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Hunting High And Low

a-ha

1985

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Hunting High And Low

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3.08

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Like then she comes back and like gets the drawing out the bin but he might be alive and everyone is looking and like she runs away and he comes back and ...it don’t make much sense now I think about it.

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Probably better off in 1001 Singles You Must Hear Before You Die. Hunting High and Low sounds pretty much exactly like the made-for-radio synth pop I expected it to be, with some tracks (And You Tell Me especially) coming off as borderline parody. It's all fine and listenable—aforementioned track notwithstanding—but feels hollow for the most part. There's glimpses where it seems like the band may be aware of that, but I doubt they were thinking about more than the charts. Key Tracks: Take On Me, The Blue Sky, The Sun Always Shines On T.V.

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“Hunting High and Low” by a-ha (1985) After scanning the lyrics and listening to the first two disco/techno/pop tracks, I was prepared to skewer this album. But I have to confess that my appreciation increased as I listened—so much so that I had to erase my initial impressions and start over. Now I have a nice addition to my road trip playlist. Lyrics, melodies and chord structures are mostly supplied by songwriter and guitarist Pål Waaktaar. He shows ample creativity in tonal structures and melodies, yielding more than a few pleasantly head-scratching moments. (Yes, head scratching should be pleasant for a serious listener!) Disappointment over the lyrics can be set aside, since poetry and song in the English language is not to be expected of a Norwegian band. However, it should be said that lyrical non sequiturs are illogical in any language. I would like to hear this re-done in Norwegian. Guitar is not much on display on this album, which is baffling, given guitarist Waaktaar’s centrality in the creative process. Mood-appropriate vocal harmonies are compositional highlights. And there’s the nice oboe solo work by Claire Jarvis on the very cool “Living a Boy’s Adventure Tale”. Snappy programmed ‘drumming’ with EQ pleasantly cranked up on the treble end, but it lacks dynamic variation (and thus passion) in the emotional peaks. Where’s Phil Collins when you need him? Programmed bass likewise lacks life, but there’s plenty of danceable rhythm here, if you can keep up. Cascading, shimmering electronic backgrounds and counter melodies add needed color. It’s all well recorded and mixed, although I’m listening to a 2015 remaster of a 30 year old original, so there might be some cheating going on. Vocals by Morten Harket are remarkable. His more than adequate range has a curious timbre at the lower end of his range, making his tenor voice sound deceptively baritone, to nice effect. At the same time, he is quite weak (and flat) on the higher end of his natural range, but he has a strong, almost piercing falsetto. The chorus of the opening track “Take on Me” demonstrates all this. Fascinating. The title track “Hunting High and Low” has a nice jazz chord progression (seasoned with major seventh chords), and an entrancing melody, but it tends to wander aimlessly. The beautiful acoustic intro reveals Waaktaar’s guitar-based compositional approach, but after the intro, it almost drops out entirely (at least in the mix). It’s arrestingly odd. My favorite tracks (3, 5, 7, 10) are the ones that are definitely not ‘dance tunes’, nicely distributed to provide animation to the record’s construction. The closing track “Here I Stand and Face the Rain” is potentially powerful, but the first four lines of the second verse need to be replaced. My assessment went from “1” to “4” in 45 minutes. I don’t think that’s ever happened before. I hope this album is within your budget. 4/5

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Was always going downhill after Take On Me. Insert some sort of metaphor about Michael Owen's football career and/or Alan Partridge.

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Polly put the kettle on. Polly put the kettle on. Polly put the kettle on, we'll all take E. Fuck me what a tea party that was. I was off my barnet. I ended up shagging Keira Knightley round the back of a broken ferris wheel. Her skinny elbows kept prodding me right in my sweet spot. Complete filth that lass. You wouldn't know it from her prim and proper characters on screen, but get her within a whiff of an abandoned fairground and she's as rough as arseholes.

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One star for one hit

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Ok, it's not my style, and it feels weird to rank it together with yesterday's Motorhead, but I gotta give it a 5

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5

An 80's hit maker. The opening track is iconic. This is the PEAK of synthpop goodness. It's bouncy, layered, fun, anthemic, and funky. All round awesome album.

