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The Golden Ratio

January 31, 2011

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 31, 2011
  • Label: Playground Music
  • Copyright: 2010 Playground Music Scandinavia AB
  • Total Length: 47:08
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  • ASIN: B005073BJ0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,534 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Hope to hear more things from them in the future !
Benjamin P. Brown
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.
XXXavier
Although this is a great song, somehow it doesnt seem to fit in this album.
George

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful 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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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By leadb75 on January 12, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I want to begin this review by stating that I have been a huge AoB fan since I first heard "All That She Wants" during the fall of my freshman year of college. I've eagerly bought every album and single I could get my hands on since. I stuck by them during their U.S. hey-day, and have endured mocking and criticism for still being an avid fan for the past 15 years since they lost popularity here. Despite my sadness over the departure of Linn over the years, I eagerly anticipated the news of a new album. When the initial news came that Jenny was leaving the band, I was very heartbroken, as she has been the heart of this group to me for the past two releases. However, upon hearing "All for You" I thought I would give the new version of AoB a chance. Upon receiving the CD for Christmas, I quickly realized that this is not a true Ace of Base CD. It is their product in name alone, and it cannot hold a candle to the magic the group created on its original releases. By the time I reached "Blah, Blah, Blah on the Radio" during my initial spin of this disc, that is exactly how I felt, and I was ready to cry out to the band to "give me some music I can listen to."

This album is just weak. While I have never really considered Ace of Base to be exceptionally deep in the song writing department, many of these songs just don't seem to flow or make sense lyrically. I applaud them for their ability to write in English at all, but many of these songs remind me of writing projects I wrote in third year Spanish class. They throw in a big word here or there to make the songs seem more interesting or intelligent, but it doesn't accomplish either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J.W. Hannahan on March 1, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By XXXavier on February 8, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike James on August 28, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Lennington on July 5, 2011
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I was joking with some coworkers on how AOB should release a new album and then on my birthday, I just happened to see this became available. Pretty strange coincidence, eh? Anyway, this CD is great and thankfully hasn't been Americanized like the travesty known as "Cruel Summer." The songs are sweet and quite catchy and my only gripe is the lesser songs seem kind of like filler, but there aren't any true stinkers.

Although my favorite AOB album is still "The Bridge", I'd say this is the fourth best behind "The Bridge," "The Sign" and "Flowers." It's more enjoyable than De Capo, though.
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