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15 April 2002

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  Song Title
You Wanted More
Forever Not Yours (Album Version - NY Mix II)
There's A Reason For It
Time And Again
Did Anyone Approach You - Original Album Version
Afternoon High - Demo Version
Oranges On Appletrees - London Mix
A Little Bit
Less Than Pure
Turn The Lights Down
Cannot Hide
White Canvas

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  • Original Release Date: 15 April 2002
  • Release Date: 15 April 2002
  • Label: WM Germany
  • Copyright: 2002 Wea Records / Warner Music Group Germany GmbH & Co Holding Ohg
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  • Total Length: 1:01:25
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,833 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another nice surprise 29 April 2002
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It would be easy to dismiss A-Ha as another one of those 80s band getting back into business to cash on their fading popularity but it wouldn't be strictly true. They never really stopped making albums and they still get a nice following in continental Europe. If you listen to their new album it's not hard to understand why. Besically it's good music. The 15 tracks here are intelligent pop songs without an ounce of pretension, catchy but not simplistic tunes. And Morten Harket's voice is a delight in itself. There is definitely more to A-Ha than 'Take on me'. This album probably won't get them thousands of new fans but it's a nice reassurance for all those who've always had a soft spot for that band.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Follow your lifelines through 22 Aug 2002
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Most people only consider A-ha now as prospective beneficiaries of the kind of 80s revival that got Gary Numan and Culture Club back in the spotlight.
But then most people would go out and buy Oasis' 'Heathen Chemistry' like record-buying sheep. While the Gallagher brothers songwriting seemed to stall in 1994, A-ha have been onwardly progressing to ever more mature and distinctive sound.
It was clear they benefited from the years away with their previous album 'Minor Earth, Major Sky' full of lushness and melodic quirkiness, and while 'Lifelines' may not have the immediate impact of the single off that album, it's altogether more satisfying.
The genius for melody and rich string accompaniement, exemplified on the title track is bolstered by harder-edged production. 'You wanted more' is a kind of Norwegian 'I will survive' melodrama that shows the looser, more experimental approach in 'Major earth..' has continued, but 'Forever Not Yours' utilises classic Morten harmonising that is typically A-ha.
The experimentation sometimes gets edgy, on the pan-sexual paean, Oranges on Appletrees. But what is always refreshing is that A-ha seem to only care about making music, not how it is perceived.
Although Pal Waaktar Savoy is underepresented in terms of writing credits, Morten and Magne show they are just as capable in that department. Often it is the most unassuming and apparently simplistic work, like 'Leave your lights on' that become the most memorable and returned to tracks.
Just about everything on 'Lifelines' merits its inclusion - there is no real filler, and so much stylistic ground is covered, you feel the band have earned their money.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Norwegians are getting even better! 4 May 2002
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I loved 'Minor Earth, Major Sky'. 'Lifelines' is even better. As with an album of 15 songs, there are a couple of duff tracks (Mags' 'Dragonfly' and the lightweight 'Afternoon High') but all in all it is superb with melodies that most of today's contempories would kill for and sung to perfection by THAT voice which is in fine form. We are spoiled by the first track 'Lifelines' which is just brilliant. It is close to a career high - only the epic Stay on These Roads or Manhattan Skyline marginally betters it. Can the rest of the album live up to it's opener? Not quite, but it comes very close on several songs like 'You Wanted More', 'Did Anyone Approach You' 'Time and Again' and the album closer 'Solace'. The songs still have that feeling of bleakness and longing that A-ha are famous for and the theme of nature runs through with constant references to the sun, the rain, the moon, the wind and the stars. Misery never sounded this good. 'Lifelines' is much too un-pop to give A-ha the success in the UK they deserve. I have my ticket for the Albert Hall in June and cannot wait to hear these songs performed live. If you only know A-ha from the 'Hunting High and Low' album, give the guys another chance and buy this album. This is the best collection of songs you will hear this year and won't be beaten.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Contrasts and contradictions but very colourful 26 April 2002
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This album will confuse the critics. It has the downbeat slightly lonely sound of A-ha which people expect. But they have been true to their past here, with Lifelines and have refered back to the electronic attack of artists such as Depeche Mode and even to the pomp of the Pet shop boys. There is only one really dodgy track on the album: Oranges on Apple Trees.
