Thursday, 21 April 2011
Thanks to Aha - follow up
I'm afraid I came across as a bit sniffy concerning Aha in yesterdays post , so in balance.....
I'd never really liked the pop Aha much I think I'd just got so annoyed with the annoyingly catchy Take on Me that felt like it was just played constantly until worn down people bought in enough quantities to get it a hit. What followed didn't really improve matters although I had a soft spot for the over the top ridiculousness that was The Sun Always Shines on Tv.
It came as a bit of a shock then that in 2000 I bought myself an Aha lp, and I'm still not sure why it happened. I love the lp's cover (although I can't believe I bought it based on that alone) and it reflects the music on the lp. It still had echoes of catchy pop music but everything just felt more subtle from the lead vocals to the instrumentation. It was as if the songs were given time to grow rather than try and hook you in on the first play. It does verge on dinner party music at times but there is enough interesting things going on to stop it blanding out. They released 2 more lps in this vein (Anologue and Lifelines) before bowing out with Foot of the Moutnain that was closer to their mid 80s sound which I didn't bother with for that very reason.
Barely Hanging on - Aha
Little Black Heart - Aha
If you want to take a bit of a risk then you can buy Minor Earth Major Sky here