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Andy Bell (Erasure): Torsten the Beautiful Libertine [Slipcase]

Track List

>Statement of Intent
>Beautiful Libertine
>Loitering with Intent
>This Town Needs Jesus
>Slums We Loved, The - (with Andy Bell)
>Lady Domina Bizarre
>(Ooh Baby, You're So) Queercore! - (with Andy Bell)
>Blow Jobs for Cocaine
>I'm Your Lover
>Rupert Drinks Vodka - (with Andy Bell)
>We Were Singing Along to Liza - (with Andy Bell)
>Photos of Daniel - (with Andy Bell)
>I Am the Boy Who Smiled at You
>Bond Street Catalogues - (with Andy Bell)
>My Precious One
>To Have and to Hold - (with Andy Bell)
>Statement of Intent (Reprise) - (with Andy Bell)

Album Notes

Personnel: Andy Bell (background vocals); Barney Ashton Bullock (background vocals).

Audio Mixer: Michael Allison.

Photographer: Barney Ashton Bullock.

A sequel to 2014's Torsten the Bareback Saint, this 2016 release continues the collaboration between Erasure vocalist Andy Bell and theatrical writers Barney Ashton-Bullock and Christopher Frost and revives their Torsten character, who is described completely in the opening "Statement of Intent." "Used to be someone doesn't mean that I'm a has-been" it goes, but this thoroughly modern Millie also proudly crows "I'm gonna do it all before I go to seed." Later titles "Blow Jobs for Cocaine" and "The Slums We Loved" prove that Torsten's "do it all" is different than the everyday "do it all," but debauchery rarely comes framed in such artful flair, as Torsten joins Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Hedwig, and Quentin Crisp on the Mt. Rushmore of the queer and aggressively inquisitive. The music is cabaret, the tunes are witty, infectious, and touching when need be, and Andy Bell is like a Joel Grey for the 21st century, captivating when it he plays it low and dazzling when he high-kicks during the more up numbers. ~ David Jeffries


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