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  • Summary: The 17th full-length studio release for the synthpop duo was said to be inspired by the current political climate in the UK and US.
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Still It's Not Over
We crossed our hearts and never hoped to lie For the ghosts along The Castro were just walking by We went back to scratch and had to start again Like... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Mojo
    May 16, 2017
    80
    This is a triumph of achingly beautiful pop protest music. [Jun 2017, p.94]
  2. May 19, 2017
    75
    Ffor the most part, World Be Gone is better suited for relaxing after a rousing march or successful phone-bank campaign than something that would rally the troops.
  3. 75
    It will of course satisfy long time fans, but those that have overlooked the band over the years would be wise to reunite with them for the battle ahead.
  4. Magnet
    May 16, 2017
    60
    The lyrics are overwrought, and the music is dark but lacking the edge that would make the songs compelling. ... Thankfully they bracket the album with "Love You To The Sky" and "Just A Little Love," up-tempo gems that prove they haven't lost their magic touch. [No. 142, p55]
  5. Q Magazine
    May 16, 2017
    60
    Vince Clarke's melodic electro-motifs and Andy Bell's dramatic voice may be in place, but laments for long romance and fake news alerts make for sombre listening. [Jul 2017, p.107]
  6. May 22, 2017
    60
    Full credit should be given for bringing an extra dimension to the Erasure legacy, but World Be Gone makes for far from easy listening.
  7. 60
    It’s an odd album, split between full-on dancefloor stompers like the euphoric summer romance anthem “Love You To The Sky” and less successful stabs at political commentary such as “Lousy Sum Of Nothing”, an overly simplistic bout of finger-wagging about how “the world has lost its loving” in respect of the refugee crisis.

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  1. May 25, 2017
    5
    As a lifelong far of Erasure, it's hard for me to parse just what is so unsatisfying on this particular release. Andy's voice, as always, isAs a lifelong far of Erasure, it's hard for me to parse just what is so unsatisfying on this particular release. Andy's voice, as always, is in fine form, but the songs just aren't there. Highlights like album-closer "Just a Little Love" and dreamy club opener "Love You To The Sky" confirm they still have great pop stories to tell, but so much of the album goes by without moving the needle, it's hard to care very much. Where other low-key Erasure albums like Erasure s/t, Union Street, and Nightbird dripped with beautiful melancholy, this one just feels steeped in boredom to me. Expand