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5

Obviously I loved this album.

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hermoso

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Looooove!!!

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5

Classic a HA

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Потрясающий голос, классные аранжировки. Буду ли я это переслушивать? УЖЕ ПЕРЕСЛУШИВАЮ

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So many memories!

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If anyone asks what the 80s sound like, I'd give them this album. Have had a lot of albums from the 80s and everytime I just expected it to be as good as this one, but they never really make it. And it always makes me think of my mom :)) 5

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Is great

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5

Listened Before? N How is it possible that I have never listened to this whole album before now? I have no clue. Take on Me is one of my all time favorite songs, but I never went beyond that. This is a synth-pop classic! Most songs are good or great, and there are a few real gems! Added to Library? Y Songs Added to Playlist - Take on Me, The Sun Always Shines on T.V.

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Dad loves this album lol. This is super synthy and sounds pretty modern compared to stuff like DARE or Pet Shop Boys. I definitely see a ton of parallels with this and some stuff that’s come out in the last decade. The vocals are interesting. Some Chris Isaac-y vocals here and there, some really nice harmonies on a couple tunes

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4

not bad

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4

Good 80s pop with a mystery sound

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4

What a fun album-- love it.

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4

Really fun listening to other songs by aha other than take on me. They are really good and im surprised i've never heard the other songs on this album

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Lekker eighties album met vrolijke vibe. En natuurlijk de klassieker take on me

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4

i'm pretty forgiving when it comes to ham and cheese. tho i also believe it's a legit good album.

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Take on Me. Aww ye. Everything else is the kinda weird but kinda cool 80’s vibe

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I liked this one quite a bit, especially the opening track, "Take on Me". Very 80s.

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Good 80s album, but on their own, only the title track stands out from the rest of the songs

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Take on Me is the GOAT of the album, and for it being a "pop" album it doesn't stick to a general formula, props on that

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A childhood landmark. The Sun Always Shines on TV is grossly under appreciated.

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80s. A-ha. What's not to like.

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4

Take On Me is a tune 😂 classic. Reminds me of playing GTA Vice City on PS2 when I was like 14. STYG covered this too. You'd have to be pretty cold hearted to not like this kinda 80's music, it's upbeat and feelgood. Defo a 4.

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pretty good. ofc take on me is good. but the sun always shines on tv was amazing and added to playlist v

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Take on me is so good! And some of the others are great 80s pop hits too

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4

Great 80s hits, especially take on me.

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4

Catchy, melancholy synth-pop tragedy

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4

Some great songs, brings back memories.

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4.5 Nunca había escuchado el álbum, pero Take on Me es una de mis mejores canciones de todos los tiempos. Después de escuchar el disco entendí por qué vendió tantas copias a nivel mundial, aún así hubo un par de canciones que no me atraparon del todo. Además, Take on Me le da puntos extras y es injusto comparar su nivel con el resto de las canciones

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Energetic ProtoDream Pop, honestly Take On Me is overrated compared to the rest of the album.

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Solid Album very groovy and catchy I can see why it sold so much lolz

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i actually really liked this album! i thought the singing was very fun and a good vibe overall. loved it.

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4

Pretty solid! "Take on Me" is one of the best pop songs ever made as far as I'm concerned. There's some other pretty good songs on here as well. "The Sun Always Shines on TV" is great, though I prefer the much more recent live, acoustic version. Overall, definitely glad I listened to it.

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4

Enjoyable enough. 7/10

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Take on me is good.

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One of the best albums I listened to in my rotation.

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Much more than "take on me"

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4

Some classic singles on this album. Great start with 'Take on Me' and a great finish with 'Here I Stand and Face the Rain'.

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4

You're just a shit Duran Duran, shit Duran Duran, shit Duran Durrraaaannnn. Actually that's not true, I enjoyed this, I'm a sucker for well crafted '80s pop. And Take On Me innit, stone cold classic.

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4

A classic album that stands the test of time. Melodic harmonies and soaring vocals. Like time travel back to the 80s

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4

For a band that is quintessentially 80s, this was a very good album that went beyond Take On Me. Aside from their biggest hit I enjoyed the variety of music on here. The first half is a lot better than the second half with songs Train of Thought shining through.

