Other People's Songs

Hardcore Erasure fans will likely gobble up this collection of cover songs, as it is the pair's first new effort in three years (the lackluster Loveboat was its last). Although Erasure's Andy Bell and

Hardcore Erasure fans will likely gobble up this collection of cover songs, as it is the pair's first new effort in three years (the lackluster Loveboat was its last). Although Erasure's Andy Bell and Vince Clarke do add fresh electronic zip to such 1980s-era classics as Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill" and the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" (featuring the vocals of Mick Martin), overall, the album plays too stiffly for these experts of synth-hewn dance/pop. Nothing reaches the exuberance of

the group's remake of ABBA's "Take a Chance on Me." But to be fair, it's a tough challenge for any act to find a new twist for "Can't Help Falling in Love" and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," songs that have been covered plenty of times before.—SA