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This is not the album it could have been. After hearing an early preview version I was left excited and enthused about one of the bounciest, catchiest albums I'd heard in a long time, and this turned out to be the original Danish release. The version available in UK shops is not that album, having had three of its tracks replaced and the order of tracks rearranged, and it suffers for it.
Opening with Fantastic Six is a good idea, this song setting out Alphabeat's stall early - bouncy, fun pop with catchy soar-away choruses, and it's a template that serves well through the early tracks. First single Fascination is an utterly joyous pop song that could set coma victims tapping their toes, and is one of two standout tracks on the album. The second is What Is Happening, a belter of a song that starts of slowly with lovely vocal harmonies before erupting into a Lust For Life-style drumbeat that lifts the track even higher. Between those two songs is 10,000 Nights Of Thunder which, with its slightly twee lyrics, is a lightweight but ultimately fun track, and Boyfriend.
Boyfriend is the first track that suffers from its new incarnation, re-recorded with cheesy synths that transforms it from a neat indie pop song into a Stock Aiken and Waterman-style kiddy-pop number. The bridge section in the original leant the song a dark touch that emphasised the (admittedly slight) underlying menace to the lyrics; we're left with the Playschool version.
Go Go, one of the new tracks, is a passable slice of 70's disco-funk which is jolly enough but copies its influences rather than absorbing them. Touch Me Touching You, another of the new tracks, is very disappointing, though, directionless and cheesy. It's thudding 80's style synths and shouted chorus recall New Order, but this is a poor-man's copy.
The third new track is a cover of the Public Image Ltd track Public Image which reignites the album somewhat, replacing the jangly guitars of the original with whistles and swapping John Lydon's vocals for something that more resembles actual singing. It's an excellent cover, packed with enthusiasm.
That leaves the album's closer, Nothing But My Baby, and the song preceding Public Image, an odd little song called Rubber Boots which appears to be an ode to the usefulness of waterproof clothing in the form of an 80's synth ballad. Although a brave attempt to change the pace, it drags over its five minute length and you'll probably be glad to see the back of it. Placing it after two new, not-particularly-great songs leads to a chunk of the album that doesn't seem to fit with the rest, feeling out of place and obtrusive. It's worth noting that on the original version of the album it was track 5, preceded by What Is Happening and followed by Boyfriend, which seemed liked a more natural place for it.
Meanwhile album closer Nothing But My Baby is a heavy stomper with a country flavour. It's a good song but seems like an odd choice to end on, leaving the album feeling like it's missing a track.
I suspect that This Is Alphabeat could never have sustained its early energy over the length of an entire album, and it was probably wise not to try. What I don't understand is why two superior songs (Hours and Ocean Blue) have been replaced by inferior tracks (although I'd happily swap Public Image for the original album's Into The Jungle), or why the album's order has been altered to its detriment. Thankfully the early tracks are good enough to mostly make up for these weird decisions, but my lasting impression of This Is Alphabeat is of an opportunity missed.
I find this album very bizzare, I am not too sure if i like it or i hate it. There are some fantastic songs on the album, such as "boyfriend" and "what is happening", and i liked these songs enough to go to a concert to see them (which was awesome by the way, it was very energetic and lively).
There are however some awful songs on the album, such as a song which, for the most part, simply repeats "always wear rubber". While this could be a funny song that i could enjoy, the tempto is too slow, and it seems a bit depressing. I'm not sure what that song was doing there!
I also think that all the decent songs of the album have already been released, althoguh i dont think "whats happening" got too much attention, it deserved more. I would recommend listening to the CD, if just to learn the songs and go to a concert of theirs!
If ever an album was needed to break up the gloom over the past year - this is it. Pop newcomers Alphabeat, already with single of the year in hand (Fascination) produced this glowing ray of sunshine to lighten up our lives.
Meshing together funky basslines with sweet male and female vocal harmonies, This is Alphabeat is an almost relentless wave of 80's style pop with modern production. Following up classic first single Fascination with '10,000 Nights' firmly planted them as mainstays in the british charts. Third single 'What is Happening' drops the pace a little, before bouncing into action midway through.
There are occasional flaws in the record, 'Touch me Touching you' is a little dull (Especially placed between barnstomers Boyfriend and Rubberboots) and Fantastic 6 would have been better placed later in the album, but all in all this is a consistently strong debut from a band that prove that pop music can occasionally be an art.
