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The Sign

Ace Of BaseAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (November 23, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000002VNS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,729 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. All That She Wants
2. Don't Turn Around
3. Young And Proud
4. The Sign
5. Living In Danger
6. Dancer In A Daydream
7. Wheel Of Fortune
8. Waiting For Magic (Total Remix 7')
9. Happy Nation
10. Voulez-Vous Danser
11. My Mind (Mindless Mix)
12. All That She Wants (Banghra Version)

Editorial Reviews

TRACKS: 1. All That She Wants 2. Don't Turn Around 3. Young and Proud 4. The Sign 5. Living in Danger 6. Dancer in a Daydream 7. Wheel of Fortune 8. Waiting for Magic [Total Remix 7"] 9. Happy Nation 10. Voulez-Vous Danser 11. My Mind [Mindless Mix] 12. All That She Wants [Banghra Version] :)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A debut with power! November 7, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Ace of Base's debut effort, The Sign, is probably the best of the nineties. Aside from selling 21 million copies around the globe, and from being the #1 album of 1994, it is truly creative. From the opening track "All That She Wants" that includes the feel of Jamaican beaches and features their signature reggae-pop beats, it is a non-stop tour of Euro-dance and reggae-pop! "Don't Turn Around" is a powerful lost-love song that echoes with Linn's dramatic vocals and Jenny's heartbreaking back-ups. "Wheel of Fortune", "Living In Danger", "Dancer in a Daydream", "Happy Nation"- these are the album's best tracks. The Bangrha version of "ATSW" could have done better off of the CD, maybe replaced with one of their European tracks, like "Hear Me Calling", and the 7" Remix of "Waiting for Magic" totally kills the original version of the song that is on the European album (The original version of "WFM" is very good). The standout song is the title track, "The Sign", which is a fun, poppy song that, aside from being their biggest hit, is a meaningful track that brings life to to the whole record. This is the best album of the decade, so GET IT!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure Pop July 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Looking back to the now distant beginning of the 1990s, I remember listening to this CD constantly. I remember listening to it on the radio constantly. I remember liking it. However, it is now in limbo between current music and becoming "classic". It is dated, already, and has yet to withstand the test of time. So rating this CD fairly is difficult.
When Ace of Base debuted, they were hailed as the 1990s version of Abba. Just like many other groups that have been hailed as successors to a previous group (remember Oasis being hailed as the successors to the Beatles?), Ace of Base fizzled fast, leaving the memory of this monster-selling debut CD.
What was so catchy when this came out? Well, the beat, of course. The lyrics were basically easy to remember and sing to, and the tunes were easy on the ears. Truthfully, they did sound in many ways like a techno version of Abba.
Really then, how is the music? Well, dated. It really is Abba turned techno pop. While the music sounds different when you first listen to it, after a while it is so repetitive that it can become annoying. Their style changes very little from song to song, that after a while you start to realize that you are hearing a variation on a style, and not a style that encompasses a lot of breadth. I guess you could say that this is a group that has a lot of depth and not too much breadth.
I originally thought about giving this CD 3 stars, and decided that was unfair, because their music is technically well done, and it was original at the time they came out. Furthermore, it is still relatively unique. However, their music doesn't explore its bounds, it just stays boxed up in a small area.
Even though I give this CD 4 stars, I stop short of recommending it as a "must have".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unstoppable pop produced perfection! May 10, 2006
By FizzWiz
Format:Audio CD
An album full of fun songs with beautiful ladies' voices, Linn and Jenny. Some people may try to compare them to acts such as Britney Spears and N'Sync, but what separates Ace of Base is the way their sound is crafted, the outstanding voice of Linn and Jenny, and when the videos play, they always include producers Ulf and Buddha too. By including the two main producers, it makes the group appear more sophisticated and not fake. This appearance turns out to be purely real, and a great move on the group's part. Of course, they are compared to Abba because of their sound and because Abba also had two female singers and two producers from Sweden.

The following mentions releases based on releases done in the U.S. All That She Wants, a jazzy techno pop song that you either really like or really hate. A well crafted song nonetheless, and a bit different than you might be used to hearing. A superb first release. Don't Turn Around, 3rd release from them, partly remade from another song, I was not crazy about, but a lot of other people liked it a lot. What people liked about this 3rd release the most was that it was poppy enough for them to listen to, and not too techno like. Young and Proud, a big fave of mine, was probably good enough to be a release. A great techno anthem for young confident people. The Sign is composed of strange lyrics, but with a bright sound that many people love. Some say it was copied over from the All That She Wants formula and just mixed up. Well, if so, it was mixed really well. It sounds too different to really be considered a copy of their 1st release All That She Wants. Living in Danger, a 4th relatively unknown release, had a really crappy video just put together that didn't make any sense at all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still danceable, after all these years- December 15, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Hold on, I know, this is the epitome of cheese-pop, right? Well, maybe, but don't scoff! You're not reading this review on accident- you're here because you're trying to work up the courage to buy an album you may be a bit embarrassed to buy in public. Where someone might see you. And snicker.

Don't worry- you're anonymous here. Heck, pick up some ABBA and Neil Diamond while you're at it - you know you want you.

What makes this album so good? It is infectiously poppy and danceable- you cannot listen to The Sign without wanting to boogy down- perhaps in the secrecy of your own home, with the shades drawn, but boogy you will! You will sing from the top of your lungs All That She Wants- you'll remember all the words, or at least pretend you do, from your first re-listen on. It'll be like 1994 all over again!

This album is catchy, quirky, and better than you remember it- and, if you leave it out when friends come over, you'll soon discover you aren't the only one who had been missing it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good, good
Another great 1990's flashback! If you do like the nineties, you will do well to get this cool, retro cd.
Published 1 month ago by Uncle Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars the sign?
I got this cassette tape when I was 10. I listened to it day and night. I'm pretty sure the US version of the album was titled The Sign and I never heard Fashion Party before I... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Johnny C
4.0 out of 5 stars works fine
a little dirty but wiped her down and running just fine. would buy used again as long as it works.
Published 3 months ago by carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Remains a classic 20 years on
There was something special about the year 1993. It just happened to be the year that I graduated high school for one, but just talking electronic dance pop music, something good... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tom P. the Underground Navigator
5.0 out of 5 stars AoBers Understand
Seriously, I only bought this to replace the cassette tape I'd had since back in the day. HOWEVER, you can see my point that I needed to replace it ... love AoB. Read more
Published 6 months ago by T. S. Herfkens
5.0 out of 5 stars 90's Rock!
I'm 29 and I wish I was a little older to enjoy the 90's more. Awesome era, Awesome band, Awesome music! You want 90's? - Ace of Base is for you and a Must! Love it! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mason Fabian
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sound to Get You Moving
I give this "album" a 95... and it's easy t dance to :-) Some people may think that statement sounds familiar, but only to the baby boomers. As stated in my title... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Elizabeth A Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
When you just want to listen to some catchy, lighthearted tunes, this is the CD I would recommend. A lot of fun.
Published 9 months ago by H. Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars almost perfect
the only thing i would complain about is the cd case. it is broken at the spine. as soon as i opened it, it was just would not close any more. Read more
Published 10 months ago by denise zarate
5.0 out of 5 stars good quality
it was easy to find the cd on the web site. the cd was in good condition with no scratches.
Published 12 months ago by Tammy Anderson
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