Tom Sinclair
April 25, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Cowboy (Music - Erasure)

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Maverick, Mute
genre
Pop

We gave it an C-

It’s hard to imagine anyone making less engaging dance music than this long-running synth-pop duo. On Cowboy, Erasure’s 10th studio album, samey-sounding songs (including an ill-advised cover of Blondie’s ”Rapture”) percolate without a trace of tension, grit, or passion. A few years ago, the Pet Shop Boys, Erasure’s peers, wrote a droll little ditty called ”Being Boring”; sadly, Erasure seems to have made that phrase its manifesto. C-

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