NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - A-HA "STAY ON THESE ROADS"
"Stay On These Roads" contained 5 singles, the fabulous emotive title track reached number 5 in the UK chart and its Everly Brothers, early 60s feel was just brilliant, also reaching the same position was one of the great Bond themes in my opinion, "The Living Daylights". Bond collaborator John Barry released his version as the single but A-ha reworked it for this album and by all accounts preferred their version to his! The summery and bright and playful "Touchy" and "You Are The One" could have appeared on both previous albums as the composition is similar, both reached top 20 positions. The worst performer on the chart reaching a peak of 25 was "The Blood That Moves The Body". This is one of my favourite A-ha songs and has a mysterious feel similar to "The Living Daylights" with a catchy chorus and orchestrated backing.
"Hurry Home" is so unusual, it has a faint hi-nrg beat, almost disco-like but also has funky beats and classic late 80s soft Pop Rock guitars with a singalong chorus. Experimental but it works!
"There's Never A Forever Thing" is just a beautiful song, it lilts along with a minimal piano and drumbeat acoustic sound and Morten sings softly and quiet sometimes reaching that famous hgh pitched vocals to give the desired full emotional effect. A gem of a song.
"Out Of Blue Comes Green" is A-ha being soulful, a six minute epic track which reminds me of "Hunting High And Low" with its low and high vocals, complete with minor searing guitar and minimal keyboards, this is quite an awesome track.
"You'll End Up Crying" ends the album and is a kind of Latin sounding track, synchronised singing chorus and verses with trumpets and reminds me of Cowboys in Mexico for some reason!