When I first saw the regular edition artwork for Erasure's new album The Violet Flame, which is due out in a few weeks, I thought they'd finally jumped the shark for good in terms of cover art. But it's amazing what a change in color scheme can do … the black and gold motif of the limited edition box transforms the combination of skeleton and vintage English wallpaper into something rather stunning. I'm looking forward to one of those arriving in the mail with its exclusive disc of the entire album remixed and other goodies.
I was really excited to hear that the duo worked with producer Richard X on this one. Although first single "Elevation" is a rather subtle number that doesn't stir a great deal of excitement, my feeling is this album has got to be better than its predecessor, Tomorrow's World, which was a slight and disappointing effort after such a long wait from the release of Light at the End of the World.
Erasure is doing a Pledge Music campaign for The Violet Flame, but it's been disappointing in terms of extras, with little more than a download of the album art being offered to pledgers.