Wild!

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Following the commercial and critical success of The Innocents, Erasure sidestepped slightly on Wild!, with slightly mixed results. On the one hand, the by-now-established Erasure song formula resulted in a number of tunes sounding like revamps of earlier numbers, diminishing the overall impact. "How Many Times?" is a ballad by numbers, while, some amusing bitchiness from Bell aside, "2000 Miles" is nice but a timekiller. One or two other cuts fall into this category, making Wild! something of a choppy affair at best. On the other hand, Erasure tries stretching its most since the orchestrated rerecordings on The Two-Ring Circus, often with great success. "Drama!" has a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Following the commercial and critical success of The Innocents, Erasure sidestepped slightly on Wild!, with slightly mixed results. On the one hand, the by-now-established Erasure song formula resulted in a number of tunes sounding like revamps of earlier numbers, diminishing the overall impact. "How Many Times?" is a ballad by numbers, while, some amusing bitchiness from Bell aside, "2000 Miles" is nice but a timekiller. One or two other cuts fall into this category, making Wild! something of a choppy affair at best. On the other hand, Erasure tries stretching its most since the orchestrated rerecordings on The Two-Ring Circus, often with great success. "Drama!" has a slightly hysterical tone to it, but its strong dancefloor surge and weirdly droning backing Bell harmonies help make it another winner. The gangshout /vocals background are also a kick as well -- especially as they were provided in part, via an uncredited appearance, by the Jesus and Mary Chain! "You Surround Me" is another flat-out winner -- it's another slow ballad, but with big, echoing backing that adds a sense of extra theatricality. Other strong numbers include the relatively low key pulse of "Blue Savannah," which sounds like a light motorik/Kraftwerk number given the appropriate Erasure sparkle, and the charging "Brother and Sister," with a sharp synth hook and chorus. Beginning and ending with versions of "Piano Song," the latter letting Bell get in some of his best singing, Wild! is a mixed but still worthy affair.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/13/1989
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 075992602624
  • Catalog Number: 26026
  • Sales rank: 113,089

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Piano Song (1:09)
  2. 2 Blue Savannah (4:27)
  3. 3 Drama (4:04)
  4. 4 How Many Times? (3:17)
  5. 5 Star (3:53)
  6. 6 La Gloria (3:10)
  7. 7 You Surround Me (3:57)
  8. 8 Brother and Sister (3:24)
  9. 9 2,000 Miles (3:38)
  10. 10 Crown of Thorns (3:59)
  11. 11 Piano Song (3:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Erasure Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Erasure Producer
Gareth Jones Producer
Mark Saunders Producer
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