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7/10

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4

I have a soft spot for synth pop. The dynamics on this album give my eardrums a workout. Nothing really tops "Take On Me" but the whole thing brings me back to the sound of my childhood. I had no idea they were Norwegian. If someone came out with an album that sounded just like this today, with slightly more contemporary lyrics, people would flip out over it and say it was amazing. We need a synth pop revival on par with the garage rock revival of the early 2000s.

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4

Repetitive, Take On Me was the standout, but four stars for the great 80's vibe.

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Great pop record, take on me is a classic lol

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4

Just a solid set of synthetic pop with an incredible voice and some 80s keyboard cheese. Think the front half is much stronger than the second half. Fantastic hooks. Favorite tracks: "The Sun Always Shines on TV", "Train of Thought", "Take On Me", "And You Tell Me"

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4

Really solid album. Only knew them for a couple songs.

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Great pop album with synthesizer that set the tone for popular music for many decades to come.

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3

Decent pop album. Few bangers, and few not-so-bangers!

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I mean at this point I want to scream NO MORE FUCKING NEW WAVE but the book is already written. Take on Me is a good little tune, and the rest... some of it sucks, some is passable synthey rock, but hunting high and low holy shit what a fuckin tune!! 3/5.

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Some great songs. But, also, some boring songs. 6.5-7/10

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Great singles, good sound but not that memorable. Might listen again.

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3

Fun synth-poppy new-wave. Good showing.

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3

first song is great, the rest meh

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3

not bad

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3

This has the big ah-ha hits. Life changing? no.

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3

A pretty classic euro new wave album. There is better new wave out there IMO, but worth a listen.

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Synth pop. Not the greatest, not the worst

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Take me on is pretty much the best song on this album

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3

Delightfully dated.

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eh, this album was alright. I went on an 80's kick a while back and a few of the songs i heard were from this album, and, while good, weren't anything special.

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Pur son classique 80. Take on me!

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fun listen

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Nett, wie ich finde - 3

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Aww, man. I really wanted to like this more than I did. When you come out of the gating swinging something like “Take On Me,” I suppose it’d be difficult for anybody to keep up that momentum. That song has given so much it’s at least worth two stars. Third star for spelling the band name in a weird way. (Why don’t we pronounced the A with a long vowel sound??)

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3

Tecno. Suave. Melódico.

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Pretty good but Take On Me kinda overshadows the rest of the album

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3.2 - After “Take On Me” it’s forgettable 80s electro pop. There are good power ballads but nothing worth a second listen.

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3

I like Take on Me but didn't fancy a whole album of it, but it was pretty decent. The title track was good

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Ok pop, some nice tunes wouldn't seek out more of their stuff

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I enjoyed this more than I thought I would

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3

Seems pretty dated.

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3

Actually enjoyable. Good 80's music.

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Decent, didn't love the whole album but liked enough I'd probably listen again. Plus, classic 80s vocals.

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sounds a lot like Morrissey in parts - but not as morose or right-wing.

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Good stuff, first track is overplayed but still a classic. 3.5

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A-ha - an album bolstered by three bona fide pop classics - rest is likeable 80s synth pop ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Wonderful throwback to the camp 80's.

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3

A combination of bangers and boredom, mincing and melancholy. It’s just about fun enough to save itself from a 2/5

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Aha, wusste gar nicht dass die Norweger sind ;) Tolles Popalbum, teilweise vielleicht etwas seicht aber einige Hits mit Ohrwurmpotenzial. Ein Album wie eine laue Sommernacht in Skandinavien.

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3

Honestly thought it was gonna be different based off of Take on Me coming from this album, but a lotta synth of course, very 80s

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The difference between the hits and the chaff of this album is huge. There are a few real five star songs on here such as Take On Me and The Sun Always Shines On TV. On the other hand, the rest of the songs are just really boring to the tune of two stars. I'd really like to give this four stars because those two good songs are so good. But they really are the only ones.

