Tuesday, July 14, 2009

a-ha - Foot of the Mountain (Album Review)

In 1985, Norwegian synthpop group a-ha released their first single, “Take On Me”, which topped nearly every national music chart in the world and went on to become one of the most recognisable songs of the 80s. Through the late 80s and into the 90s they followed the trend towards a more alternative rock sound, but now on their 9th album, they have returned to their synthpop origin with Foot of the Mountain.

The album overall is relaxed and soothing, as synthpop should be. It takes on a beautiful ambiance that flows from the first track through to the last. The Verve's last album Forth is hardly a close genre comparison, but the alluring mood of the music and the smooth, graceful vocals are the same.

The most radio-friendly and standout tracks on the album are “Riding the Crest”, which picks up the pace for a moment, and “Foot of the Mountain”, the gorgeous title track. The rest of the album glides by unpretentiously but unbroken in its symmetry.

I would mention my other favourite tracks, but they seem to change with every listen of the album. Listen to it with intention, if you feel so inclined, or put it on in the background and let it play all day. This 44-minute album is truly worth many hours of your time.

Foot of the Mountain is out now in their home country of Norway and releases worldwide July 27.



a-ha - Foot of the Mountain
Download MP3 (zshare) (YSI) or watch the video below

“Foot of the Mountain” is also downloadable directly from Universal Music Norway.

a-ha - Foot of the Mountain

CD: Recordstore | CD Universe | Amazon US | Amazon UK
Digital: Amazon MP3 US | Amazon MP3 UK | iTunes

a-ha are scheduled to tour Europe this fall.


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