Minor Earth Major Sky (A-Ha)

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All Music Guide - Aaron Badgley
A-ha's sixth studio CD seventh if their greatest-hits collection is included came seven years after their previous album, Memorial Beach, and in that time it seems that a-ha mellowed out. They do not seem to have concern about attracting the youth/dance market, but instead seem to be focusing in on how to make perfect middle-of-the-road pop songs with '90s technology. This is not a criticism, as it produces several fantastic songs, such as "Little Black Heart" and the wonderful "I Wish That I Cared." These, and many others, are full of catchy, beautiful melodies and Morten Harket's vocals are near perfect as usual -- his voice has not lowered one octave since their debut....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Aaron Badgley
A-ha's sixth studio CD seventh if their greatest-hits collection is included came seven years after their previous album, Memorial Beach, and in that time it seems that a-ha mellowed out. They do not seem to have concern about attracting the youth/dance market, but instead seem to be focusing in on how to make perfect middle-of-the-road pop songs with '90s technology. This is not a criticism, as it produces several fantastic songs, such as "Little Black Heart" and the wonderful "I Wish That I Cared." These, and many others, are full of catchy, beautiful melodies and Morten Harket's vocals are near perfect as usual -- his voice has not lowered one octave since their debut. The one problem with this CD is the relative sameness to some of the music. The tempos do not change a great deal, and by the end the songs seem to run together. More variety would have been beneficial. However, in terms of production, this is as close to perfect as a CD can get, and the lyrics keep things interesting throughout. Overall, a good album, and one that fans will enjoy.
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  • Release Date: 8/1/2000
  • Label: Warner Bros Uk
  • UPC: 685738218325
  • Catalog Number: 382183
  • Sales rank: 56,302

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Welcome return, excellent songs....

    This collection which came out in Europe in 2000 deserves a wider audience. This is a welcome comeback as the band had split up for 7 years to take some time off and do some solo ventures. A-ha delivers a sound thats modern and lush with exceptional vocals and writing, the band has never sounded so together. Really enjoy the songs, Velvet, Little black heart, The sun never shone that day, I wish I cared, Minor earth-Major sky, To let you win, summer moved on, to name some of these highlights. This record should have been made available here in the states but for some reason recording deals here in the states continue to be up in the air and the fans are the ones who suffer having to pay these import prices??? check out the new 2002 Lifelines and their brand new LIVE collection, all underated gems worth getting as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Comeback of Comebacks

    This band have continued to defy all the odds in pop terms. Reformed after seven years doing their own thing, Minor Earth, Major Sky is nothing short of a triumph for A-ha. The title track is outstanding with it's throbbing bass pulse, treated guitar riffs and Morton Harket's evergreen vocals.Summer Moved On is whimsical and The Sun Never Shone That Day sounds not unlike UK band Garbage's ''Stupid Girl'' which is not a bad thing.One of THE albums of 2000, it's good to have them back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    what a comeback

    this album is awsome. Talk about coming back with a bang! I was afriad of how they might sound now that their older and just got back together. But, i bought it and i love it! It's got a 2000 sound, but still the loveable A-HA style. The lyrics are upbeat as well as the beat.Like wine, they get better as the years pass

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must for Aha fans. A good choice for new listeners.

    I was a huge fan of Aha! during their Hunting High and Low and Scoundrel Days LPs. Admittedly, I was a bit of a teeny-bopper, so the music was probably less important to me than the band's good looks. However, I continued to buy their records, and intermittently followed their career. I wasn't crazy about Stay on These Roads, or East of the Sun, West of the Moon, and so I didn't bother buying Memorial Beach. By that time, I'd more or less written them off. I spotted Minor Earth, Major Sky while on holiday last year, and bought out of curiosity to listen to on the beach. I was delighted to find them back on top form! This is really good album - very dreamy and lush. I would like it regardless of the artist - it has a lovely, distinctive relaxed mood. I agree that some of the tracks are a little weak - I'm not mad about To Let You Win, The Company Man or Mary Ellen Makes The Moment Count - but there are some very high points - particularly the title track, The Sun Never Shone That Day, and Thought That It Was You. I'm disappointed that they are now generally ignored - they're better than a lot of bands in the charts these days, and there are some potential top 10 singles here. Still, I for one will be looking out for their next album - and hoping that they tour this side of Europe again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My New Release Album of 2000

    I highly recommend that any A-ha fans of the 80's buy this as the band still sound fresh and having listened to this on countless occasions it sounds as if the band will never lose their excellent talent. The first five songs are compulsory, MEMS is exceptional whilst flying in an aeroplane, no better place to hear it! As a man said in his review above, I have listened to this in the car on the way to work etc. And typical of the Irish and English markets not to buy this masterpiece, they listen to Robbie Williams instead!!! Highly RECOMMENDED

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great album

    great album. I espessially like ''To Let You Win''

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Minor Earth Major Sky Moderate Disappointment

    After the commercial and critical failure of 1993's ''Memorial Beach'', international pop band a-ha took a seven year sabbatical while each member pursued solo efforts. In 2000, they re-formed to record ''Minor Earth Major Sky'', an ethereal album that mixes trance, ambient and techno-lounge music to moderate effect. It is indeed wonderful to have this vastly underrrated band back in the studio and though it is obvious that they are not attempting to recapture their '80's glory, the music on ''Minor Earth'' is interesting, if not slightly tepid. Lead singer Harket's angelic voice remains an amazing instrument and the others ably back him up. However, the mood on this album seldom wavers from its slightly dreamy electronic haze and the melodies are not as strong as on their earlier work. If one is interested in the new millenium a-ha, this recording might be worth a listen. Even so, if one wishes to hear this talented band at their peak performance, the consumer would do better to purchase their first release, 1985's ''Hunting High and Low'' or their excellent career overview, ''Headlines and Deadlines''.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album, Needs North American Airplay

    This is a great album. Minor Earth Major Sky, Summer Moved On, The Sun Never Shone That Day, and Thought That It Was You all stand out. Until this album is no longer listed as an import, I think it will go unpurchased by many.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A complete album

    The first album in many years, brobebly the best work fram A-HA. 13 tracs off the best music I have ever heard. One of the few bands to day that are abel to make a 100% album. Listen to it, and you know what I meen.

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