Hunting High and Low
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|1. Take On Me|
|2. Train Of Thought|
|3. Hunting High And Low|
|4. The Blue Sky|
|5. Living A Boy's Adventure Tale|
|6. The Sun Always Shines On T.V.|
|7. And You Tell Me|
|8. Love Is Reason|
|9. I Dream Myself Alive|
|10. Here I Stand And Face The Rain|
Take on this! The Norwegian trio's 1985 debut album containing the new-wave classic Take On Me (which was also one of the most memorable music videos of the '80s!) plus more iconic synth pop: The Sun Always Shines on T.V.; Train of Thought; Love is Reason , and 6 more!
Hunting High & Low, A-ha's first and biggest selling album, contains four UK top ten hits, including "Take On Me" and "The Sun Always Shines On TV", their only number one hit, which sold 500,000 copies in the UK alone. Arguably the last in a generation of instrument playing and songwriting teen bands, A-ha--like Wham! and Duran Duran--were always far better than they were given credit for, although their lack of enduring crossover success has meant that, unlike, say, George Michael, there has been no widespread re-appraisal of their work. This is unfortunate, because Hunting High & Low is a great album: most definitely not four singles and a bunch of fillers. "Here I Stand And Face The Rain" and "And You Tell Me" in particular are at least as good as the hits. If you liked the singles but had never investigated any further, Hunting High & Low--like the rest of the band's back catalogue--is an undiscovered and underrated gem. --Ronita Dutta
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"Take on Me" might be your classic 80s song, but there are other songs that have a lot of depth on this CD. The songs that follow "Take On Me" are even better. The second song "Train of Thought" has a definite European feel. It is a nice catchy song with and Harket leads the way.. "Hunting and High and Low" is the title song and is definitely one that is as enjoyable as any.
The 2 best songs on the album are "The Sun Always Shines on TV" and "Here I Stand and Face the Rain". "Sun" got a lot of airplay in the U.S. following "Take On Me", but surprisingly didn't crack in the Top 10. The song was arranged beautifully as well as outstanding vocals. "Here I Stand and Face the Rain" starts out with some simple almost 'spanish-like' guitar chords and then moves into some intense instrumentation, followed by more great Harket vocals. I believe you here some background vocals going "aaaaaahaaaaaa" in it.
I bought this CD back in 1985. It was pretty thin in terms of lyrics and liner notes. I don't know if any re-releases have changed this.
I didn't realize until I listened to the CD just how many familiar songs were on this album... many of which I hadn't even realized until now were the work of Aha.
The music, the lyrics, plays on words, and many of their videos (sadly the videos are not included on the CD) show Aha were indeed ahead of their time. Many things about their music and lyrics I appreciated as a youngster have a new meaning for me as an adult, and I can't recommend this album strongly enough. Music for the soul!
After this album, A-Ha never again had success in the US, so you might want to get their greatest hits collection instead (which includes all four of the aforementioned songs).
So, what of the attendant album, Hunting High And Low? The third single, "Train Of Thought" treads more on an industrial line, though still entrenched in pop, with Harket's non-falsetto voice sounding close to Jim Kerr's but with pop sensibilities.
The title track and fourth single is a haunting ballad, where I finally hear Pal Waaktaar's guitars and piano. Some eagle keening sound effects and soaring synths sound before the drums kick in to make the bridge and final chorus more intense.
"The Blue Sky" is harmless pedestrian New Wave pop while the five minute mid-paced ballad "Living A Boy's Adventure Tale" veers more toward Spandau Ballet territory. There's a nice touch with airy synths and a clarinet (I believe).
The second single, "The Sun Always Shines on TV" reached #1 on the UK charts but stalled in the US Top 20. A Top 5 hit in my book. The piano-synths, and Harket's falsetto spouting romantic lyrics, lead to an explosion of guitar and keyboards and an intensity that rivals its predecessor single. The blossoming synths in the chorus must've done it for me.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
What better way to start off an album than with quite possibly the best song of all-time "Take on Me". Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2004 by Matthew McGrath
The first time I heard a-ha was when I saw the then-groundbreaking music video for "Take On Me" on MTV (when they were playing music videos). Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2004 by H. Yu
Don't the opening beats of "Take On Me" get you every time? I know it did me. This album is quite listenable from start to finish with nary a lagging moment. Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2003 by Brian Kious
When I first heard "Take on me" back in the 80's when I was 11-12 years old, I thought it was a cool new sound defining the growing new wave movement. Read morePublished on June 6 2003 by kozmikrokker
When Aha arrived on the scene back in the mid 80's on the
wave of their animated hit maker "TAKE ON ME", many listens like myself
rode out the single and for the most... Read more