While the British band ABC will always be associated with the new romantic movement of the 80s, the group's talented songwriting has long been a deliberate throwback to far earlier decades, particularly the classic pop from the likes of George Gershwin and Cole Porter back in the 30s and 40s. The group tried to capture that style with 'The Lexicon of Love', and ABC delivered in every possible way.
This is an absolute delight of an album. Song after song supplies infectious hooks, and frontman Martin Fly does a fantastic job with his impassioned vocals. While not being a concept album about relationships per se, this album certainly does explore the nature of love in terms of twisted modern romance. "The Look of Love (Part I)" and "Poison Arrow" have been the most popular tracks from this release, I suppose, in terms of ongoing cultural memory. Yet there's not a single track worth skipping.
This album isn't just recommended to fans of that slick new romantic sound. It's not just recommended to fans of passionate songs about love. In all honesty, it feels as much like true art as commercial music, and just about everybody on the planet ought to listen.