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Happy Nation

Jamie Linn
23 July 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 23 July 2009
  • Label: Pop Music
  • Copyright: 2009 Pop Music
  • Total Length: 2:18
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  • ASIN: B002ZQ7LUO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,694 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Mar. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Famous for "All that she wants", which is the opening track, Ace of Base's strength on this album is their other melancholic tracks such as "Waiting for Magic", "Happy Nation" and "The Sign". The album is up beat and poppy, but has much more character and depth (and lyrics!) that most 2-male 2-female bands since. They are dancier and more electronic than Abba. Not as sweet but much more meaningful than Spice Girls or modern teenage-aimed bands. Well written and unique pop music, childish yet deep.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Pomeroy on 4 April 2000
Format: Audio CD
Their first and most popular album, this was released after a series of smash hit singles, and was called 'Happy Nation' in the UK. It sold massively in the States, where for a short while they swept aside the tail-end of grunge.
At the time, they seemed like a cross between Abba (light pop with skewed lyrics, in particularly 'All that she wants' in which, the 'baby' was supposed to be a 'boyfriend', and not an actual 'baby') and the then-huge wave of 'reggae-lite' bands. Combining bouncy beats with surprisingly morose lyrics ('Happy Nation', in particular, is positively glacial, and has a bit in medieval Latin - take that, Enya!), it's very 1993, especially on the 'Bhangra' remix of 'All that she wants', which sounds as if more than seven years have passed.
During that seven years they released a follow-up, 'The Bridge', which didn't sell very well at all, and a further follow-up, 'Flowers', which was slightly more popular, and contained the excellent 'Life is a Flower'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Muhammad Odeh on 21 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Although sometimes ignored by more 'serious' music listeners, Ace of Base's happy nation should be taken seriously for bringing a fusion of various influences together to create some fantastic tunes. 'All that She Wants' is an anthem, but all the tracks stand out. Although some ideas are clearly borrowed from styles such as reggae, funk, r'n'b, and groups such as the excellent Kream Kaik Mischun, the result is a style all their own.
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Format: Audio CD
This has to be one of the finest examples of absolute musical greatness i've ever heard. Simple, yet completely addictive and just all round brilliance. I remember first hearing the signature track 'All That She Wants' waaaaay back in 1993 when it debuted on 'The Chart Show' and i was instantly spellbound. The moody vocals, the somewhat melancholic nature of the song, the compelling composition and it's unashamedly groovy sound had me hooked. As soon as the album was released i bought it. I remember listening to the album for the first time and loving it, well, almost. Being only 11yrs old at the time, i wasn't very knowledgable about some of the subject matter in the songs so they were kind of a mute point for me and i was less appreciative of some songs which i have now come to love.

ALL THAT SHE WANTS 5/5:

'Perfection' is all that can be said really.

DON'T TURN AROUND 4/5:

Can't say i was overly taken by this song when i first heard it. And even though i won't rush to add it on my playlist even today, it has grown on me over the years.

YOUNG AND PROUD 4/5:

I have always like the beat of this but it's only in recent years i have begun to fully appreciate the techno vibe this song has. I do however, prefer the demo version to this.

THE SIGN 5/5:

Another piece of perfection. Everything about this song kicks ass. And along with A.T.S.W is their flagship song.

LIVING IN DANGER 2/5:

I hate to admit it but i have never liked this song. And i still don't have much adoration for it. I Don't know why but i always skip this song. The 'New Buddah Version' is better i must say.

VOULEZ VOUS DANSER 4/5:

Nice dancey track which i can still groove to.
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By D.A.C on 25 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Ace of Base managed to sell over 23 million copies of this album worldwide and making it the highest selling debut album by a group ever.

It's reggae tinged pop/dance/house music and it sounds just as good now as it did back in 1993/4.

Tracks

All That She Wants (10/10) One of the best pop records of the 1990's, a catchy chorus and curious lyrics paint a picture of summer holidays were the sky is blue and the sand is golden. Perfect.

Don't Turn Around (10/10) A cover of the Aswad cover of the original Tina Turner song, Ace of Base make this their own and rightly scored a massive hit in the process, one of the best summer songs of 1994 and probably the best version of the track so far. The Aswad mix (by Ace of Base) is worth hunting out just for the drum beat.

Young and Proud (8/10) A catchy, dancey song that's easy to listen to but doesn't stand out, though still very good.

The Sign (10/10) Competes with All That She Wants for the title of the bands signature tune, this track was massive worldwide with its reggae beat, catchy chorus and verses and brilliant production. Possibly their best song.

Living In Danger (10/10) Never a massive hit and often overlooked, this track is amoung their best and has some odd lyrics to add to it's appeal. Once voted the 18th best single of all time in a poll by a music magazine. FACT!

Voulez Vous Danser (9/10) Another one that has catchy written all over it, a perfect pop/dance track with a good strong vocal throughout.

Happy Nation (8/10) I like this track and it has some excellent lyrics, but it's slightly slower than the rest of the album and it can drag on for me at times, though it is a very good track, I just have to be in the mood for it.
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