At first glance this almost looks like an album of new songs from Erasure, but closer examination reveals that it's actually Erasure reinterpreting their own songs - kind of like a tribute to themselves. They've decided to skip over their biggest hits, which is why you might not recognize the titles unless you're a big fan, but they've also turned this into an acoustic country album. It's an odd call, but the stripped-down arrangements really do showcase the strength of the songwriting. It's not convincing as country, though, unless your idea of country is very gay, very British and much more at home in a soft-seat concert theatre than a beer hall. Union Street is best when Erasure actually leave the arrangements simple and modest; when they try to get atmospheric and creative it starts sounding a little too much like bland New Age folk pop.