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.