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The Golden Ratio Import

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2010 album from the Swedish Dance/Pop quartet featuring the band's new line up (only Jonas and Ulf remain from the band's heyday). Features the single 'All for You'.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Import
  • ASIN: B00405DDBO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,745 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Mike B. on October 11, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Now, I did not order the CD here due to its outrageous price. I have however given it a listen (who am I kidding... a few hundred listens!) and all I can say is wow! I am very impressed. I was prepared to be let down and felt sick to my stomach when I learned jenny and linn were not a part of this but after giving it a chance I can honestly say it is one of the best albums the band has offered. The sound is dated but isn't that what is great about listening to AoB today?
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This record is certainly on par with the previous Ace of Base albums. Those who are calling it weak would be singing a different tune if Jenny and Linn were still in the band. Each song is exceptional and sounds unique in it's own way, however I will say that it maybe leads the album to feel a bit disjointed at times. It's an eclectic mix of sounds though. For the most part, it's very Ace of Base sounding, and it IS still Ace of Base- Ulf and Jonas were just as much part of Ace of Base as the girls. People who insult them by calling them pimps need to show them the respect they deserve as artists/musicians and professionals. They are hardly the first band members to carry on a name after some members departure. Clara and Julias voices are distinct and in my opinion that is a good thing. Jenny and Linns voices were of course beautiful, but were very similar sounding. Clara and Julia bring a new aura to Ace of Base and it should be welcomed. Linn is over Ace of Base and Jenny is making her own lovely music.

As for the individual songs on 'The Golden Ratio', the standout is 'black sea' which sounds like something that could have been off their debut album. It has that disco-tech, electronic dance pop thing going on ala 'dancer in a daydream', 'waiting for magic' etc.. A pulsating beat and clara's emotive vocals make it extremely successful and not only my favorite on the disc, but one of my favorite ace of base songs ever. Other songs that sound like their earlier dance pop songs are 'vision in blue' and 'all 4 u' which are both equally strong, epic songs. 'Vision in Blue' borders on trance and features Julia's voice beautifully around the 3/4 mark. 'Doreen' sounds like 'Tokyo Girl' but is more pop sounding, and yet, like 'tokyo girl' has poetic, meaningful lyrics.
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I usually can't listen to every single song on a single album and completely enjoy it. I can with this one. Before I bought it I had only heard the tremendous "All for You" single, and then discovered I really enjoyed every song! Great up to date electronic/dance sound from Ace. Many miss the original Berggren sisters doing most of the vocals (as do I), but the new lovely ladies are brilliant as well and I wouldn't change anything about this album. Awesome stuff and I CAN'T stop listening to it!
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I've been an AoB fan since middle school in the 1990s with their first album release, The Sign (stateside). I've always looked forward to new material from the group, and I must say: although the new girls handling the vocals for the new album are different from those I'm used to from the past several releases (I'll always have a place in my heart for Linn's and Jenny's vocals), I've grown to really love the new stuff. I absolutely love the CD's title song, The Golden Ratio, with my second favorite being Mr. Replay. The vocals are different, but the style and flavor is true AoB. I like the fact that the guys got more active with their own vocals in this CD; it's part of the reason I love Mr. Replay as much as I do. The lyrics are simplistic, but they're catchy and refreshing, unlike all the lurid garbage that's floating out there these days. I'm almost ashamed to call most of what's out there in the mainstream these days 'music'.

Back to the point-if you're a true AoB fan, and don't mind a different flavor with the vocals (all the backing is uniquely AoB), then The Golden Ratio is worth looking into.

added note: If AoB ever decided to play a venue in the states, I'd so be there. Keep up with the music, and peace!
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This album was consistent with the style and quality of their previous albums. And, the new female singers were just fine.
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After 20 years ace of base stills making great music, this is the return from the band and it is a good álbum keeping the style from the band, the voices of "linn" & "jenny" still missing but the new 2 members get a new sound in the band, the cd was not released in América as with "da capo" so we can only wait to have an american version
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By Ron H on November 13, 2010
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Well worth the price, The Golden Ratio is Ace of Base's fifth studio album. Founded in 1990 and active ever since then, the band has recently undergone a line-up change, with Stockholm singers Clara Hagman and Julia Williamson replacing long-time singer Jenny Berggren (sister Linn Berggren officially departed in 2007 after years of declining participation in the band).

With the line-up changed, the vocals on the album take some getting used to, but the music has, for the most part remained the same. Among the better tracks are "Juliet", "The Golden Ratio", "Vision in Blue", "Black Sea", "Precious", and "All For You", which served as the lead single for the album.
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