Happy Nation Extra tracks
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ACE OF BASE Happy Nation (1993 UK 15-track CD album featuring the US Version of their debut album including the singles Wheel Of Fortune All That She Wants The Sign and Dont Turn Around complete with the picture booklet inlay)
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At the time, they seemed like a cross between Abba (light pop with skewed lyrics, in particularly 'All that she wants' in which, the 'baby' was supposed to be a 'boyfriend', and not an actual 'baby') and the then-huge wave of 'reggae-lite' bands. Combining bouncy beats with surprisingly morose lyrics ('Happy Nation', in particular, is positively glacial, and has a bit in medieval Latin - take that, Enya!), it's very 1993, especially on the 'Bhangra' remix of 'All that she wants', which sounds as if more than seven years have passed.
During that seven years they released a follow-up, 'The Bridge', which didn't sell very well at all, and a further follow-up, 'Flowers', which was slightly more popular, and contained the excellent 'Life is a Flower'.
ALL THAT SHE WANTS 5/5:
'Perfection' is all that can be said really.
DON'T TURN AROUND 4/5:
Can't say i was overly taken by this song when i first heard it. And even though i won't rush to add it on my playlist even today, it has grown on me over the years.
YOUNG AND PROUD 4/5:
I have always like the beat of this but it's only in recent years i have begun to fully appreciate the techno vibe this song has. I do however, prefer the demo version to this.
THE SIGN 5/5:
Another piece of perfection. Everything about this song kicks ass. And along with A.T.S.W is their flagship song.
LIVING IN DANGER 2/5:
I hate to admit it but i have never liked this song. And i still don't have much adoration for it. I Don't know why but i always skip this song. The 'New Buddah Version' is better i must say.
VOULEZ VOUS DANSER 4/5:
Nice dancey track which i can still groove to.Read more ›
But in 1993, when all the synth-driven gems of new wave and other musical styles gave way to dreary grunge pop and aimless, brainless dance-drivel, Ace Of Base appeared to adroitly marry the dancefloor with a clear intelligence barely seen then and since.
Never as strong as Abba, yet arguably mining more styles than Roxette, Ace of Base hit with the unique chart-topping singles 'All That She Wants' and 'The Sign'. Both tunes are perfect, though their version of 'Don't Turn Around' is their weakest single alongside the 1998 motown attempt 'Always Have, Always Will'. The problem is mainly the song-it's typical slushy gush from the pen of Diane Warren, and it could only be made palatable by the powerhouse approach from a set of lungs like Pat Benatar or Laura Branigan. In fact Bonnie Tyler has covered it too, with the best results yet, but it sadly wasn't a single. How Ace Of Base got a hit with it is no mystery-they were on a high in their first year and could have got a hit with a nursery rhyme. Their light musical and vocal approach is just too flimsy to engage on an already unsatisfactory song, though they still beat Aswad's version.
Their other singles have no such problem-the accidentally (?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All the tracks are refreshing but the cruel summer says it allPublished 6 months ago by Dr Hameed Faheem
A very good album. I remember hearing ''The Sign'' 20 years ago and buying this again brought back memories. Very good Swedish music!!!Published 21 months ago by david bailey