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Analogue [Enhanced, Extra tracks]

a-ha Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Nov 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Extra tracks
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B000BT7I8M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,417 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Celice
2. Don't Do Me Any Favours
3. Cosy Prisons
4. Analogue (All I Want)
5. Birthright
6. Holyground
7. Over The Treetops
8. Halfway Through The Tour
9. The Fine Blue Line
10. Keeper Of The Flame
11. Make It Soon
12. White Dwarf
13. The Summers Of Our Youth
14. a-ha - Softwareplayer Analogue
15. Analogue (All I Want)
16. Cosy Prisons

Product Description

BBC Review

A-ha burst on the British scene in 1985 with their comic-book video'd "Take On Me", and they're one of the most internationally loved bands in pop, years later.

Analogue is a mature collection of songs, carefully produced and arranged. They're at their best at their darkest: the title track is the standout with its steady guitar-piano riff breaking out into uplifting choruses. Strings feature across the board: "A Fine Blue Line" blends them with electronics and "Over the Treetops" with vocal harmonies, incorporating fuzz guitar... The trick they have mastered is balancing all synthetic and acoustic elements within dramatic structures.

Bonus track "The Summers of Our Youth" begins with Magne Furuholmen almost cocking a snook to Chris Martin by taking on a rather similar singing style, before returning to Morten's familiar falsetto. A-ha must realise they're the original, and the finest. Keane and Coldplay, get your coats. --Lucy Davies

