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A 'pivotal' point in A-Ha's career.,
This review is from: East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon (Audio CD)
This was the time when A-Ha took an 'odd' turn in their career; their Singles would no longer have the same impact upon the charts (a couple of my personal favourites 'Early Morning' and 'I Call Your Name' would not even make the Top 40 - the latter would have made a better 'edited' 7" Single, and a sensational extended saxophone 12" edit) and also their 12" releases were no longer 'extended' versions. This did not help their sales. Despite this, I still got very excited upon new album releases, and their album material up until this point would remain the same quality - perhaps with the exception of the two tracks; 'Sycamore Leaves' and 'Cold River', which to any astute fan would be the hint as to what style A-Ha were to take when releasing their following flop album (in chart terms) 'Memorial Beach'. This would be somewhat 'heavier' than their previous work, and would eventually lead to their split for almost a decade.
Due to this change in both style and approach, some ardent fans may have become disappointed and deserted them, but A-Ha would manage to retain their hardcore volume of support for their long-awaited return in 2000.