Ace Of Base/Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

Ace of Base is a pop band based in Gothenburg, Sweden. Its original member lineup consisted of Jonas “Joker” Berggren, Ulf “Buddha” Ekberg, and sisters Malin “Linn” Berggren and Jenny Berggren. They released four studio albums between 1993 and 2002, which sold in excess of 30 million copies worldwide.

Following the formal departure of singer Linn in 2007, the band performed a series of concerts as a trio in Europe and Asia, before Jenny confirmed that she would take indefinite leave from the band on November 30, 2009. Jonas and Ulf are reportedly working on a new album with two new female singers, which will be released in 2010.[1]

The Sign is listed among the Top 100 Bestselling Albums of All Time by the RIAA.[2] It was the first debut album to produce three number 1 singles on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart: “All That She Wants“, “The Sign” and “Don’t Turn Around

The Sign—-With remarkable bas and a three best Reggae style to the music, this sounds amazingly fresh after not hearing this for 10 years or so. This is high in my category of ‘guilty pleasures’….simply put, this is genius pop music. The blend of the vocals are remarkable….especialy considering that this was the peak of manufactured pop bands. This is wonderful!

All That She Wants—-Still delivering the trademark reggae sound, the band slows things down even further and delivers a track that is almost 100% Reggae….horns included. The vocal is remarkable….sounding a bit deeper and more seasoned than the previous track. This song was literally HUGE for this band and I think the public got burned out with the sound the band was consistently producing….none the less, listening back on this now I love it all over again.

Wheel Of Fortune—-Consistent in sound, this rather obscure song for me still resonates nicely in my eardrums. This is a bit to bubble gum for me, bordering on ABBA without the remarkable polish. This is acceptable, but really does not hold a flame to the string of hits that the band had consecutively. The chorus allows the song to open up a bit and lose some of the hollow sound. This is nice.

Lucky Love—-With less of the trademark three beat, this song begins a bit slow but grows into this huge addictive track that you can’t get out of your head. this is pure syrup pop music that finds a place in your brain whether you desire it to or not. Remarkable just because of the consistent nature of the track and the irresistable back beat. I love this!

Beautiful Life—-Relying heavy on the majestic synth line and the trademark 90’s dance beat that dozens of bands produced in this period, this is much faster than most of the bands songs and was built around the dance floor. this is the most reminiscent track to ABBA that I can recall…almost like ABBA stepped out of retirement and surprised us with this as a cruel trick. This is wonderfully poppy, and very addictive!!!

Happy Nation [Faded Edit]—-If I had to list a favorite song from this band, this would be it…hands down. This treats us too a very subtle three beat and a bit of chanting that fir in well with the craze that was going on at the time. This is pure pop magic…the song has a surprisingly dark edge to it…allowing the band to build walls of synth atmosphere like never before. The chorus is a huge affair that sucks you in and keeps you there. This is probably a masterpiece!!!

Life Is A Flower—-With a gentle guitar interlude beginning the song, the synth line kicks in but you never lose the gentle acoustic guitar sound in the backdrop. This is a bit to chewy for me…the substance is heartfelt but the delivery falls a bit short. I like the general feel of the song, but the vocal is less than sincere…was this a hit?

Don’t Turn Around—-Returning with full force to the Reggae styled three beat of earlier hits, the band hit this one out of the park…this song was huge for them. This has all of the magical elements that made the band a household name and has some remarkable odes to Madonna with the spoken word backdrop vocals. This is nice to hear again after such a long period of time.

Hallo Hallo—-A bit of brash and noisy pop from this band is a nice surprise. There is a lot going on in this track. The three beat delivery is evident, but the synth and the bass lines sound even louder and more in the front of the mix. The lyrics are a bit bubble gum, but the song manages to be a lot of fun. Nice!!!

Always Have, Always Will—-This is odd, sampling a straight line from some Supreme song or the other. This sounds like it stepped right out of 1970. This abandons any sound of familiarity for a fresh new approach to the bands bubble gum pop. The result is fantastic…combining the best of the old school girl groups with the doo-wop of past years. Who knew?

Cruel Summer [Big Bonus Mix]—-If there was ever a song that was begging to be remade by this band, this would be it. The band manages to take a wonderful song and makes it even larger and more fun than Bannarama ever could have dreamed of. This is fabulous….fast and built for the dance floors of the late 90’s. This is a brilliant choice for a cover!

Unspeakable—-This is another brilliant example that if something works well why turn away from it. The band returns in full Reggae three beat form on this song and manages to create a masterpiece that I’m not sure many people had the privilege of hearing. This is aggressive and emotional. raw and well….pretty damn polished. This is brilliant.

C’est La Vie [Always 21]—–Ugh…..this really does nothing for me, I’m not really sure why it is included on this compilation…this only shows a band struggling to keep their place on the charts. Although….this does have a remarkable ABBA sound.

Living In Danger [Single Edit]—-Delivering yet another really huge hit for the band, the only problem with this song was the strong resemblance to so many of the bands earlier hits. This is pretty much a copycat, recipe driven song that allowed another huge hit for the band but also caused consumer exhaustion. Sometimes too much of a good thing is too much of a good thing!

Beautiful Morning—-This has such strong ABBA overtones to me that I can;t help but love this track…to be honest…this compliation was the first time I had heard this song…I was not disappointed and wish that more people had had the chance to hear this. This is remarkable…allowing for real instrumentation and meaningful emotion, this is wonderful!

Da Capo—-This is pure unadulterated dance floor heaven. The song is so bass heavy that my ears might explode through the headphones. The lyrics are simple and allow you to totally lose yourself in the magical bass driven, synth heavy pop syrup. This is fabulous!!!

**** out of 5


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