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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".Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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there awsome i like singing to them my mom likes them what can i say they are the hottest band outthere and will even listen to them todayPublished 8 days ago by O. Arias
SUPER !!!!!! It is well written, that it is audible directly not a digital era of 2000.Published 9 months ago by Kirillin Aleks
The perfect party Electronic& Dance CD, This is all one artist and this album of theirs is an absolute masterpiece! Read morePublished 10 months ago by world-of-rock music reviewer
Just what I was looking for. I remember when my brother had the cassette of the same name.Published 10 months ago by Lisa Anderson