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It's an alright album, but I have to say that the lyrics and emotion they're going for don't match the sterile 80s synth sound. It can be done, but it just feels too silly. Like the backing synth in take on me... it just undermines the emotion. This is a great album to throw in the background for a party, but defies series analysis. I will say I did like stand and face the rain. I listened to this album 5 times and couldn't find a song that was truly bad, but I didn't find many super standouts. 3.25/5. Not bad for a one hit wonder.

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Not horrible, although take on me sounds totally different than the rest

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Opening song, Take on Me, is very well known and liked. There's a good reason for that, too. The song is just good. Other than that, most songs are kind of a miss for me, but I can see why they'd be liked.

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Its sort of generic 80's pop but with more of a groove to it. Stand outs: Take on me, the title track, I Dream Myself Alive

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Come back to this one

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Solid first song, vibey

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Soft.

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Att a-ha var ett one-hit wonder har och kanske fortfarande är min tanke? Men jag är inte helt övertygad, under några perioder under lyssningen fanns det något i mig som ändå kände att detta går att lyssna på. Jag måste också medge att det är en väldigt mäktig röst sångaren (Morten Harket) har. Vad jag trodde var en självklar 2:a jobbar sig nog ändå upp till en 3:a på grund av Harkets röst. Bäst: "Take on me"

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Take On Me and The Sun Always Shines on T.V. stand out.

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3

Obviously the big pull here is the opener, but The Sun Always Shines on TV was equally incredible. Unfortunately the rest of the album is just kind-of-okay synth pop.

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3

Well, we know the main hit of this album don't we! Did enjoy a few more on here, some of them were just hilarious and made Luke and me laugh a lot

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A-HA! Took me a couple of goes to get past the first song coz it's such a banger. Once I did though found the others pleasant enough, some I found a bit dull but some were fun, and yeah you know what I do think love is reason enough

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3

Can't help but love "Take on Me", and other songs are also good, but averages out at about 3*

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This synth-pop album was the debut album by a-ha - and boosted by its hit single "Take On Me" - it became the band's breakout album. The band was immediately launched into world fame, far from its humble beginnings as a Norwegian local group. The album itself is a fun journey through new wave music from the 80's and is a blast of nostalgia when listened to today.

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[Michael Bluth looking into bag marked ‘The a-ha album with take on me on it’ “I don’t know what I expected”

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I was in high school when this album came out and so heavily into hard rock and heavy metal that the idea of a fully synth-laden pop band was anathema to me at the time :) Having said that, this lead single (and as it turns out the only song I can even remember from the band) was not dismissed by me... because of *the video* - which everyone knows. And the reason that it was/is important is that the video was so damn compelling at the time that it got me to look past my stubborn narrow-minded music tastes at the time and just enjoy it for what it was and is - a truly great pop song - that's not a light statement: "Take On Me" is so perfectly constructed as to stay interesting and high-paced throughout its perfectly short-enough length. ...oh wait, there's more to this album? Unsurprisingly the album is very very 80s - the pulsing 16th note synth bass, layered keyboards, rigid electronic percussion, heavy reverbs. So yeah - it's dated. But it sounds good - it may not be my favourite genre but it's a highly melodic throwback with decent songs that is a fun 37 minute retro-ride. 7/10 3 stars.

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I expected this to just be take on me, plus filler. It had other bangers. It also had a lot of filler

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3

This is good. I love that you could play 5 seconds from anywhere in the album and immediately know it's mid 80s. Good fun and more to it than I expected.

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80’er synth pop, catchy

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Opening track is 80's pop perfected. Rest of album hovers around this template without ever quote getting there again.

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3

Very 80s. I'd heard Take on Me of course but nothing else to my knowledge. Definitely sounds like the Take on Me band.

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3

A couple of stand out tracks and even then I suspect Take On Me is only as successful as it is because of a genuinely great music video. This is not an album I can ever see myself listening to again. Not terrible but mostly dull to me and heavy on the 80s production that has never moved me.

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Holy falsetto

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It has its decent moments and overall is a well produced album, but doesn’t seem to know quite what it wants to be. I enjoy the more new wave moments, but some of the drum machines and synth date the album and take away from the wonderful vocal and bass performances. Having said that, I’m glad to have been exposed to a-ha beyond ‘Take on Me’

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Ach die 80ies. Es war nicht alles schlecht, aber noch weniger war wirklich gut. Ich habe 'Take on me' immer gemocht, dieses Album aber natürlich wie so viele nie durchgehört. Nicht richtig schlecht, aber auch nur mittelmäßig. Gnade vor Recht, muss man im zeitlichen Kontext betrachten etc. bla bla.

