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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, ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/14/1998
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 078221902120
  • Catalog Number: 19021

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cruel Summer (3:33)
  2. 2 Donnie (3:47)
  3. 3 Whenever You're Near Me (3:32)
  4. 4 Everytime It Rains (4:52)
  5. 5 Adventures in Paradise (3:30)
  6. 6 Don't Go Away (3:39)
  7. 7 Cecilia (3:54)
  8. 8 He Decides (3:49)
  9. 9 Always Have, Always Will (3:48)
  10. 10 Tokyo Girl (3:35)
  11. 11 Travel to Romantis (3:37)
  12. 12 Cruel Summer (3:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ace of Base Primary Artist, 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
Leon Zervos Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    pain destroyer

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Get the European version of this CD

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    POOR...

    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.

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