I must admit I was surprised to find out that The Violet Flame was the 16th studio album from UK electropop duo Erasure in a recording career approaching 30 years. I associate the band with its heyday of the mid-’80s to early ’90s, when the hits came thick and fast and singer Andy Bell’s “proud to be gay” stance readily fueled headlines. In truth, I hadn’t heard that much from Erasure over the past decade or so. However big bands become, they can quickly take the down elevator for all kinds of reasons, from simply taking a hiatus to putting out a sub-par album or two. Most will stay in the spotlight for true fans, but for the wider listening public, it doesn’t take much to slip off the radar.