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Not my favourite
on 8 February 2002
Having been a fan of a-ha's since 1985, I found this, their third offering a bit of a disappointment to be honest. I think in retrospect, a-ha's music is divided in two. Their first three albums are very much 80s synth pop, and their last three albums have been more orchestral.
The synth-pop sound peaked with Scoundrel Days, and I didn't like this follow-up as much. Granted there are some really great tunes: Stay on These Roads, Out of the Blue Comes Green, The Blood That Moves The Body. But there are also some really irritatingly lite songs as well - Touchy (which I despise), You Are The One. I found that the best songs on this album tended to be quite dark and melancholy, while my least favourite songs were grating fluffy, even by 80s standards. Thankfully, there were more good songs than bad, but the overall feel of the album was that it sounded uneven.
It's a must for an a-ha fan's collection, but this album actually turned me off them for a few years....