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| May 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

Riviera, Chicago
Thursday, May 13, 2010

Stop that laughing. Nestled atop the Guardian‘s “1000 Albums To Hear Before You Die” is A-Ha’s Hunting High And Low.

Luckily for non-fans, it does contain their massive hit, “Take On Me.” And luckily for those same laggards, it’s worth the $3 it can be had for on Amazon.com. In 1985, it was a Top 20 success and made A-Ha the first Norwegians to be nominated for a Grammy (Best New Artist), unfortunately ’80s synth pop is not the most venerated of genres and the disc has been lost mostly to one-hit-wonder countdowns. Neither as fey as The Associates nor as militantly fashion-freakish as Flock Of Seagulls, et al, the title track, “The Sun Always Shines On TV,” and “Train Of Thought” are all delightfully sturdy nuggets that make this return/farewell a welcome sight. (By the way, they did produce eight other albums — all for major labels.)

— Steve Forstneger

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