This is the first single released from a-ha's seventh studio album, "Lifelines" and sadly the weakest first single they've ever released by a long way. That's not to say it isn't a bad song: it's good by most other people's standard, but to label this as the stand out track from an a-ha album has to lead you to have deep suspicions that the album in question must be their worst by far - and it is.
There's a nice orchestral riff, Morten's vioce is as beautiful as ever but the melody just isn't strong enough. The songs too long and even if it were to be shortened it just wouldn't have enough punch.
This single is also relevant as it is the first a-ha single in which Pal Waktaar, the principle songwriter, has had no hand in writing. It's no surprise therefore that the a-ha magic is lacking in this song, the music of which was written by Morten, never famed for his song writing skills, and the lyrics by MAgs -lyric writing always being the weakest part of his armoury.
The "new" post Memorial Beach a-ha are a band in name only - the album this single is from consisted mainly of songs recorded entirely separately by each of the three band members, and is proof that although Pal may have been the driving talent behind a-ha, they were always a band greater than the sum of their parts.
If you're an a-ha fan by "Lifelines" - but it will depress you. If you're new to a-ha stay well clear of anything released after 1993.