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on 5 March 2013
ABC's sixth studio album Abracadabra, released in 1991, turned out to be the duo's last album before vocalist Martin Fry later reformed the band without Mark White. Only peaking at #50 in the UK at the time, and receiving mixed reviews to date, this is an album that is unfairly pushed aside. After the house and club influences of the 1989 album Up, ABC progress further into this style with Abracadabra - made up of nine melodic, smooth and soulful numbers.
The album opener and lead single Love Conquers All sets the tone - slick, catchy and smooth. Songs like Unlock the Secrets of Your Heart, Spellbound and Satori make full use of Fry's rich vocals, even if the latter track is not on par with the rest of the material. Say It is a burning dance track, and was rightfully a big success on the American Dance charts. Answered Prayer, Welcome to the Real World and All That Matters have gorgeous melodies to entwine with Fry's smooth vocal. The crowning jewel of the album is This Must Be Magic - wonderfully melodic and lush, combining all kinds of great sounds (as the entire album does) and boosts this with an excellent chorus.
ABC reinvented themselves here, and such the album perhaps didn't appeal as much as with the original success the band found years earlier with such albums as Lexicon of Love. Yet Abracadabra is exactly what it is - a polished, luxuriant early 1990s dance album. The duo sound comfortable within this style, and the album shows them to have mastered such a move perfectly indeed. Underrated for sure.