Reviewed by Christopher Gray, Fri., Dec. 24, 2004
ErasureErasure Live! The Tank, the Swan, and the Balloon (Mute)
This fanciful concert, shot at Manchester's Apollo in 1992, weds Erasure's lush, disco-based synth-pop to elaborate staging akin to PBS' Great Performances and Andrew Lloyd Webber; especially amusing is programming genius Vince Clarke in a kiosklike structure that's a technophile's wet dream. Strapping vocalist Andy Bell owns the stage, whether on the four-song ABBA tribute Clarke trying to keep up with the choreography is unintentionally hilarious or the duo's standards "Oh L'Amour," "Chorus," and "Blue Savannah." A doc on bringing The Tank, the Swan, and the Balloon to life carries disc two.