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Andy Bell Releases His Fourth Solo Album | “Torsten the Bareback Saint”

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Erasure vocalist, Andy Bell, releases his fourth solo album, Torsten the Bareback Saint. Louder Than War’s Paul Scott-Bates reviews. – See more HERE

 

“This album, to be performed live at the Edinburgh Festival from 5-16 August, is possibly Bell’s finest vocal outing. Strong and well-tuned, his voice is nothing short of superb and the songs, written by Barney Ashton (lyrics) and Christopher Frost & Simon Bayliss (music), are perfect for him. Where Torsten excels and succeeds is in his ability for each track to be heard individually and to still sound relevant. Torsten is currently 108 years old, sort of. A polysexual teenager throughout most of his life he has a vibrant body with the mind of a withering soul. The tale of this Dorian Gray-esque character sees his many lovers, male and female, slowly abandon him and die.  It can be crude at times, but that is often a strength as Torsten recalls various scenarios from his past. Although tracks such asFreshly BuggeredVagina and Mobile Fucked are renamed or shortened for the track listing it takes nothing away from the power and feeling behind the tale. Fountain Of Youth sees Bell in fine fettle as he co-habits with a prostitute until she leaves on Torsten’s motorbike. As I Prepare To Take My Life is a heart-wrenching album closer and This Gay Thing Isn’t Workingsees Torsten battle with his sexuality. Torsten The Bareback Saint is as ground-breaking as it is entertaining and a remarkable piece of work.

Joe My God reports:

“Herald Scotsman published a quite revealing interview with Bell about living with HIV and his 30 years in Erasure, whose next album, The Violet Flame, will be released next month. Erasure’s US tour launches in Miami on September 12th and concludes at Terminal 5 in New York City on December 30th and 31st. 

Video below is a medley of songs from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2014) show ‘Torsten The Bareback Saint’ starring Andy Bell. The show runs from the 5th to the 16th of August, 2014. Tickets can be bought via www.assemblyfestival.com and the special edition CD is released on 28th July, 2014

Buy “Torsten the Bareback Saint” on iTunes HERE

 

 

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