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
A-Ha ~ Hunting High & Low