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5.0 out of 5 stars Abracadabra, 5 Mar 2013
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome CD Addition, 21 Jan 2013
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I have to say I enjoyed listening to this CD, after listening to the MCA version on CD and downloading the 2005 digital version. The highlights for me are Love Conquers All, Say It, Unlock the secrets of your heart and Answered Prayer. I wish this reissued CD was a 2 CD or 3CD set with one CD dedicated to unreleased tracks and demos, a DVD of the videos for Love Conquers All and Say It. I would also have liked to have heard for the first time a couple of unreleased ABC tracks: 'What Colour is the Wind? produced by Frankie Knuckles and Thunder and Lightning.There should be sleeve notes and more album photos included. I hope EMI take note and reissue the missing and unreleased songs I mentioned in future on CD, LP and digitally.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic ABC, 21 Jun 2014
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C. Chapman (UK) - See all my reviews
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One of those albums with hardly a duff track on it, although the bonus tracks are mainly remixes. If this had been released some years earlier it would have yielded many hit singles. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Reissue, 24 Dec 2012
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Michael 80 (San Francisco,USA) - See all my reviews
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Finally remastered first time ever on cd, Abracadabra was a 90s lost masterpiece. The 2005 digital reissue had a better bonus track listing but this cd version sounds far better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Forgotten Album....Worth Re-Investigation, 10 Jan 2013
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David G. (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) - See all my reviews
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Got this in the mail today from Amazon and well worth the wait to get it from the UK to Canada! I bought it mainly for the remixes and to have them all on one disc. It was well worth it for that, so well done on this re-issue.
Upon listening to the album again, there are some great ABC songs, sad it was their last with Mark White but while not up there with their best, it's a must have for any ABC fan.
I would have liked some added liner notes, the booklet is identical for the most part to the regular edition. Some reflection from Martin Fry would have been nice.

All in all, well worth the purchase and another worthy addition to my ABC collection!
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