Forever Young Import
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|1. A Victory Of Love|
|2. Summer In Berlin|
|3. Big In Japan|
|4. To Germany With Love|
|5. Fallen Angel|
|6. Forever Young|
|7. In The Mood|
|8. Sounds Like A Melody|
|10. The Jet Set|
Sure, it screams mid-1980s as joyously as any John Hughes teen flick, but this debut--from perhaps the only German export to sound positively gleeful--deserves as long a nostalgic afterlife as Soft Cell's "Tainted Love," Yaz's "Only You" or mid-period Depeche Mode. Forget OMD's "If You Leave," "Forever Young" is the best should-be prom-theme the decade produced. While "Big in Japan" was the KROQ anthem, everything here is deliriously tuneful. Revel in the manic melodies of "The Jet-Set," delight in the guilty synth-pleasure of "Sounds Like a Melody," surrender to the international romantic intrigue of "To Germany with Love," and hope that VH-1 re-discovers them for a reunion tour. --David Daley
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If you like A-ha, you'll love Alphaville.
Now each time I put this on it's 1989 again.
I'm always looking for more New Wave to add to my collection, and for some reason, I always overlooked Alphaville. Honestly, I never liked 'Forever Young' enough to pick up the whole album. And then Napoleon Dynamite came out, and I couldn't desociate Alphaville from that movie. But then I discovered that one of the primary influences of Alphaville is Ultravox. I was intrigued, because I love Ultravox.
So then I picked up Forever Young and I entered the most fabulous musical high I have ever experienced, and I still haven't come down. Everything I love in music is present, enticing and beautiful melodies, lush synthesizers, gorgeous vocals, and a general sense of absolutely infectious epic melodrama. It's like Ultravox with frosting and then some... It's the kind of music that you want to blast over the stereo when you're alone at home, to sing to as loud as you can when you're driving, to listen to endlessly on your headphones before you go to bed, the kind of music you don't want anyone else to know you love, which makes you love it even more.
As for individual tracks, my personal favorite is 'A Victory of Love,' a hauntingly whimsical New Romantic song. Brilliant. Other favorites include 'Summer in Berlin,' which seems particularly Ultravox-esque to me, smooth and enchanting, another great New Romantic track, then 'Sounds Like Melody,' 'Big in Japan,' . . . Well, there's really no point in naming off every track on the album.
Anyhow, you will not be disappointed. Get this album, and then all the other ones too. All great. It's rather sad that when people remember eighties music, they always overlook Alphaville. It's a shame because they're freaking incredible.
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...
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