A-ha: Acoustic Hits

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It’s 30 years since A-ha were massive and, satisfyingly, Morten Harket is older than even the oldest member of the Review Corner.

Take On Me is the big hit and presumably the song everyone wants, and it’s first on this collection of acoustic covers. It doesn’t really work without the driving synth, either, perhaps why they slap it on first.

Of the rest, they vary between lacklustre and ok. The Living Daylights is good, though they add drums. The Sun Always Shines also works well, Harket joined by Ingrid Helene Havik on vocals. Stay On The Roads is next, a song we didn’t know and it’s ok. Summer Moved On has some nice guitar but Living A Boy’s Adventure is a bit slow. And so it goes.

They rope in guest singers to spice it up, including Alison Moyet and Ian McCulloch for a cover of his Killing Moon — McCulloch merely shows what exciting acoustic covers can sound like. They should have got him to sing them all.

One for A-ha fans only, really; we suspect even fans of acoustic music would find this lacking spirit and derring-do.

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Weekly newspaper editor in Cheshire, England. I blog my editorials and the CDs I write about. I play drums, drink coffee, play music, meditate. I hate filling in forms.

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