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3

6/10. Well, it has Take on Me on it. Otherwise, fairly bland, though never too unpleasant.

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About how I expected it to be, some catchy parts but largely cheesy and overwrought 6/10

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3

Actually pretty good. Hangs together much better as an album than I imagined.

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Obviously track 1 is great and the rest of the album is pleasant enough whilst mostly unremarkable. 3/5

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It's not really my sort of thing, but no there's no denying it's a classic 80s pop album.

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Groovy. That’s it it’s groovy.

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Take me on is an all time classic song. However much of the rest of the album is pretty much just 80s pop and it doesn’t get nearly as good as the first song. 5.5/10

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Wonderful voice, but New Wave just really doesn't do it for me, a few exceptional tracks aside.

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3

There’s literally one reason that this album is on this list and it’s a worthy reason. The rest of it wasn’t terrible though. We all know which song is the favorite

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'Take on Me' starts the album off super strong, from the first notes that make you want to bop your head. 'Hunting High and Low' is another really great piece from the album. It seems like the album suffers from the plague of all albums that have a really standout song, and it's that the other songs don't live up to the expectations set by the stellar song. All in all, the album is enjoyable, but the experience doesn't feel like it's complete enough to fully stand out.

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National anthem

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The sun always shines on TV is a great song but the rest is pretty dated 80's pop rock

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Don't start your album with the best song

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foreplay should be before the main event

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I thought that, after Take on Me, this album was gonna slide down a slippery slope with songs that don't catch up to that wondrous song but no this album has some good songs. I want to shout out The Sun Always Shines on T.V.; that's the best song on the album. There is definitely some mid 80s material but it's not that bad; definitely something to sink your teeth into if you want to hear more from a-ha. Favorites: Take on Me, The Blue Sky, Living a Boy's Adventure Tale, The Sun Always Shines on T.V., I Dream Myself Alive.

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after the first song, just okay to me.

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Saved Prior: Take on Me, The Sun Always Shines on T.V. Off Rip: Living a Boy's Adventure Tale, And You Tell Me Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: Take on Me is one of the greatest songs of all time because of how crazy his voice is on that chorus, but the album reaches nothing close to that high again and fades into run of the mill romantic synth pop. But man oh man is Take on Me incredible.

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Take on me is a classic but the album drifted after

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A-ha have always been much more than a one hit wonder. Take On Me ranks as one of the best pop songs and certainly the most memorable film clip of all time and for that, a-ha deserve their place on this list. Hunting High and Low is a fantastic pop album. Very mucb of its time but also innovative in terms or its synth arrangements, I would hazard a guess that they were a tiny bit influenced by Sparks (but who wasn't in some way or another). Listening to the album again after so long, I am surprised Love Is The Reason and The Sun Always Shines on TV didn't chart better at the time. Some of the songs sound dated or are obvious filler which is the main downside of the album.

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Pop ochentero con toques de música de baile. Buenas voces y ritmos

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A decent album. Not great, not egregious, just the exact, forensic point of okayness. I have never warmed to Take on Me. Overwhelmingly overplayed and slightly gimmicky, I always preferred The Sun Always Shines on TV (and honestly, I've never bothered paying attention to a-ha before). However, as the opener, I will acknowledge more of a charm than I have previously recognised, but not enough to persuade me to like it fully. The other singles are better, often quite melancholy, and one has to relish Morten Harket's lyrical idiosyncrasies (who doesn't marvel at "Please don't ask me to defend/ The shameful lowlands/ Of the way I'm drifting/ Gloomily through time"?). But, and this is with all the goodwill in the world musterable for this album, I can't really call it an essential listen. There's fair filler and, although it's enjoyable to spend an hour with these fetching Norwegians, I'm not going to build a shrine to them.

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Dobar album sveukupno, al je jaaako dosadan I’m sorry.

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ovaj album je stvarno dencibilan, moram priznati. ima dobrih stvari, nisu oni one hit wonder.

