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The Lexicon Of Love (Digitally Remastered)

The Lexicon Of Love (Digitally Remastered)

16 Nov 1998

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  • Original Release Date: 16 Nov 1998
  • Release Date: 16 Nov 1998
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Copyright: (C) 1998 Mercury Records Limited
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  • Total Length: 42:06
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  • ASIN: B001KUJ014
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,462 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Eugene Onegin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 July 2012
Format: Audio CD
When this album was released in 1982, I was 15, thin and thought I knew it all. Thirty years on I am fatter and am aware that I know very little. But I do know this record is one of the greatest pop albums ever made and that it should be in any serious collection of pop music. Given that these days the great majority of my listening focuses on classical music then this is perhaps surprising or perhaps it is not because the sound of this music has a symphonic power and the lyrics would not be out of place in an opera house. Why is this album so exceptional? One classic test of the quality of an album is how many bad tracks are mixed in with the good ones-here the answer is simple-there is not one bad song here and indeed some of the ones which were not released as singles like Date Stamped or Many Happy Returns are equally as good as classics like Poison Arrow or The Look of Love. Then there is the gloriously ironic cliche-ridden lyrics which are as fresh and enjoyable now as three decades ago. Then there is the music itself-a complex blend of jazz, funk, percussion and strings with the synths just one element of a complex musical whole. Having a producer like Trevor Horn was obviously a stroke of great good fortune because the instrumentation, the blending and sound are all outstanding. Even the artwork is a masterpiece and entirely true to the spirit of the music. Some would characterize this music as New Romantic, but the truth is like all of the best albums, the Lexicon of Love transcends any genre or era. I direct this review to fans of the Beatles, Progressive Rock, those under 30 who may not know this music or even fans of Sinatra or Bennett. Listen to this and I defy you not to smile and enjoy, admitting as you do,that you have acquired an outstanding album.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jan 2002
Format: Audio CD
Having ditched my old turntable for a new CD-only player I went through all my old vinyl and picked out the essentials that needed to replaced by CD. While 90% of the synth/pop stuff from the 80's now sounds dated, 'Lexicon' stood out as one of the few that still sounds as good in 2002 as it did around 20 years ago. To those too young to remember or weren't around 'Lexicon' shows how 'pop' is done properly. Big on glam, big on glitz, big on sound. Not for ABC black pullovers, Gap khakis and rehashed Beegees/Cat Stevens numbers.Every track is a winner, although I'd say the 'singles' are not as good as 'Valentine's Day', '4 ever 2 gether' and 'Many happy returns'.Its got the lot, lush string arrangements, big drums and some cracking bass lines. 'Thriller's often talked of as being the best 'pop' album made. Nah! This blows that away every time.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By L. C. Huxley on 1 Oct 2006
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You know. The one that you like a song or two off of it, so you say, 'hey, give it a whirl', and you buy it and give it a listen. You stick to the excellent singles for a while, and then start to play the others. You enjoy them. You then play the whole damn thing through in one go, and then do it again. And again. Because it has grabbed you and is never, ever letting you go. And you want to shout it's praises in public, in the most superlative, terrible detail, to the bemusement of everyone else. Which is what I'm about to do here. You were warned.

'Lexicon...' is about love. Heartbreak, longing, bitterness, break-up, happiness- but instead of a string of cliched routine pop songs, ABC made what is essentially a kind of pop concept album. It even sort of features a persona, as Martin Fry's voice showcases the innocence of hopeful love and bitterness of a man scorned who feels frustration and sadness but is unable to really vent his anger (like most people, really). Each track is individual(there is no 'fade out' on any of the tracks) but also part of a whole, in terms of theme and execution.

'Show Me' opens the album, but by the end has become frantic in it's speed, and abruptly finishes, to then immediately launch into the splendid 'Poison Arrow', a perfectly produced bit of pop, complete with bitter, and possibly slightly ironic, lyrics, and a classic chorus ('Who broke my heart. YOU did, YOU did'). On 'Tears Are Not Enough', as Fry opens with a near falsetto, but proceeds to sound almost vicious ('yes you're shown you're tough...tears are not enough').
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Nov 1999
Format: Audio CD
Remember the gold lame suits, the mullets and the jacket sleeves rolled up ? Blokes wearing mascara and looking like pirates ? If the answer to this is yes then you are almost eighteen years older than when you were snogging to "True" at the sixth-form disco. Not much of that era stood the test of time but the suberb "Lexicon of Love" rises above the mire and still sounds like it could have been released yesterday. Led by the stylish Martin Fry, ABC were influenced by Dollar's hit single "Hand held in black and white". In particular they were impressed by the production skills of the then relatively unknown Trevor Horn, former lead singer of Buggles. Together they produced a timeless album laced with quality on every track. Although it contains four top ten hits, Tears are not enough, Poison Arrow, The Look of Love and All of my Heart, the truth is they could have randomly released any four tracks with equal success. Heart wrenching strings, Chic influenced funk and bittersweet lyrics. This album is pure silk. Sadly, ABC shot their bolt with this album and could never repeat it's quality or success. But after this masterwork they can be forgiven for that. Enjoy.
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