If you remember a-ha for take on me and that's it. I'll bring you up to speed.
After 27 years at it they have accomplished in North America a Grammy Nomination "best new artist", and countless MTV Awards. In the rest of the world theme songs to the Olympics - Lillehammer 1994, James Bond "Living Daylights" and a couple of other major movie soundtracks. They set a Guniess Book of World Record for paid attendance at a concert 198 000 in 1991, more than Prince, Guns'n'Roses and George Michael at the same venue that same year, as they top out at 60 000. Over 75 million units sold worldwide. Third most watched webcast ever behind only Madonna and Paul McCartney. Longest held note in a European release for Summer Moved On. Over 100 number one hits around the world. Performed at the Noble Peace Prize and Live 8. Q Magazine Inspiration Award. Bands and Artists such as Coldplay, U2, Keane, Franz Ferdinand, Robbie Williams list them as major influences. In fact the Grammy song of the year for Beautiful Day by U2 was heavily influenced by a-ha's song The Sun Always Shines on TV, according to U2 themselves.
So what have they done recently, well Foot of the Mountain hit #3 in the UK and was the 12th most aired song there in 2009 according to BBC Radio.
Would I recommend this release? Absolutely! One song Shadowside would do it for me, but the rest of the release is just as amazing as all their other work.
There is only one down side, this is the last release from a-ha ever, so buy it and enjoy it, and if you can, watch them in concert in 2010, as they are ending on a high note. a-ha's only sad point is that some how they were ignored in North America, except for take on me.