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prilično dobro al je take on me duplo bolja pjesma od većine

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Not a big fan of this synthesizer/drum machine-driven sound of 80s alternative music. It's okay, but not something I would listen to again. 2.5 stars, rounding up to 3.

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I won't dwell on "Take on Me", but it is quintessential 80s electronic pop. Somehow has transcended how cheesy it is with the catchy riffs and impressive falsetto. I think the video really cemented it though. I can really only say I've heard "Take on Me" though, the rest of the album is completely unknown to me. It's fine, but not my thing. I really can't listen to it in general as the 80-ness gets to be much, but I'd say in general I think the world slept on the rest of this album a bit. Maybe I just haven't met a-ha fans but I've never heard anyone talk about any of their other work. 3.5 to 3.

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I was prepared to hate this album. It's new wave and that one song that I already know is kinda annoying. But I didn't hate the album. Sure, I hated some of the TRACKS on the album but not the album as a whole. That, in itself, is quite the achievement. Congrats, A-ha, on being new wave and not entirely sucking. Here's a 3-star rating as a reward. Don't spend it all in one place.

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it was good to hear some old tracks again

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Take On Me deserves 3 stars. There’s not much else on the album but you might get into 1 or 2 other songs

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Better than I expected, but still not great. Nice of them to put their hit at the beginning. Best track: Take on Me

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I get how this album got its name after I kept having to hunt higher and lower for the right volume. "Take on Me" is at least 4 times louder than "Train of Thought", I had to keep alternate; screw Spotify whether it's their problem or not. Like an uplifting, energetic Tears for Fears. The synth effects are solid, danceable with a bit of melancholy and hope. Excellent vocals, appropriate usage of his higher register. Excluding the annoying volume shifts, the production is all-around superb. On the other hand, the tracks were formulaic and didn't experiment much, but there's diversity while still consistent. I'm a huge fan of synthpop, so I enjoyed all the tracks, but hardly anything grabbed my attention, and if it did it was usually some cool vocal technique. Still, it's a super fun album, and if I was looking for good mood dance vibes, this is a top candidate.

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Sooooo 80s. Some very famous songs...but it‘s just not my thing.

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piola

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A couple good tracks. Most of it below average

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I was never a fan of their radio hit(s), but I tried to give this a chance. Nope, tapping out - Same vapid '80s synth pop...

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Definitely a classic, but I'm not a huge fan of their brand of synth pop. Too much MIDI, not enough substance.

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Obviously Take on Me is a classic. The Sun Always Shines on T.V. is decent but the rest of the album is pretty forgettable. 5/10

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Meh.

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There's a reason why you only know one song from this album...

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Grand

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Def an unnecessary one hit wonder album

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Meh

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So habe ich mir Depeche Mode immer vorgestellt, ohne es je gehört zu haben. Nix für mich.

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Impossible to be a teen in the 80s, as I was, and not know 'Take On Me' (and have a grand ol' time attempting the high notes in the chorus!). Admittedly, I honestly don't remember ever hearing any other song by them. I just listened to this album now and I can say with all certainty I didn't miss anything. Just too 80s-synth-pop for me without enough in it to keep me interested. Was right for the time, I know, and it's not bad, it's just utterly dull to me as a listener.

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1. ICONIC 10/10 2. pretty cool 6.75/10 3 gooood 7/10 4. kinda boring 4/10 5. i give up

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Boring overall. Better synthpop exists (flock of seagulls anyone?)

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There's some great music on here - by which I mean "Take on Me", mostly. And some other good moments I guess, but it's a 37 minute album I'm impatient for it to end only halfway through.

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Definition of one hit wonder I guess. One hit on this album and the rest of the songs are garbage.

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The album sounds like the songs are well written and would be something I’d like. However, it has the type of 80s style production that, to me, make everything flat and dull.

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A-ha's debut showcases sharp synths, Harket's range and a wide variety in sounds, which convinces me of the quality of this record and it's significance in a period when synth pop went through it's highest commercial success. However, I have already had my fair share of this style when I finish listening to Take on Me. Train of Thought slows down the tempo gigantically, and Hunting High and Low is a ballad too cheesy for me. Something I experience quite a few times with synth pop, is that the vocal mixing is very inconsistent and causes a distracting experience between tracks. Because I enjoy the subtlety of the synths on the Blue Sky, I feel this record deserves a 2/5.

