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Listen to A-Ha "Riding The Crest"

A-ha's "Foot Of The Mountain" may turn out to be one of the most noteworthy pop albums of 2009. Who would have thought? Currently only released in their home country of Norway, this album is the trio's tenth studio album and arguably one of their finest of their career.

A few weeks ago, I introduced you to the album's excellent title track, an emotive song that proved that A-ha still has plenty of relevance in today's competitive pop landscape. The other tracks on "Foot Of Mountain" are as equally as strong as its lead track with grand, powerful ballads, '80s-inspired uptempo tracks and Morton Harket's sugar-sweet choir boy vocals.

Steve Osborne was one of the main producers on "Foot Of The Mountain." He previously worked on albums from New Order, Depeche Mode and U2.

My favorite album cuts include the synth-laden "The Bandstad," the Erasure-like "Riding The Crest" (the album's second single) and the hyper-melodic "What There Is." "Sunny Mystery" shines with its dreamy, yet forceful soundscape that is accentuated by a grand piano riff.

It has been over 20 years since "Take On Me" first hit the global charts, but boy, not much has changed since then. A-ha still knows how to crank out a quality pop album. One of my favorite pop albums of the year so far.  You can stream the entire album here after you enter contact information.

June 15, 2009 in a-ha | Permalink

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what a nightmare, going to their website is a complete mess unless you speak the language. How are we to support them or ask for the album to be released here if we cannot read the site. They sing in english but the web site is in another?

Posted by: gkp at Jun 15, 2009 9:16:25 PM

Great album!

Posted by: Hobo Highbrow at Jun 16, 2009 12:04:43 AM

Love A-Ha, one of my all time favourite groups, last album Analogue is superb, and they were fantastic when I saw them live 3 years ago.. look forward to hearing this album, they are so under-rated.

Posted by: James Leon at Jun 16, 2009 9:42:58 AM

Great stuff!

Posted by: eric at Jun 16, 2009 3:29:16 PM

Great album, isn't it.
It's not just released in Norway, though:
Germany, Netherlands and Sweden also have it released already now.

and @ gkp:
that website is from Universal Norway, not a-ha's website.
All you need to do is tick of Analogue at the top,
all the rest can be left blank besides
entering any e-mail adres you would want at "Epost"
Finally click at the bottom left link: "gå till forhandslytting"
Make sure to allow cookies and scriplets in your security settings.

Posted by: Claudia at Jun 16, 2009 4:46:41 PM

My favourite track is "Mother Nature goes to heaven", but all the songs are great in their own way. Highly recommended!

Hobo Highbrow
writer

Posted by: Hobo Highbrow at Jun 19, 2009 5:44:13 AM

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