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When I saw that this had largely average and negative reviews, I thought I had better readdress the balance! The debut album from Swedish band, Ace Of Base, it was likely the group's finest moment with them resorting to a more middle-of-the-road folky sound in later albums.
This is European Techno at what is probably its best. I know that sounds like a bit of a contradiction in terms but this album is simply sublime! It's not just big hits like All That She Wants, Wheel mOf Fortune (a personal favourite) and The Sign, which were their biggest selling singles, that make this album so great but altenative tracks such as Voulez-Vous Danser and Waiting For Magic ~ both of which have a unique electro sound and feel that establishes them as among the stronger songs available here!
It's not all perfect though! Fashion Party is almost embarassingly cringe-worthy and My Mind is only mildly better! Thankfully these are aberrations and not the norm; the rest of the album being of a much higher quality!
Don't Turn Around is a great cover of an old Aswad tune given a much more modern and funky interpretation and is only surpassed in excellance by the songs Young And Proud and Hear Me Calling which are equally upbeat and pumping.
It is true that this album has aged a little now and time has taken its toll on the Ace Of Base debut that wasfirst released way back in 1993! Still this is still good fun to listen to even if it is only for nostalgic purposes!
I was surprised to see another review giving this just one satr, it is perhaps not their strongest album but I feel it warrants more than a one star grade. Here is why.
Who Are They:
This was the debut release for Swedish foursome Ace Of Base. Jonas, Linn, Jenny and Ulf make up the group. Jenny and Linn sing and the two blokes write the music, a bit like Abba.
On This Album:
The number one single 'All That She Wants' is the best track but there are some hidden delights. I always rated 'Wheel Of Fortune' which is an upbeat catchy number with a sad little chorus to it. 'Living In Danger' is quite stirring too, with some harsh lyrics and meaningful content.
'Happy Nation' is downbeat and plodding, despite the title! It was released twice as a single and both times was a flop, maybe that says something!
Artwork: Some glamorous band shots should keep you amused
Price: Can generally be picked up on a budget, about a fiver
Overall: Copy or borrow don't buy this one
Tidying the cd cupboard up I found this hiding at the back so I thought I'd give it a listen because sometimes these unplayed ones are better than you remember ...... but sometimes they're not; this is definately as dull as I remembered. The musical style is dancy europop with an occaisional nod to dub such as the single "all that she wants". This single is the highlight of the album as it's different rythmn at least kept me awake. The other songs all seem to blend into one another with no attempt at a tune and little attempt at rythmn changes all played on tinny synthesers with crap electronic drumbeats. The 2 girl vocalists have ok voices but the 2 male members (named Joker & Buddha - need I say more) persist in shouting in the background in strong swedish accents which eventually gets really annoying. Apologies but I can't find anything nice to say about this cd so I'll sign off now before I burst a blood vessel
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 All That She Wants
2 Don't Turn Around
3 Young And Proud
4 The Sign
5 Living In Danger
6 Voulez-Vous Danser
7 Happy Nation
8 Hear Me Calling
9 Waiting For Magic
10 Fashion Party
11 Wheel Of Fortune
12 Dancer In A Daydream
13 My Mind
14 All That She Wants
15 Happy Nation