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This review is from: Minor Earth Major Sky (Audio CD)
After a 7 year hiatus, Minor earth, Major sky was the first A-ha album since Memorial beach. I feel that the band had a sense of reunion and joy when they created this album because if that is so then it's certainly reflected throughout the songs. The majority of the songs were written by Magne and Paul, as per usual, and there are 2 by Morten. The album is quite mellow and it's a mature effort. It's quite a step away from the early material. The album artwork is quite striking with a picture of an aeroplane's nose on the front cover.
The album begins with the title track and it's the perfect start to the album with a renewed, almost futuristic sound and it's one of the best here. Little black heart is a really good track with an amazing rhythm that sticks in your mind and really sets up an atmosphere. The chorus, like many A-ha songs is simple but very effective. Velvet, another single is a highlight with romantic lyrics and female backing vocals. Summer moved on is very mellow and Morten gets to show off his vocal talents in the chorus with his trademark falsetto. This song went to number 1 in 17 countries and it's also notable that Morten earned a world record for the longest held note in a UK hit song from it! The sun never shone that day, written by Paul and his wife Lauren, has a very melancholy sound and it's another highlight. To let you win is a Morten Harket penned song it's quite different from the upbeat feel of the previous tracks. It definitely slows things down. Morten uses quite low register vocals in the verse and high-pitched singing at the chorus. It's not the greatest but it's not bad. The company man on the other hand is surely the worst song on the record. It sounds like this could be a true story based on someone the guys knew. It isn't a bad song but it is still the worst in my opinion. It's got quite a boring sound to it although I do like the blues guitar in the background. Thought that it was you is probably the best non-single on the record and what do you know; it's also penned by Morten Harket! The sound is just amazing and it still has that updated, modern sound and it fits in very well with this powerful ballad. The lyrics are very strong and the chorus is incredible with an astonishing melody that evokes so many emotions and takes you away. It's a perfect example of why Morten Harket is one of the greatest vocalists ever! I wish I cared, written by Magne once again has that mellow futuristic sound to it. Barely hanging on is essentially an acoustic track with a slow sound to it and a 1 line chorus and it's a decent track. You'll never get over me is great, with a self-assured title it has a confident feel to the lyrics and very welcome, contradictive female vocals by Lauren Savooy towards the end of the track. I won't forget her is really good again with a futuristic, modern sound with an eastern flavour to it. If there's one song to dance to on this record then it'd be this 1 because it has an addictive beat. The chorus once again is simple but very effective next to the verse's lyrics. Mary Ellen makes the moment count is also essentially an acoustic song about loneliness and a past relationship with a clever chorus. It's a great end to a really good album.
A-ha's reunion is much welcomed with these great songs. Some of the album does have its weak points but overall it really delivers and it's an album I have enjoyed from the beginning.