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  • Audio Cassette
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B00008LMIZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 27 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
With all the manufactured puppets that parade the charts today, laughing all the way to the bank, I was a bit dubious about a1's change of direction. They've always persisted that they are far more mature than other chart busters, like say, Pondlife, and that they always write their own songs, and play their own instruments, and have gotten better with every album. With 'Make It Good' they've prooved that theory. This album is jam packed with quality tunes, many with sweeping psychedelic choruses, that you can't help but like. The lyrics occasionaly stumble into old a1 territory, but are redeemed by the sincerity displayed in the vocals. 'Here Comes The Rain' and 'One Last Song' are excellent examples of emotion commited to record in a way that trancends your average boyband dittie song. It knpcks spots off 'Flying Withouy Wings' let's put it that way. The recent hits 'Caught In The Middle' and 'Make It Good' are a good indication of what to expect from this record. Guitar music for the more mature pop fan. And with all four boys taking it in turn to write tracks, and with each of them playing one or more instrument throughout, we are left with a well crafted and quality album that may or may not sell, depending on how the pop market react to a band with actual talent as opposed to just a fine marketing director, who wouldn't think twice about taking money from impressionable teens, and offering them an album that is devoid of any passion or soul, for the sake of making a quick buck. Well done boys!'Make It Good' indeed......well you certainly have.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "liquiddreams1981" on 28 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
A1 are probably one of the few boybands i've really liked, Their early music was catchy and up-beat with choruses that once in your head lodged themselves there for what seemed like an eternity. Unlike most boybands however A1 do play their own instuments and write or co-write the majority of their own songs and in a country where manufactured pop seems to be the only way to guarantee a big hit, that's quite an achievement.
This 3rd album sees them going for more of an adult orientated sound, perhaps because they've realised that their audience is growing up or perhaps because this is the type of music they always wanted to do, whatever the reason it works. Like any good pop album there's a good mixture to the style of the tracks, with up-tempo rockers like 'Isn't It Cheap' and 'This Ain't What Love Is About', middle of the road pop songs 'Caught In The Middle' and the title track 'Make It Good' and ballads 'When I'm Missing You', 'Crazy For Leaving You' and 'Cherish This Love' A1 have produced an album which plays at a consistantly high level and gels together much better than their previous albums. The songs are well written and catchy and show that boybands can actually grow up. A very good album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lee St Clair on 28 Jun. 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The A List was the first A1 CD I ever bought, and I thought it was supurb - a better effort than their first album, which I bought later. I didn't think they could get any better. Then, along came Make It Good! Believe me -- they made it Good! One Last Song is a fantastic track. Make It Good is a great track. Caught In The Middle is bouncy and fun and extremely enjoyable. All the tracks are good -- there isn't one I didn't like, although obviously I have favorites. There is a slightly more mature, edgier feel to the ballads, which is great. The uptempo songs have a more mature sound to them It is A1, yet it is not the same old thing as their previous albums. Its like A1 improved, A1 even better. If you're an A1 fan, definitely get this CD and be prepared to be pleasantly surprised. If you're not an A1 fan, this would be a great place to start!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
a1 have certainly bent the common genre of 'boy bands' on this album - commercially it may cost them a few teeny bopper fans, but realistically, "Make It Good" has shown the musical world that a1 are at the peak of their musical careers. With producer Mike Hedges (of U2 and Manic Street Preachers fame) on board, this unique album blends great guitar driven songs with the unique lyrics that the boys have written. Stand out tracks include Caught In The Middle, Cherish This Love and One Last Song, while the more rocky tracks such as Isn't It Cheap and This Ain't What Love Is About show that a1 have the ability to redefine the boyband genre.
I don't buy albums from boy bands, but if they were all finely tuned and written like this then I would buy more! Well done a1, you deserve a lot of praise for this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen_S on 27 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
The lads decided to explore new music territory with this album and I definitely think they've done it well. The music is more up-tempo, but they haven't forgotten their roots. The album have some very nice ballads, the best, in my opinion being "If I Can't Have You." That song shows off Mark Read's vocal and songwriting talents.
"Caught in the Middle", the first track has definitely made fans Stateside when they premiered it there.
I agree with other reviewers when they said that the lads have definitely shown they've grown up and that they're a band that should be taken seriously.
This one is definitely a keeper.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jun. 2002
Format: Audio CD
With this latest album, a1 have produced a much more mature sound. Amongst so-called boy bands, they are unique in that they play the instruments and compose their own songs, both of which are indicative of their talent.
This maturer sound may well mean that the album does not achieve major chart success. However, simply reaching a high position in the charts is not a measure of quality, but more of popularity, and many such albums have a limited shelf life. 'Make It Good' is an album that will have enduring appeal to music lovers of all ages.
Like most albums, there will always be isolated tracks that fail to hit the right note for an individual listener. However, on this album, such tracks are minimal, and outstanding songs are the ballad tracks 'Here Comes The Rain' and the excellent 'Learn To Fly' with its haunting lyrics.
Quality not quantity is the key to the success of this latest a1 production. One only has to look at the success of Elton John over 30 years whereby few of his most successful albums have ever featured heavily in the charts. Well done a1 on producing an original and unique sound. The wait was definitely worthwhile!
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