Finally released in the UK, after months and months of waiting (with minimal promotion and long after the initial wave of interest has subsided).
This is a superb pop album that contains the soundtrack of last summer in 'Release Me' and the inexplicably poorly received 'I Need You Now'. 'Love, Love, Love' is glorious - a glitterball of a song that starts in Copacabana-esque 'cabaret style' and then explodes into joyously knowing disco. It's melody is so familiar, so immediate, that you feel like singing along from the moment the beat kicks in.
Elsewhere, there is the melancholy Euro-disco of a remixed 'Big Blue Wall' (complete with the trademark Agnes ad-libs during the outro) and the harder-edged dance sound of 'On and On' (now remixed to sound more flowing, with a bigger chorus uplift & additional strings) . Best of all, new track 'Secret Love' is an immediate pop smash that just about slams its melody right at you: stirring synths, propulsive bassline and a brilliantly double-edge lyric make this an album high point.
The album's outer artwork is not as pleasing as the original 'Dance Love Pop - Love Love Love edition'. The sense of magic has gone, replaced by a more coldy efficient kind of marketing. Inside the booklet, the lyrics have been removed altogether. This, plus the removal of the excellent 'Don't Pull Your Love Out', is the only real disappointment.
It's a pity that the album's campaign has been messed around so much. Agnes has created a pure pop classic that may be destined to become a 'secret love', known only to a small number of UK music fans. Nonetheless, at least it's euphoric beauty is now available for all those who seek it out.