duo's music since I first heard Victim of Love in the 80s. Where Erasure always maintained an lushly independent sound in the earlier years, Tomorrow's World tries desperately to cram drastically different styles into a single work and it feels degraded to broad gay club riffs than a their signature sound. Hearing an autotuned version of Andy Bell's gracefully maturing vocals made my heart sink. Expand
  3. Oct 12, 2011
    Tinny vocal compression (Rolling Stone review)? It's worse than that: Autotune. On Andy's voice. Too much of this effort sounds like the strict dance album Andy put out as his last solo work, only worse. The synth settings are mostly awful Eurodisco-sounding. The mid-tempo thinkers are more properly Erasure, but there aren't enough of them to rescue this from a 5. This will be one of those Erasure albums (you know the ones) where nearly every remix will be superior to the original track. Expand