Try this - there is something for everyone here
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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It would've been a bit too much to hope for to see a-ha return to the murky depths of East of the Sun, West of the Moon or Memorial Beach. Nevertheless, on Lifelines, they have managed to produce a successful compromise, juxtaposing some occasionally dark lyrics with a contemporary pop sound. Clearly this was their intention on Minor Earth Major Sky, but despite some superb tracks, that album was dogged by some unconvincing filler material.
Thankfully, Lifelines is much more consistent, and this is to the band's credit, as this is arguably a more difficult feat to achieve given the much talked about sharing of songwriting duties.
Admittedly, there's nothing here that's as immediately striking as Summer Moved On or Minor Earth Major Sky, but after two or three listens, Lifelines is clearly a better structured album, effortlessly holding your interest throughout the 15 track, 62 minute duration.
Even songs that appear to be weak to begin with (Did Anyone Approach You, Oranges on Appletrees) are salvaged by bursts of guitar or bombastic strings. What's more impressive is how well Morten Harket sounds throughout the album.
The overall result of this means that there are few (if any) songs that you would unreservedly condemn to the outtakes shelf. Sure, some tracks are weaker than others, but that's to be expected on any album, but there is no sense of the water-treading that marked some of the Minor Earth material as discarded b-sides.
One of my few grievances would be that Magne (with his armoury of superb material, including the stunning title track), didn't get to do a lead vocal of his own. Oh well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My 3rd favourite a-ha album
This is another excellent album from a-ha, the first three tracks really get things moving with a blend of soaring vocals and melodies that stick with you throughout the day, the... Read more
Published on 23 Dec 2010 by P. jeffrey
2.0 out of 5 stars The least sounding a-ha album
I have all of a-ha's albums and, to be honest, 2002's "Lifelines" is my least played. Why? Quite simply, it doesn't inspire me much. Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2010 by LXIX
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Major Sky had 13 songs- 10 good and 3 fillers. This has 15 songs and every one is good. The songs blend into each other very well and have a richer texture than their earlier... Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2008 by Tony
2.0 out of 5 stars very poor album
I actually like a-ha and specially their older stuff (see Scoundrel Days). Their first album after their hiatus, Minor Earth|Major Sky was a good album, and although there were... Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2006 by I. Zabala
5.0 out of 5 stars Each track a winner!
Don't listen to those old negative types, they'll always find something to criticise. I absolutely adore this album and can see why Coldplay, amongst other bands, have huge... Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2006 by C. Murphy-Gardner
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but...
"Lifelines" (LL for convenience) has a lot more Pop feel than A-ha's other albums, with generous, lush sound. However, in some cases lyrics aren't brilliant (e.g. Read more
Published on 25 April 2006 by purplemuffin
3.0 out of 5 stars Not at their best.
I see that most of the reviewers here have given the album five stars. I can only attribute that to two things; they are either extreme a-ha fans already, and/or they had just... Read more
Published on 12 July 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Sit back, relax, listen..........and enjoy!
Just two years after their fabulous comeback album 'Minor Earth Major Sky' from 2000, A-ha returned with a new album 'Lifelines'. Read more
Published on 12 Jun 2005 by secondalibi
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what we expected
I'm clearly in the minority here, but I don't consider this a worthy successor to `Minor Earth Major Sky'. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2005 by Reg Utterley-Boaring
5.0 out of 5 stars Great follow up to Minor earth
After listening to 2000's Minor earth major sky i knew "Lifelines" was gonna be a great follow up & i was right. Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2003 by "kanesamael5"
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