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What you expect aha to sound like.take on me then a bunch of soft rock? 5/10

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It was ok nothing grear

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an old friend once told me that his fiancee's favorite band was a-ha and I laughed before realizing he was serious and they were planning a trip to europe to see them play live. this was like 2003. the marriage didn't work out but do you really want to marry someone whose favorite band's best album mostly just sounds like songs Duran Duran didn't think were good enough to release?

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It’s got the meme song Enjoyed some instrumentals But it’s not for me.

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Take On Me is an all-timer, the rest of the album didn’t do much for me.

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Inoffensive to the point of being boring.

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wasn't that great - seems like all 80s bands were one hit wonders. an extra star just for take on me which is great tbf

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A bit weird, not really full of bangers

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1.75

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Not a fan. Classic 80s music that I don't like aka new-wave.

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Take On Me is an all time favorite, but the rest of this album is just boring new wave bs. Sorry, a-ha.

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Kolejny popowy material, tym razem z troche innej epoki, z innej lokacji i innego kalibru, bo Hunting High And Low to debiutancki album norweskiej bandy o bardzo orginalnej nazwie dla czleka spoza krainy fiordow, a-ha, plyta z 85, wiec z czasu najwiekszej synthowej epidemii, co czuc na praktycznie calym materiale, ktorego jest 35 minut, chociaz rownie dobrze mozna zapoznac sie z pierwszymi 3 minutami i 45 sekundami i juz wiedziec co, gdzie, jak i dlaczego, bo wlasnie tyle trwa otwierajacy trak take on me, ktory jest wizytowka bandy, a tu ciekawostka jednym z najbardziej popularnych songow z europy w czasach wczesno jutubowych, wiec nie dziwne, ze znam go z katowania stacji radiowych tym wlasnie songiem, bo o ile sam trak ma w sobie cos co mozna nazwac duchem tamtej epoki, tak od strony muzycznej jest to produkcja raczej sredniawa, mam na mysli caloksztalt plyty, bo tak synthowego popu dawno nie slyszalem tutaj, banda troj osobowa, glosny wokal, pan na gitarce i pan od klawisza, do tego drumy z automata, tak samo basior i mamy disko polo pelna geba, co do samego wokalu, to pan Harket brzmi troche jak lidlowy bowie, za co oczywiscie plus, ale ciezko znalezc cos na czym mozna zawiesic ucho na tej plycie, oczywiscie poza openingiem, gdybym mial wskazac traki ktore jeszcze jakos sie wyrozniaja, to bylyby to and you tell me o wiele wolniejszy trak niz reszta materialu, wiec nie jest tak popowo, a kolejnym jest zamykajacy here i stand and face the rain, ktory sampluje z poczatku jakies chorki koscielne, albo tak to przynajmniej brzmi i jakos zmienia sie w ciagu tych 4 minut grania, egzotyczne smyczki i produkcja robia tutaj robote, czego nie mozna powiedziec na reszcie materialu, gdzie na niektorych kawalkach trzeba regulowac glosnosci samodzielnie, na plejaka wrzuce jedynie take on me, jako swoista wizytowke albumu

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Peak 80's. A mix of slow and fast, upbeat and morose, but "Take On Me" pretty much outshines everything else.

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klassisk 80'er, danse

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Absolutely average

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Obviously. Outside of the single this kinda sucks.

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Kinda disappointing, TBH. Take On Me is obviously a classic, and I always like the rich orchestration, jazz harmonies, and thought that goes into 80s pop; this is no exception. But none of the rest of the album grabs me. On the very last track I thought they had something, then they got weird and boring. "And You Tell Me" is pretty funny, but at 1:51..... that's not enough to carry the album.

