Aquarius

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Barnes & Noble - Seth Kaufman
Danceable, cartoonish acts have long colored the Europop spectrum -- from Boney M to Milli Vanilli to Lou Bega -- but none have ever aspired to actually being cartoons. Until now. With AQUARIUS, Aqua -- the Swedish quartet that assaulted the pop charts and Mattel's self-esteem with the dance hit "Barbie Girl" -- have harnessed the superball bounce of Europop's 4/4 dance beat to voices straight out of Saturday-morning TV. Their album-opening mission statement, "Cartoon Heroes" -- which finds Aqua-babe Lene Grawford Nystrom singing in a voice that's part Cyndi Lauper, part-Betty Boop -- doesn't mince words: "We are the cartoon heroes…what we do is what you wish to do." ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Seth Kaufman
Danceable, cartoonish acts have long colored the Europop spectrum -- from Boney M to Milli Vanilli to Lou Bega -- but none have ever aspired to actually being cartoons. Until now. With AQUARIUS, Aqua -- the Swedish quartet that assaulted the pop charts and Mattel's self-esteem with the dance hit "Barbie Girl" -- have harnessed the superball bounce of Europop's 4/4 dance beat to voices straight out of Saturday-morning TV. Their album-opening mission statement, "Cartoon Heroes" -- which finds Aqua-babe Lene Grawford Nystrom singing in a voice that's part Cyndi Lauper, part-Betty Boop -- doesn't mince words: "We are the cartoon heroes…what we do is what you wish to do." You can almost see the special-effects-laden video that's sure to follow. On titles like the peppy "Freaky Friday" "Everything is going wrong/My life is a country song", the discofied nightmare "Halloween," and the reggae-lite "Good Guys," which finds the band in Ace of Base mode, Nystrom and her gravel-voiced compatriot Soren Rasted keep the squeaky clean beats pumping. The throb feels good, and while that singing may grate on the over-20 set, the words are smarter than they sound -- which is usually the case with cartoons.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If ever there was a group that seemed destined for one-hit wonder status it was Aqua. Their huge 1997/1998 hit "Barbie Girl" was a cleverly designed piece of trifle, fueled by delirious Euro-disco beats and the helium-voiced Lene Grawford Nystrom, along with her comically gruff counterpart, Rene Dif. The song was giddy, silly fun, but it was hard to see how they could top it. Indeed, their debut, while entertaining, didn't show a lot of variety. So, it was easy to assume that their second album, Aquarius, would disappear upon its release in the spring of 2000. Well, that isn't really the case. Although they may never quite have a hit as large as "Barbie Girl" -- particularly in America, where Europop acts are always seen as one-hit wonders with the notable exception of ABBA -- Aquarius is superior to its predecessor in every way. Aqua never strays from their danceable Europop foundation, but they find remarkable variety within that framework. The hooks aren't always the same, the pace is varied and, most importantly, the production is bubbling with details. Each song is an individual creation, from the anthemic ballad "We Belong to the Sea" to the goofy country music parody "Freaky Friday." Every cut is blessed with its own vivid details -- banjos, layered vocals, and the cinematic, sweeping strings of "Back From Mars" -- thanks to chief producers and songwriters Søren Rasted and Claus Norreen. This is anything but a one-note album, even if Aqua's sonic signatures -- the pounding disco beats, the high spirits, the big hooks, and the seemingly mismatched pair of Nystrom and Dif -- remain the same. Certainly, Aquarius will not change anybody's mind about Aqua or Europop, but it stands as a high-water mark for the genre.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/21/2000
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 601215730548
  • Catalog Number: 157305

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cartoon Heroes (3:39)
  2. 2 Around the World (3:29)
  3. 3 Freaky Friday (3:45)
  4. 4 We Belong to the Sea (4:18)
  5. 5 An Apple a Day (3:38)
  6. 6 Halloween (3:51)
  7. 7 Good Guys (4:00)
  8. 8 Back from Mars (4:05)
  9. 9 Aquarius (4:22)
  10. 10 Cuba Libre (3:38)
  11. 11 Bumble Bees (3:53)
  12. 12 Goodbye to the Circus (4:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Aqua Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Peter Ljung Piano
Nana Hedin Background Vocals
Jean-Paul Wall Background Vocals
René Dif Vocals
Lene Grawford Nystrøm Vocals, Background Vocals
Søren Rasted Background Vocals
Stockholm Session Orchestra Strings
Ole Kibsgaard Guitar
Technical Credits
Björn Engelmann Mastering
Stig Kreutzfeldt Engineer
Claus Norreen Arranger, Producer
Janson & Janson Strings String Arrangements
Søren Rasted Arranger, Producer
Stefan Boman Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AQUARIUS

    AQUARIUS is a great cd, but it's not as good as aqua's first cd AQUARIUM. my fave songs were Around the world, An apple a day, Cartoon Heroes, AQUARIUS, and Back from mars. i wish the band never broke up they would have made alot of great cd's together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unusual Coolness

    this is an outragous cd. I love it. But thats my opoion. Make your own. But I have to said these people are cool. Their music is unusual and cool. Unusual Coolness

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Aqua ; Aquarious

    i think everybody should have a little music like this every once in a while, Aqua's first album (Aquarium) was the first cd that i ever bought, so of course i bought their second album as soon as i found out about it, i must admit i am a loyal fan to this group and probably always will be... especially like "Around The World" - "We Belong To The Sea" - "An Apple A Day" - "Good Guys" - "Aquarius" & "Cuba Libre" :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ANYTHING AQUA WRITES IS GREAT

    WELL ALL THE SONGS ON THIS CD ARE GREAT BUT CARTOON HEROES IS THE BEST. THIS SONG HAS THE SAME THEME AS THE CD ITSELF SUPERHEROES. AND THROUGH OUT THIS SONG IT SAYS WUT WE DO IS WUT U WISH TO DO WHICH I THINK IS KINDA CLEVER.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best group in the WORLD!

    if u liked the fist one this is the bomb!go aqua!make us another soundtrack

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is still the age of Aqua

    I relly loved this CD. All the songs are great. I especially love Aquarius. I liked the song Age of Aquarius, but this one blows it away!! I also loved the funny lyrics to the songs Cartoon Heroes and Halloween. Those are just awesome!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Aquarius

    This album is just perfect - for parties! But I`ve to inform you guys in Barnes & Nobles that Lene G. Nystrøm is Norwegian and rest of the band is danish. So now you know that!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Aquarius

    This album is just perfect - for parties But I`ve to inform you guys in Barnes & Nobles that Lene G. Nystrøm is Norwegian and rest of the band is danish. So now you know that!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You will love it!

    If you liked the first one. You will go crazy about this one. Aqua is one of a kind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great!!

    If you liked the first cd, you will LOVE this one.... all the great dance beats from the first one... but evolved and made even better...

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