We needed a new pop ground to invigorate the charts, so the arrival of Alphabeat last year was somewhat of a godsend. Their debut album is a pretty good fun filled music fest from start to finish that will keep fans happy and plese newcomers to their music
Tracks: Pick of the bunch are the singles Fascination, Boyfriend and 10,000 Nights, but the other songs have instant hooky allure too and will make you want to play them more than once in a day. The group share the vocals so you get a decent mix of male and female vocals on all the music.
Variety: They are mainly uptempo songs, but things do get slowed down a tad, check out What Is Happening, which is a little less frantic than Fascination.
Artwork: Fine and fancy and arty, cannot fault the artwork
Production: Cannot argue with this, sounds clean and fresh and hits those speakers really well with bounce
Bad news: They have just been dropped! Argh
Overall: Borrow it, don't buy it
The release of this album is never going to be considered a seminal moment in the history of pop music. Alphabeat bring nothing new to the table, yet I happen to think that for at least half of this album, they do an excellent job of providing the listener with really good catchy pop songs. I must confess that I rarely listen beyond track 7 as things tail off towards the end, and probably never would have gone so far as to buy the album if my younger daughter had not been so taken with them. However when they are good, most notably on the four singles ('Fascination', '10,000 nights', 'Boyfriend' and 'What is happening'), they are at least on a par with what the likes of Steps offered in their heyday. I doubt whether they have more than one more album in them, but I wouldn't be surprised if they manage to repeat their success next time round.
Alphabeat is a fantastic Danish pop band who are currently signed to Copenhagen Records in Denmark. They currently live in the UK though.
Alphabeat took the UK by storm in summer 2008 with they highly addictive song 'Fascination'. This was not their first attempt in the UK though. In late 2007, they released a song called 'Fantastic 6'. This is a great song but never made in in the charts. It is however the first song on their album - a fantastic album!
Following the success of Fascination, the band released their second hit '10,00 NIghts', which again was a massive success. The most recent release from Alphabeat is 'Boyfriend' - again a hit!
As you can probably tell I am indeed a huge fan of Alphabeat. I think they have filled a gap in the market between pop and 80s music.
Their energy can been seen in their live performances, and they are currently touring Europe and will be touring the the Uk in the next month.
This is Alphabeat is the first debut album released by Danish Pop Group Alphabeat in the UK in June 2008. The album itself consists of 10 full length music tracks which gives the CD a total running time of approximately 39 minutes. This particular album in my opinion is slightly different from the usual pop albums which have been released recently because Alphabeat have their own unique style and each and every song on the album is slightly unique and original as well. Like some albums there are a few weak links on this album, but this is to be expected simply because it is Alphabeat's first ever album to be released. Even although there are a few weak links on the album this by no means ruins the listening experience one bit, some of the tracks which I disliked when I first listened to the album have actually grown on me over time the more I have listened to them. To be honest every single track on this album wont wow you and there will be a few which you will instantly skip through, but there are a few which will give you the wow factor and these songs are the ones which you will listen to most often.
When I think of Danish Pop groups I am instantly reminded of the extremely annoying pop groups such as Aqua and the Cartoonies, Even although Alphabeat are a Danish pop group they are by no means as annoying and irritating as Aqua and the Cartoonies; Alphabeat do have their own unique style but it by no means as unique and annoying as Aqua's or even the Cartoonie's. Alphabeat's unique style is simply achieved by a mix of up to date pop lyrics and songs combined by 1980's style melodies which are said to be influenced by the likes of Wham and Deacon Blue's music style, however in 2008 terminology I would say that their music and singing style is fairly similar to that of Mika or even the Scissor Sisters mainly because of the catchy melodies and upbeat songs and choruses.
The first song on the album isn't actually Alphabeat's first ever single to be released, I was half expecting their most recent and well known songs to be at the start of the album and the less popular ones nearing the end, but the album is kind of mixed up and features 2 well known tracks at the beginning which are followed by a string of unknown tracks which are then followed by a well known track again. The way the songs are arranged is slightly annoying as you will be singing along to a few you know and getting into the rhythm and then your landed with a song you have never heard of before. The way the songs is arranged is slightly irritating the first time you listen to the album; however you soon get to know the songs and get used to the ordering of them.