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Decidedly 80s flavor, which is tasty in its own right. Opens with Take on Me, which is the only A-Ha song I “know” and I was singing at the top of my lungs, unable to reach any of the high notes, making my dogs howl, but enjoying myself immensely. Train of Thought has a Bowie-Ish feel. Hunting High and Low made me uncomfortable. Boundaries are a good thing, my dude. The rest of the album is 80’s pop synthy ridiculous goodness. Not my jam, but not awful. Very short album at 10 songs clocking in at just over 35 minutes.

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Very 80s feel pop

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Singles stand out, but after a few listens, I didn't feel much for this one.

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I mean, it’s not unlistenable, but there’s a reason I only know of one of their songs even though they’ve made ten albums. Some glimpses of good synth pop, but not nearly enough, and the only great pop is the opening track.

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This would not have been my pick for 1001 albums.

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Take On Me is a classic of the decade...the rest is not so much. It's not a terrible listen. The singer is pretty good and it's never painful to listen to, but it's just kind of there. In fact it's pretty frustrating. They come so close to making good, memorable songs but just fall short. 5/10. I wish I could give out half stars.

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One great, classic. A bunch of pretty basic songs.

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AHA! So My first play of the Norwegian Boy Bands first album. Morton and the boys did themselves proud with their innovative video for "Take On Me" which is no doubt a seminal piece of Mid 80's Euro Pop. The rest of the album... well very much of a muchness in my eyes. The three singles are ok but not one I would have in my collection.

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“A product of the 1980s, with highs like 'Take On Me' and 'The Sun Always Shines on TV.”

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Couple of bangers but i was ready for so much more

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VERY samey

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Pretty bland for an 80s pop record

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This is not an album I needed to hear. Take on Me holds a place in the 80s ear-worm songs, and the video was interesting. The rest of the album feels disconnected, and the title track feels like an unused James Bond theme or like something for Jaws 5 (was there a Jaws 5 already? IDK).

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A tame affair. Decent for mainstream eighties pop but the bar is set very low. Take On Me is an evergreen, entertaining pop hit but the rest of the album is fairly middling. Underwhelming.

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the beauty of doing this list using youtube is that you get to see the videos. the video for sun always shines on tv is a quintessentially 80s nightmare where the band are playing their song in a cathedral full of mannequins. pulling off all their best 80s moves with the aren't i handsome perma smirk in full flow. can't decide if i love or hate the video, but its left more of an impression than most of the dross on this album.

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The two big hits are still great, but the rest wasn't much to my taste.

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Best Song: Take On Me. Always feels lame to pick the big target as the best song, but it really is the only choice here. So unique, with much more adventurous vocals than the rest of the album. Worst Song: Hunting High and Low. Sounds too much like the song that plays during a movie montage, where the animated protagonist is literally looking high and low for their missing friend. Overall: Coming into this having previously only heard "Take On Me", I honestly expected more. The rest of the album is just this squeaky clean, super-sanitized pop. Also, I don't usually care about the cover art, but the decision to choose this tricep-popping picture is an interesting one.

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Having grown up in the 90's, there's something about this particular brand of 80's music that just sounds silly to me, like a joke. "Take on Me" might as well be the flagship song for that. I'd like to think that I'm shaking that preconception, but listening to this album tells me that I haven't yet.

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One-hit wonder. They put the hit as the first track on the album so there's not much point in listening to the rest of this album of typical 80's synth-pop.

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i mean take on me is classic but otherwise didn't find it all that interesting

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One hit wonder. What's next? The Mambo No. 5 album? I like Take on Me, but starting off an album with your best song is usually a pretty bad idea. It goes downhill after that and the rest is unmemorable boring new wave - meaningless mumbly lyrics, repetitive synths and uninteresting melodies. The worst offender is "I Dream Myself Alive" where the singer repeats the title phrase like 50 times. I don't know, I wasn't counting. Or paying attention, really. Maybe I just dreamed that up.

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Aburrido, escuchas la primera canción y después te echas a dormir una siesta.

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Made me listen to take on me unironically and not my favorite genre

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A slog of a listen - songs tend to drone on without soul or purpose, meandering through with plenty of annoying synths and vocal accents but no substance to speak of

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This was fucking awful. God the 80s was awful.

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Not super into this.

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No thanks.

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I liked the video when I was 9 years old. I think I had the 45. Couldn't get past the 2nd track 2/5

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Take on me should have been a single

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