Am I Right?

"Am I Right?" is a 1991 song by English synth-pop duo Erasure. It was released in Europe and Canada as the third single from their fifth studio album, Chorus. Written by Erasure members Vince Clarke and Andy Bell, it is a synthpop ballad. Lyrically, the song examines the feelings of a protagonist who is wandering through the city streets after a romantic separation, while his lover contemplates whether or not they are really in love and want to return to the relationship[citation needed].

"Am I Right?"
Erasure - Am I Right? (single).jpg
Single by Erasure
from the album Chorus
B-side"Carry On Clangers", "Let It Flow", "Waiting for Sex", "B3"
ReleasedNovember 25, 1991
January 11, 1992
Recorded1991
GenreSynthpop
Length4:18
LabelMute - MUTE 134
Songwriter(s)Vince Clarke, Andy Bell
Producer(s)Martyn Phillips
Erasure singles chronology
"Love to Hate You"
(1991)
"Am I Right?"
(1991)
"Breath of Life"
(1992)
Music video
"Am I Right?" on YouTube
Am I Right?
Erasure - Am I Right? (EP).jpg
EP by
Released25 November 1991 (1991-11-25)
Recorded1991
GenreSynthpop
Length24:55
LabelMute - LCDMUTE134
ProducerMartyn Phillips
Erasure chronology
Chorus
(1991)
Am I Right?
(1991)
Abba-esque
(1992)
Erasure singles chronology
Love to Hate You
(1991)
Am I Right?
(1991)
Breath of Life
(1992)

Critical receptionEdit

Ned Raggett from AllMusic described it as a song that "reflects on love and aging with a gentle tone and soft hip-hop beat".[1] The Daily Vault's Michael R. Smith said it is "another story entirely." He added, "As my all-time favorite Erasure ballad, it has a tough chorus to memorize yet contains some wonderful imagery that pulls at the heartstrings."[2] Christopher Smith from TalkAboutPopMusic called the song "creepy and subdued", noting that it "takes the tone down but equally classy and thought-provoking."[3]

Chart performanceEdit

Upon its release, "Am I Right?" became the fifteenth consecutive Top 20 song on the UK Singles Chart for Erasure, peaking at number 15. It also reached number 9 in Ireland and number 21 in Austria. Shortly after the release as a single, the "Am I Right EP" was released, which featured new songs and alternate versions of Erasure singles and album tracks. The "Am I Right EP" peaked at number 22 in the UK.

Music videoEdit

A music video was made to accompany the song. It pictures Andy Bell walking down through Amsterdam and sitting down at the "Homomonument" (The Gays' Monument) near the Westerkerk. Vince Clarke is seen on a sailboat, sailing on the water in the Amsterdam canal system. The video was published on YouTube in September 2014. As of November 2020, it has got more than 578 000 views.

Track listingsEdit

7", Mute / MUTE134 (UK)
  1. "Am I Right?"
  2. "Carry On Clangers" (Edit)
  3. "Let It Flow"
  4. "Waiting for Sex" (Edit)
  • also available on MC (CMUTE134)
12", Mute / 12MUTE134 (UK)
  1. "Am I Right?" (Dave Bascombe Mix)
  2. "Carry On Clangers"
  3. "Let It Flow"
  4. "Waiting for Sex"
12, Mute / L12MUTE134 (UK)
  1. "Am I Right?" (The Grid Mix)
  2. "Love to Hate You" (LFO Modulated Mix)
  3. "Chorus" (Vegan Mix)
  4. "B3"
CD, Mute / CDMUTE134 (UK)
  1. "Am I Right?"
  2. "Let It Flow"
  3. "Waiting for Sex"
  4. "Carry on Clangers"
CD EP, Mute / LCDMUTE134 (UK)
  1. "Am I Right?" (The Grid Mix)
  2. "Love to Hate You" (LFO Modulated Mix)
  3. "Chorus" (Vegan Mix)
  4. "Perfect Stranger" (Acoustic Version)

ChartsEdit

Original releaseEdit

Chart (1991) Peak
position
Total
weeks
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 21 8
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 9 3
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 15 6

Remix E.P. releaseEdit

Chart (1992) Peak
position
Total
weeks
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 22 3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Erasure – Chorus". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-11-07. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Smith, Michael R. (2007-06-10). "Chorus – Erasure". The Daily Vault. Retrieved 2020-11-20. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Smith, Christopher (2020-02-14). "REVIEW: 'CHORUS' (DELUXE EDITION) – ERASURE". TalkAboutPopMusic. Retrieved 2020-11-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Steffen Hung. "Austria Top 40 - Hitparade Österreich". austriancharts.at. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2012-01-14. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Jaclyn Ward (1962-10-01). "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2012-01-14. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "UK Singles & Albums Official Charts Company". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-01-14. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "UK Singles & Albums Official Charts Company". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-01-14. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)