There are very few classic New Wave/ Synth/ Pop/ Pop-Rock bands coming from 80s squeezed through the ever-shape-shifting landspace of 90s reaching to stomach-churningly despisable 2000s...IMHO Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode and New Order are the untouchables of those bands, in the very same order of talent and musical genius.
Likewise there are some great debut albums that have a special place in my heart from that magical era. One of them is PSB's Please, a magical journey through the eye of a disappointed but cultured materialistic yuppie. Another is, though much more efervescant pop, is AHA's Hunting High and Low...and there is also Alphaville, the creators of that smash worldwide hit Big In Japan. Their debut, Forever Young is a small-scaled masterpiece.
If you were not living in a cave in 80s, you should have already known about Big In Japan, Sounds Like a Melody and the heaven-like Forever Young. They were on air play, on TV, in discos, almost omnipresent songs that shook the hearts and brains of mid-80 youth and teenages. They are simply gorgeous pop songs and will remain so forever.
Two opening songs of the album are also suberp, Summer in Berlin being the outstanding of them. That said, the album slightly loses steam in the middle, only to raise above the clouds with that saintly Forever Young and then the rest flows like a smooth river until it reaches the sea.
Alphaville's debut once more points out that though 80s music might sound cheesy and date, the best of the New Wave/ Pop bands working in that era were doing the music with their hearts in it, with love and passion, to express their worldly feelings, with sophisticated, highly ambigious, but clever intellectual lyrics backed by grandiose and lush synth arrangements...a sharp contrast to current fake, insincere and manufactured musical landscape of today. What a pity!
A bit Bowie, a bit Ultravox, a bit Depeche Mode, a bit of everything 80s, you must enjoy this debut album...It is at your peril if you don't...