NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - A-HA "STAY ON THESE ROADS"

THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)

A-HA


"STAY ON THESE ROADS"


A-ha are not a boy band.  I always used to get frustrated at them being labelled as such, because their songwriting and musicianship live proved them to be extremely talented.  Yes Morten Harket and the boys were good looking and appealing to the young girls but it was all about the music which is why they still go on today just like Duran Duran who also were labelled as such.  Boy band is a very broad term nowadays, basically A-ha were a band full of musicians, "boy bands" should be labelled as "singing groups".  Rant over now to the music! After the Pop of the first album and the leanings to more rockier songs on the second, this third album epitomises A-ha and although the the little girls fans waned and the chart placings were falling the band evolved into a tight musical unit.  The live performances were exceptional, and were actually more rockier than the actual album output.

"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.


"This Alone Is Love" is the ultimate Pop ballad, at times reminding me of Pop Rock like The Cars to the electronics of Yazoo.  Morten's vocals are stretched to all levels in this superb track.

"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!


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  1. For me and countless fans worldwide, a-ha are an absolute exception band. Their music takes you into unknown spheres and you can feel a wondrous melancholy, which then can also be involuntarily rocking again. a-ha are always good for surprises - just think of the a-ha app 360 ° Videos playable on cell phones, tablets, pc's as well as 1985 with Take on Me they are among the pioneers with always new ideas. MTV acoustic recorded on Giske Norway, then the Acoustic concerts in 2018, followed by # Electricsummer18 all information on www.a-ha.com

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    1. I agree, glad you liked the article and giving a positive comment :) Feel free to share to fellow A-ha fans :)

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  2. I have never lost interest in this band. I still attend A-ha concerts, my favorite band!! They deserve all lot more credit for there contributions to music

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  3. I absolutely agree. Aha touch your heart and soul with their music, lyrics and Morten's voice like no one else. High quality music and very talented. They have always been a very underrated band, mostly due to their beauty, which made people and music industry look at their handsomeness and let their music aside. But hopefully, they never did so themselves and they kept on making wonderful music; they still do after 32 yeas ! Their last studio album of 2015 Cast in Steel is wonderful (for example)

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