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Cruel Summer
     

Cruel Summer

2.3 3
by Ace of Base
 
Ace of Base's music is never about diversity. Their first two records mined infectious Euro-disco beats to great effect, and the first, at least, illustrated they had a knack for writing big, irresistible pop hooks. Cruel Summer, their third album, attempts to capture the carefree, stylish charm that drove "All That She Wants" and "The Sign" to the top of the

Overview

Ace of Base's music is never about diversity. Their first two records mined infectious Euro-disco beats to great effect, and the first, at least, illustrated they had a knack for writing big, irresistible pop hooks. Cruel Summer, their third album, attempts to capture the carefree, stylish charm that drove "All That She Wants" and "The Sign" to the top of the charts, and while it has its moments, it fails to rival their previous pop pinnacles. It's a little disappointing that the melodic high point is the title track, a cover of Bananarama's new wave classic. Also, it's a little disappointing that Ace of Base haven't chosen to vary their Euro-disco rhythms, since the relentless thumping makes Cruel Summer sound a little too similar its predecessors -- only without as many hooks. There are almost enough solid tracks to make the album enjoyable as it plays, but there's nothing really memorable about it once it's finished.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/14/1998
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0078221902120
catalogNumber:
19021

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ace of Base   Primary Artist
Per Adebratt   Keyboards
John Ballard   Background Vocals
Douglas Carr   Keyboards
Suzanne Carstensen   Background Vocals
Jenny Berggren   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jonas "Joker" Berggren   Keyboards,Vocoder
Joe Belmaati   Keyboards
Nana Hedin   Background Vocals
Tue Roh   fender rhodes
Johnny Jam   Keyboards
John Amatiello   Keyboards
Marian Lisland   Background Vocals
Mads Johansson   Guitar
Jonas Karg   Guitar
Bjarne "Spiff" Johansson   Percussion,Drums
Birthe H.   Background Vocals
Eivind Skovdahl   Percussion
Peo Haggstrom   Keyboards
Henrik   Conductor
Linn Berggren   Vocals,Background Vocals
Sasha ?   Bass
Ulf Bandgren   Guitar
Marit Bie   Background Vocals
Borje "Buller Bang" ?   Percussion
Marianne Bundevik   Background Vocals
Desi "Dezrock" Caruso   Keyboards
Delgado ?   Keyboards
Tommy Ekman   Keyboards
Bas-Berra   Bass
Uli Janson   Conductor

Technical Credits

Per Adebratt   Programming
John Ballard   Vocal Arrangements
Douglas Carr   Programming,Engineer
Cutfather   Arranger,Producer
Clive Davis   Executive Producer
Charles Fisher   Producer
Peter Lee   Remixing
Ulf "Buddha" Ekberg   Producer
Jonas "Joker" Berggren   Programming,Engineer
Joe Belmaati   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Tue Roh   String Arrangements
Hani   Producer,Remixing
Johnny Jam   Programming,Producer
John Amatiello   Programming,Engineer
Andy ?   Remixing
Thomas Siqveland   Programming
Eivind Skovdahl   Engineer
Joakim Stiren   Programming
Stonestream   drum programming
Peo Haggstrom   Programming
Henrik   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Charlie Falk   String Arrangements
Delgado ?   Programming,Producer
Ole Evenrude   Arranger,Producer
Tommy Ekman   Arranger,Programming,Engineer
Dave Lee   Programming
Uli Janson   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Sarah Dallin   Composer

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Cruel Summer 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Euro version of ''Cruel Summer'' is called ''Flowers'', and it's a way better CD than this one. It contains FIVE great songs that are missing on this CD. Those songs are: ''Life Is A Flower'', ''Dr. Sun'', ''I Pray'', ''Captain Nemo'' and the best one, ''Cruel Summer-Big Bonus Mix''. Also, ''Flowers'' contains the original versions of ''Travel To Romantis'', ''He Decides'', and ''Donnie''. So if you want a great CD, don't even think about buying this album, get ''Flowers'' instead. It's more expensive because it's an import CD, but it's worth the money!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i like music... but not all music, but reggae music... and ace of base is the only band that made me to enjoy other music in particular theirs... they are no two after reggae music to me
Guest More than 1 year ago
I understand that Sweden produced a great deal of groups that have achieved amazing feats through their time, heck Abba Gold is still in the charts in the UK. Then you have the Cardigans, Ace of Base and Aqua. Ace of Base started the trend by coming out first and really breaking new frontiers with their music and vocals from heaven. Their first album was something else entirely and they never lost their thunder with their second, but with this, I can't help but ask what happened?? This album is completely out of touch and devoid of feelings. The songs are simply bubble gummish and have no heart and soul poured into them. The vocals are so happy that people wonder in what world are these guys singing. their second album had many great slow, melancholic songs, but this album fames itself with songs with people's names and places. What have they achieved with the song Tokyo Girl, one might ask. Their fourth album, coming out soon, is a greatest hits compilation. Abba's Greatest Hits, in GOLD has retained a spot in the UK fror some 300 weeks. If Ace of Base can live through 3 is a miracle altogether.