As I said there are a few songs on the album which aren't as good as others, the best songs on the album in my opinion 10,000 Nights, Fascination and Boyfriend which are tracks 3,2, and 4. All of the other songs really don't live up to the extremely catch and upbeat rhythm of these songs and you will find that you most probably will skip two or more of the tracks. Fascination (track 2) was the very first Alphabeat song which I heard, and it was because of the really upbeat nature and catchy lyrics which made me want to go out and buy this album. So its pretty safe to say that I only bought this album on the strength of one track, Fascination was released on the 8th of march 2008 and was the first single to be released from their debut album This is Alphabeat. Fascination wasn't a song which went straight into the UK Singles top 10, it achieved a number 23 slot and then slowly rose to its peak at number six, the top ten position was short lived though and the single started to decline down the charts again.
10,000 Night's Of Thunder (Track 3) isn't as catchy and upbeat as Alphabeat's first debut single Fascination, however 10.000 Nights Of Thunder is still a good track to listen to even although is slightly slower in tempo and has a weaker bass line and melody. I think that 10, 000 Nights Of Thunder is a slightly cheesy track which boasts some silly lyrics; however this by no means that this track is pitiful. I think that the silly lyrics and slight cheesy nature of the song makes it one of those tracks which you love to hate and you find yourself singing away to unawares. I would compare this song greatly to some of the Mika tracks the only exception being that the Mika songs are slightly more upbeat and higher pitched than 10,000 Nights of Thunder. 10,000 Nights Of Thunder was Alphabeat's second debut single to be released on 18th of May 2008 and it reached a peak position of 16 in the UK Singles Chart.
Boyfriend (Track 4) is another catchy song which oozes a lot of the cheese factor as well yet even although it is cheesy it is still another enjoyable song to listen to. Boyfriend in comparison to 10,000 Nights and Fascination is probably less upbeat and catchy and I would say that this is probably the weakest track out of the three best tracks on the album. Boyfriend wasn't a number one hit for Alphabeat either; it was their third debut single release and only reached position 15 in the UK singles chart at its highest when it was released on August 10th 2008. I would say that Boyfriend didn't do as well in the charts because this track isn't as original as Fascination and 10,000 Nights, I would compare Boyfriend to tracks by bands such as Boyzone and Atomic Kitten as they lack a certain something which makes them an instant original hit.
The weakest tracks on the album are Rubber Boot's (Track 5) and Ocean Blue (Track 7), these songs are the weakest tracks because they are over the top cheesy similar to Aqua songs. Rubber Boots is probably the worst song because it seems like the song is never-ending simply because it is the longest track on the CD lasting a whole 6 minutes 14 seconds. The crazy lyrics and Scissor Sister I Don't Feel Like Dancing inspired chorus line totally ruins which could potentially have been a really good song to listen to, this is another track which lacks consistency and originality and one which I'm sure most people will skip past when listening to the album. I would have probably grown to like this track if it wasn't as long-lasting and repetitive.
Even although this album is a cross between 80's style pop combines with a bit of Mika and Scissor Sisters it is still a good album to listen to because some of the songs are quite original. Like with some albums there are a few songs which you will absolutely loathe and skip past and never listen to again; yet the will be that coupe of songs which really stick in your head and give you the feel good factor. I wouldn't say that this album is completely fantastic and I wouldn't go as far as saying it is dire. I would say that it is an average album and would have scored higher with me if there were more upbeat and catchy songs on it and if one song in particular wasn't as long lasting.
If you like 80's music, Mika or Scissor Sisters combined with a slight cheesy factor then I'm sure that this is an album you would like to listen to even although not all the tracks are consistent and fantastic to listen to. At 10 tracks in total with a run time of approximately 39 minutes this is quite a short album with a mix of some upbeat and downbeat Alphabeat tracks. This album can be bought from a number of retail outlets as well as some online retailers as well although the price you pay may well vary depending on where you decide to purchase from. I would recommend trying Amazon or EBay and trying to get a cheap second hand copy of This Is Alphabeat in case you totally hate the songs on the Album Amazon have second hand copies for £4.80 and brand new copies for sale from £5.98 with Woolworths also selling copies for £6.97.
1 ~ Fantastic Six
2 ~ Fascination
3 ~ 10,000 Nights
4 ~ Boyfriend
5 ~ What Is Happening
6 ~ Go-Go
7 ~ Touch Me Touching You
8 ~ Rubber Boots
9 ~ Public Image
10 ~ Nothing But My Baby
I first heard Alphabeat going back to around March this year when they released their single Fascination, in which I thought was quite a catchy tune, I found myself singing it all the time and started to begin to quite like it. I think it helped a little with my local having it played on the juke box all the time and it is one of those songs that actually stick in your head.
