Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Ace of Base was one of my favourite swedish pop bands from the 90s, irrupting into the music scene with their world hit "All that she wants", and being included in the Guinness world book of records for having the most successful debut album ever ("Happy Nation"). However, this new incarnation of the group without the Berggren sisters fails to deliver. Their new album " The Golden Ratio" seems rushed and lacks context. The order of songs is something essential for an album to sound coherent, and this compilation of songs just isn't working. Some tracks seem overproduced, the new vocalists are just too plain to distinguish themselves from any other swedish dance group out there, and some of the songs do feel as if they are taken from different albums.
I feel that "Golden Ratio" should have established a new identity for the group; either they were going to continue the path that the former band started years ago, or they were going to go into a completely new direction. Instead, we have some songs that sound as pale imitations of the former Ace of Base ("All for you", "Blah Blah Blah on the radio" or "Told my ma"), and tracks that seem completely alienated from the album as a whole ( "Juliet", "Who am I").
On a more positive note, they have managed to include some music which is quite good and with single potential. Such is the case of the reggae lite summer pop songs "One day", "Mr Replay" and the best song of the album, the euro-dance synth track "Vision in Blue", which sounds reminiscent of the "Happy Nation" era.
However, if you were looking forward to the return of the old Ace of Base, i'm sorry to inform you that the group is dead and gone. Truth is, Lady Gaga's "Alejandro" sounds more like Ace of Base than any of the songs included on "The Golden Ratio". I guess we will have to wait until the band decides to release some outtakes from previous albums in the future in order to get our old school Ace of Base fix.
Listen to my favourite track of their new album "Vision in Blue" below. Are you hooked on the new Ace.of.Base?
Publicado por Tanausú Vilches en 5:34 PM