Jeremy Williams-Chalmers, Arts Correspondent

Erasure - The Neon

Erasure are a band who need exactly zero introduction. Not only have their early hits stood the test of time, they have continued to innovate and generate compelling releases. The Neon is their eighteenth, and has already spawned the epic lead single, Hey Now (Think I Got a Feeling). With 2017's World Be Gone having received rather epic reviews, the band have to once again raise the bar with their latest collection.

And they do so effortlessly. The Neon treads new ground, but simultaneously takes the strength of the constants in their back catalogues to ensure a sense of continuity that relates to their career throughline.

With vocalist Andy Bell having stated that the collection was about refreshing their love of great pop music, it is immediately evident from the first listen that The Neon has managed to do that. This is a far poppier set than its predecessor, and while it doesn't all have the immediacy of their earliest albums, this does not detract from any enjoyment.

While the recently released Nerves of Steel is one of the most striking moments, it is in the cheerful pop bombast of Diamond Lies that the album reaches its pop peak. However, it if the sparse beauty New Horizons, with its non-pop leaning that steals the heart.

Erasure rarely put a foot wrong and The Neon is a solid addition to an impressive collection.