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Aha, There's just Something awesome about A-Ha!
on 24 March 2015
It is easy to forget this band. They are well known for "Take On Me" and "The Sun Always Shines On TV" but are not really regarded by most as must hear musicians. But, listen you should. It is totally deceptive of Norway's most successful music export to make us assume that they are just radio friendly, 1980's electro-pop performers. Sure, their first album is very much in that category. It is their first album, "Hunting High and Low" that gives a home to A-ha's most successful chart hits that I've already mentioned. But, alongside Take On Me and Sun/TV, you had train of Thought and the title track as strong singles too. By 1986 they had matured and "Scoundrel Days" their second album, seemed to confirm this. The electo-sound was still there, but the tone was darker and more classical. This style continued with the third album "Stay on These Roads" and the title track remains, one of my favourite A-Ha songs. So, there we have what many consider to be the ultimate collection of A-ha albums, their pinnacle sound, their good look boy band electro sound. How wrong we all were. The final two albums in this collection portray A-Ha totally differently. With electro-pop banished, guitar and rich instrumentation took over. The strength and tone of East of the Sun, West of the Moon and Memorial Beach are so sumptuous, so melancholy and so damn powerful you instantly forget their earlier sound, no matter how good it was.
A-ha are one of the pop world's most underrated and under appreciated musicians. I absolutely adore this collection, and for little over a tenner, it is a brilliant buy that will bring back some fabulous memories and introduce you to a sound you could never imagine.