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great come back album... 9 Dec 2005
By Dalisa
Format:Audio CD
This album was a wonderful surprise. I wasnt sure what to expect but I have to say that this is one of the best albums I have heard and is placed within Colplay's Parachutes, Keanes' Hopes & Fears and Starsailors' Silence is Easy. Morten Harket's voice is as strong ever and the music is as he says music for the soul. There are masterful sound textures, you can notice other sounds depending on whether you hear it anywhere. There are some beautiful tracks such as Birthright and A Fine Blue Line; and there are the more stronger tracks such as Analogue and Celice. This is a must have album for this year - it is truly a beautiful album.
This album is proof that it's time for the world to take a fresh look at a-ha and realise they are one of the best bands in the world who inspired the best bands in the world now.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A-ha - Beyond Take On Me 7 Nov 2005
Format:Audio CD
A-ha returns to the UK with their 8th studio album “Analogue”. For A-ha purists looking for a taste of 80’s nostalgia, this album will come as a disappointment. There are no 80’s synch disco beats to be found here, what you will find instead is a masterclass in melancholic sentiment not seen since the exquisite Coldplay album “A rush of blood to the head”.
Standout tracks are “Analogue”, described by some as a Take On Me for the new millennium, albeit with a rockier edge and the European single “Celice”, a song that saw such a radical departure for the band that it led to a marked desertion from their loyal pop obsessed German fan base.
Despite the strength of the aforementioned singles, where this album really excels is in its core material. The album has a wealth of hidden layers that demands repeat listening, songs such as “Cosy Prison” and “The Fine Blue Line” are beautiful ballads that perfectly encapsulate the raw feelings of human emotions whilst remaining easily accessible. Other songs such as “White Dwarf” and “Birthright” take longer to appreciate yet are ultimately rewarding and represent some of the albums finer moments.
The album’s only failing is the dire “Halfway through the tour” a song about the toils of life on the road (although many bands feel the need to write about their experiences on the road they rarely make for great songs). Overall, against such strong material, this is only a minor indiscretion.
So is this a great album, the answer is Yes and if it was released by Keane or Coldplay then it would undoubtedly get the recognition it so richly deserves. The real question is will A-ha ever be able to shake off the boyband tag. Only time will tell, but with this album they have surely made a huge step forward in doing so.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They never let me down.... 16 Nov 2005
Format:Audio CD
I have been a fan of this band since the beginning. I feel as I've 'grown' so have they. Although Take on Me, Stay on These Roads and Hunting High and Low (all great in their own right) still give me a nostalgic feel, this album has songs of the sort of quality that make the hair stand up on your neck, make you want to punch the air in triumph and sing their praises from the rooftops. Each song is different and equally add something to the chaging mood and themes running through it. It's more together and consistent than the two previous albums, almost an amalgamation of the best bits from those. The two singles are great, with singalong, memorable choruses, both haunting in a way too. But they are not the strongest songs on the album. Cosy Prisons and Birthright are powerful and sung with such skill, clarity and grace, it's hard to move on from them to another track. The rougher Don't do me any favours is more rock than we've heard before, showing a sharper edge to the band. The production on all songs is outstanding, never using too many sounds but always enough to create a changing atmosphere throughout the album. The more times you listen to the album, the more you find: more sounds, rhythms, melodies and instruments, catching you off guard. It's a mixture of so much, showing their individual influences as well as their togetherness. This is a mature album, proving aha to not only be on top of their game but showing them to be worthy of higher critical acclaim than they receive, particularly in the UK. They have influenced many, and it's easy to see why. There's a bit of Beatles esq sound too, some Keane, Travis and some of the more upbeat Coldplay. Gone are the boyband most still consider them to be. These are skilled musicians, sharing their thoughts, talent and emotions with the world. They have found themselves - listen to this album and you will find the 'real aha' too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Album you must buy this 14 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
Went to see a-ha at Birmingham in concert in December 2005 wasn't a real die hard fan my husband was from the beginning and still is but this really changed my mind,this album is wicked such a masterpiece they did a few songs from this album at the concert,that made my mind up for me I just had to have this album,Cosy Prisons is my favourite track along with Birthright,put album straight onto my ipod now only problem is my ipod is on constant charge from all the playing of this album.So thanks lads for a wicked album and hope to see many more in the future,Analogue for Number 1.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of their best! 16 Nov 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is one of their bands best albums. And that is not bad for a band who has reliesed albums in three decades, and scored several top 10 hits with both albums and singles!
Analogue is an album in the same lane as their last two albums. This is a mature band. That does not mean that they cant rock. There are several upbeats on this albums, but the best ones are the more slow and sentimental ones. I especially like "Cozy Prisons", Mortens "Holy Ground" and Paals "Over the three tops". The best one of them all is Paals "Keeper of the flame"
Must they keep their flame alive for three more decades!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars (4.5*!) Smells like smoke, sounds like bliss!
The title of this review is based on the second-hand CD I bought from Amazon that had obviously come from a smoker because the booklet wreaked of tobacco. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Matt182
5.0 out of 5 stars No words to express how good this album is.
This album is totally amazing. There's no bad song in it. It could be easily considered the best album from A-HA. The album is good from the beginning to its end. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jorge Alberto Noguez
3.0 out of 5 stars An unplugged kind of a-ha album
Analogue - the title suggests a kind of going back to basics; a shift away from the bells and whistles of modern digital gadgetry and stripping your songs back down to their... Read more
Published on 27 Sep 2010 by LXIX
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting change from the older style
This is a really nice album and is quite a change from the first 3.Is this the slight move into a more different sound? The album opens with celice with a nice bit of guitar. Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2009 by B. J. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I just adore this band, and have done ever since I was a little girl, so wishing that I was the girl in the 'Take On Me' video, being led to safety by Morten Harket! Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2009 by Special K
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage a-ha
Like a fine wine a-ha get better with age. Analogue IS the best album that a-ha have produced during their long and fruitful music career. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2009 by D. P. Lomax
5.0 out of 5 stars Anther fine album from this Norwegian band!
This is the third album released by A-Ha since their reuniting in 2000.

These thirteen tracks open with the catchy and subliminal 'Celice'. Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2008 by FAMOUS NAME
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine album from this great Norwegian band!
This is the third album released by A-Ha since their reuniting in 2000.

These thirteen tracks open with the catchy and subliminal 'Celice'. Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2008 by FAMOUS NAME
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine album from this great Norwegian band!
This is the third album released by A-Ha since their reuniting in 2000.

These thirteen tracks open with the catchy and subliminal 'Celice'. Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2007 by FAMOUS NAME
5.0 out of 5 stars Great modern album
I have always been a fan of A-ha, and eagerly looking forward to hearing their new material. As much as I loved the old stuff, I know that times have to change and in A-ha's case,... Read more
Published on 27 July 2007 by ReviewBlog51
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