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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 ›
Shift across the world to the region of Scandinavia and enter the one and only Ace of Base. The group emerged from humble beginnings, with lead-off track and signature tune "All That She Wants" becoming a massive hit in 1992 in European dance clubs before the band was ever signed to a major label. It was clear from the group's overnight success that they were just too good to remain merely a cult, underground phenomenon for any longer.
Their debut full-length and the album being reviewed "the Sign" saw its North American release in November of 1993, exactly 20 years ago this month, and that's why I wanted to write this review as a means to commemorate this special occasion.
This CD is a monster success and engaging listen from beginning to end. I just previewed the whole disc as preparation for this review and there is not a single bad song to be found here, with several attaining absolute classic status. "All That She Wants," the group's aforementioned breakthrough single, is as catchy and vibrant as they come and is still a standard on FM radio to this day. "Living in Danger" captivates the listener with its danceable melodies and chorus. My favorite song of them all, though, is track number seven "Wheel of Fortune.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 ›
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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 5 months ago by O. Arias
SUPER !!!!!! It is well written, that it is audible directly not a digital era of 2000.Published 15 months ago by Kirillin Aleks