Afternoons In Utopia

May 23, 1986 | Format: MP3

$7.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 23, 1986
  • Release Date: May 23, 1986
  • Label: WM Germany
  • Copyright: 1986 WEA RECORDS / WARNER MUSIC GERMANY
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  • Total Length: 46:52
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  • ASIN: B0011ZTWPW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,661 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Marc Dalesandro on March 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Alphaville first rose to prominence with the smash debut "Forever Young" album in 1984. But it was their 1986 release, "Afternoons in Utopia" that really provided one of New Wave's high-water marks.

From the sparkling "Dance With Me", to the haunting "Afternoons in Utopia", to the driving anthem that is "Jerusalem", this CD provides one super track after another.

"Sensations" seems to get better with each listen, the catchy "Red Rose" is a kinetic romp of sound, and of course no one could forget the dance favorite "Universal Daddy".

No real flaws in this album, no filler, just one last blast in the 80s for Alphaville, before switching gears with their next offering "The Breathtaking Blue".

"Afternoons in Utopia" is required listening for all fans of New Wave. Definitely worth the price!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I actually bought this CD in 1986 when I was 17, so it's a bit difficult to give an impartial view without incorporating the powerful emotions invoked by memories of my late teenage years. So what?! To me this is the most musically interesting and engaging album in my collection. Marian's singing is glorious and the lyrics set your imagination on fire, depicting a world of love and fantasy; introducing symbols and characters that often re-appear in later Alphaville songs.
I've heard it said that many talented bands produce their finest work on their second album. Whether or not this is true, I do believe it is the case here that Alphaville's most cohesive collection of musical genius came in the form of Afternoons in Utopia.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karen Roddis on July 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I noticed that someone rated this album well and wished the band were still around. THEY ARE!! They have never stopped producing wonderfully evocative music with thoughtful and emotive lyrics for the past 20 years. I have just seen them live again (in Germany) and Marian Gold's voice is just as clear, pure and emotional as it is on this wonderful second album!
This 'Aquarian opera' (as it is known in Alphaville circles) is full of dreamscapes and fantasy, emotion and playfulness. That the album, if played on the loop, comes full circle with the end of the final song being the beginning of the whole album is typical Alphaville art and fun - it gives the album a kind of 'concept album' feel. Indeed, the songs on the album are related and many names and themes pop up from time to time.
Beautiful, floating melodies such as the synthy 'Fantastic Dream' and the title track mingle with the anthemic (Jerusalem), the more dancey (Dance With Me; Sensations), the melancholic and beautiful (Carol Masters) and the truly artful (I.A.O.). All the songs have wonderful melodies that make it easy to sing along to and once you hear this album, you'll want to listen to it forever more. Each song could easily have been a single release!
This is Alphaville doing what they do best - producing catchy tunes with thoughtful, sometimes controversial lyrics, combined with the masterful mixing-ear of Bernhard Lloyd and the perfect and rich voice of Marian Gold (the greatest voice in the world in my opinion, and that of many more people I know!).
Get this album and then explore other albums by Alphaville, including their new 2003 album 'Crazy Show'. Alphaville is one of the most consistant producers of perfect music, and the most sorely underrated, especially in the UK. And if you get to see them live, do! I highly recommend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Steinberg on May 13, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Forever Young was a tough act to follow, but the boys from Munster deliver and then some with "Afternoons." The album combines powerful melody, synthesizer mastery, classical influence, and SOUL -- a combination that blows away all other synth bands, and, for that matter, all other bands. Few albums contain such diversity of styles, yet remain whole throughout.
Run don't walk to purchase what you too will become convinced is the best album ever recorded.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 5, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Alphaville is very much a European band for those who appreciate the Euro- techno style. Having penned the classic "Forever Young,(a mainstay at 80's highschool reunions) this album is for the classically inclined. One not need to listen for more than a few minutes through this CD to find Beethoven all over it. Marion Gold calls it a "space opera", so opera is how it should be heard. Each song bleeds into the next with wonderful relation to the following track. This is an album for those who enjoy studying music; the top 40 conoseur will find it boring and drab. If you want a musical challenge, give this album a chance. It certainly goes down as one of my favorite "desert island discs".By far the greatest recording Alphaville ever recorded!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SRFireside TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 1, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Alphaville was one of my favorites back in the latter half of the 80's. Their first album, Forever Young, had music that was simple yet sophisticated all at once. It was the kind of sound that could have carried them for a couple albums. However when their second album came about there was a definite shift in the wind for their songcraft. To this day I am hard pressed to find a synth-pop album with such deliberate style and intricacies to the music. Alphaville peaked on this album, and even those the music they made afterwards is still a joy to listen to Afternoons in Utopia continues to be their best overall project. What makes it the best?

It's a great concept album. While the songs don't combine to tell a story like some conventional concept albums it does carry a theme throughout. It plays with ideas of a far future that realizes peace. Lyrics are peppered with references to outer space both on the songs and on the liner notes (S.M.I2.L.E) comes up a lot, which means Space Migration, Increased Intelligence, Life Extension). There is also some deliberate religious overtones on a number of songs. Although not all songs are directly related you can find a connection from each of them.

The music variety is unequaled. Afternoons in Utopia covers songs styles ranging in aggressive electronic dance-pop, contemporary, classical (waltz even), progressive or artistic and other styles I have a hard time categorizing. Although Alphavilles synth roots are evident in all the tracks there is no denying the music goes much farther than what they did with Forever Young. It is rare to find a band willing to stretch out to so many varying styles in a single album. And it works.

The composition of each song is complex.
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