Alphabeat are from Denmark, one of a couple of bands that we have seen in the charts from that part of Europe within the last six to 12 months, and since hearing the album I have got to say that they all follow in the same footsteps and produce musci in which I now think is rubbish to say the least. The band to come out of that area year ago has got to be the like of Roxette who did make it big in the UK, and still have a huge following now.
The Alphabeat album is one of the worst albums that I have ever wasted my money on. The music is cheap and nasty and the best song on their is the one that they have released and I feel that I have persuaded into liking that because of the amount of times that I have actually heard it.
The lyrics on the album are typical of what you would expect of a Danish band entering the UK market. They want to make music that will appeal to us Brits however the lyrics are too babyish and don't really make sense. This may appeal to the younger generation, teenagers still at school, but for anyone older than this, this isn't worth buying at all. In fact if anyone fancies listening to this album, I would be happy to give it away to make room for something else in my CD collection.
When I first heard the single 'Fascination' I thought it sounded a bit weird and I didn't change my mind when I saw the video and the two singers. They looked like something from the 80s! But then the song grew on me until I couldn't hear it enough. Their second single, 1000 nights was even better so I decided to purchase their album.
If you loved the two singles that have already been released then you will love the rest of the album. Every song is another funky, fresh tune that you will get stuck in your head. I love this group as there is nobody else out there like them at the moment. I do get fed up of the same indie bands and girl/boy bands that it's always refreshing to hear something a bit different. They are a bit like the Scissor sisters in that way although not quite as camp.
Alphabeat - This is alphabeat!
Wow what a fun funky album - If you love ultimate cheesy songs then this is the album for you. I personally love their music and think its so different and something we have not seen in music for a long time. Alphabeat are so different to the popular music at the moment i.e. Rihanna, and bands like Scouting for Girls.
The album itself comes in a cd case which displays lots of different letters, within these letters is the bands name and album name. Good design actually.
The album is quite short and only has 10 songs.
These are dispayed below:
1. Fantastic 6
3. 10,000 Nights
5. What Is Happening
6. Go Go
7. Touch Me Touching You
9. Public Image
10. Nothing But My Baby
Two of these songs have been released , Facination and 10,000 nights - both are ulitmate cheese!!! (but I love it)
Overall a really fun album, great for playing before you go out.
This album is not going to win any awards for being 'fantastic singers' but the album itself is fun and funky.
This album costs around 7 pounds in most music stores.
Alphabeat burst onto the music scene earlier this year with their smash hit single 'Fascination', their second single '10,000 nights' has not had the same success.
Alphabeat are a 6 piece Danish band fronted by Anders (the male) and Stine (the girl). A strange piece of information about the band, half of their members are called Anders, must get pretty confusing.
"10.000 Nights of Thunder"
"What Is Happening"
"Touch Me Touching You"
"Public Image LTD."
"Nothing But My Baby"
This album is a strange sort of sound that you don't hear very often in the UK. It's very bouncy.
Fascination is the best song on this album, which is a shame, as the band are liable to only do well with the one song.
10,000 Nights of Thunder makes absolutely no sense, when you listen to the lyrics it is a simple pool of statements which are totally unrelated. The melody is catchy enough, but the song doesn't quite seem to have any message or idea behind it, perhaps a problem in translation? Who knows. Radio 1 ran a phone-in when the song was first released asking people if any of them could offer some explanation of the strange lyrics, it was basically a half hour mocking session of the song.
Boyfriend seems to be a mix up of other songs, mainly Ashlee Simpson's song Boyfriend, and Booty Love's cover of Don't Mess With My Man saying things like
Don't you touch my boyfriend
He's not your boyfriend
It's cheesy and awful, probably the worst song on the album, although realistically, any of the songs on here could be strong contenders for that title.
Public Image is very different to all of their other songs, it's basically entirely male vocals and the backing is heavy, if it wasn't for the infuriating cheery whistling that goes on throughout, this song would have actually been of a completely different genre to the rest of the album.
Go-Go is rather cheesy 70s disco, a bit Jackson 5 only more high pitched and synthesised. I'm not sure of it's place in the current market, but we'll see.
It's like a time capsule, all the musical influences are from people and bands who aren't really on the music scene anymore, or at least aren't anywhere near as successful. The album is bit like that of Men, Women & Children, messy and too much.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Fantastic 6
3 10,000 Nights
5 What Is Happening
6 Go Go
7 Touch Me Touching You
9 Public Image
10 Nothing But My Baby