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The Lexicon Of Love [Remastered] [Original recording remastered]

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1. Show Me
2. Poison Arrow
3. Many Happy Returns
4. Tears Are Not Enough
5. Valentine's Day
6. The Look Of Love (Part One)
7. Date Stamp
8. All Of My Heart
9. 4 Ever 2 Gether
10. The Look Of Love (Part Four)
11. Theme From 'Mantrap'

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Homegrown soul produced by Trevor Horn and including the pop hit "Look of Love", The Lexicon of Love is bursting with hooks, clever lyrics and synthetic funk-inspired grooves that hold up better than most others from the early 1980s. ABC leader Martin Frey sings with a histrionic despair, at once naive and cynical, and all dressed up by horn and string sections that feel positively overwhelming. Such larger-than-life arrangements may seem over-the-top to some listeners, but as the soundtrack to a lexicon of love--how else would you expect it to sound? --David Cantwell

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4.0 out of 5 stars Smart Disco-pop March 15 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It will probably strike you as a bit too much first, but the groove are really nice, the fact that the guy is smart and pull a couple of joke helps a lot too: "looking for the girl who meet supply with demand!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars On my top five of 80's albums!! Nov. 15 2001
Format:Audio CD
ABC was part of an English movement called the Nite Romantics, along with such bands as Duran Duran. Together, these groups really put to shame the AOR trash that was polluting AM/FM radio like Boston, Chicago,and Kansas. To Martin Fry and the rest of ABC, I salute you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definition of Style Sept. 25 2003
Format:Audio CD
1981: Just when you thought you had heard every David Bowie and Bryan Ferry imitator to warble his discontented angst into the wind, along came ABC. They were smart like Bowie, fashion-mad like Ferry, and (before he became producer du jour) sonically adventurous with Trevor Horn at the dials. Lyrically witty to the point of brilliant, "The Look Of Love" remains a sonic marvel. It combined the lush orchestrations of disco with the propulsion of Motown, with enough English mannerisms to broach "new wave." Horn's production touches also made it sound completely unlike anything else on the radio or dancefloors at the time.
Yet there was more than a dreaded one hit wonder here. Songs like "Poison Arrow" and "Tears Are Not Enough" had more hooks than a hardware department and made radio sound vibrant in the early 80's. Lead Singer Martin Fry also had the looks down for the early generation of MTV, and the high style of the band's early videos (including one of the earliest longform music vid/movies in "Mantrap") gave them the extra boost that they needed to conquer the US. But what really mattered was, and remains, the music. "The Lexicon Of Love" has held its original splendor years after many of the other MTV bands of the period have lost their sheen. This was one of the first CD's I bought when Disc players were relatively new, and the remaster here, as it does with Roxy Music's "Avalon," brings out even more of the original disc's depth and sparkle. I can't imagine my record collection without "The Lexicon of Love."
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ABCs of Making a Great '80s Dance Album Sept. 9 2010
By Kasey G TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
ABC's "The Lexicon of Love" is a lush, classy musical experience that is a definite listen for those only familiar with their singles.

This is one of those albums where the non-hits are just as good as the singles.

ABC basically bridged the gap between disco and the synth-heavy '80s dance music to come. I like to think of this album as a cross bewteen Chic and Roxy Music. It has funky rhythm and a suave lead singer crooning clever lyrics. At times it is positively majestic.

The album opens strong with "Show Me".

The single "Poison Arrow" is next, and its influence can still be heard in the dance music of today.

"Many Happy Returns" starts quietly but doesn't take long to heat up. The chorus has great drumming.

The funkiest track, and my favorite, is certainly "Tears Are Not Enough" (not to be confused with the 1985 single by Northern Lights, Canada's answer to USA for Africa). This one tops the three hit singles on the LP, IMO.

"Valentine's Day" starts out rougher than the other tracks, but a charming xylophone soon appears and although this song is largely instrumental it's my second favorite.

ABC's biggest hit "The Look of Love" is next, and still sounds as good as it did in 1982. I love the wailing at the end "Yipee-i-ayyy".

"Date Stamp" still has a dance beat, but seems more laid back than the previous cuts.

The slower, mid-tempo "All of My Heart" was the follow-up single to "Look of Love".

The weakest cut is "4 Ever 2 Gether". It's a little bit darker and different that everything else that has come before it.

A few of the songs on this album end abruptly, but it's great from start to finish.
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When I heard this album back in 1982, I knew this was to be a sure shot classic. ABC puts together a self-assured, fashionable dive in creating such classy, tuneful dance pop songs with such first-rate literal and metaphoric style with "Lexicon Of Love". Every fantastic track on this CD shines with enhanced sonic clarity thanks in part to the fantastic production by Trevor Horn. Simply a must have for any collection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outshines every record put out in the 80s March 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
To me, this is one of the best albums ever recorded. Unlike much of what was released in the 80s, this album not only stands the test of time, it gets better with each listen. I truly believe that no CDcollection is complete without this materpiece. Brilliantly produced by Trevor Horn, the album flows like a river. There is not one bad song in the bunch, and Martin Fry's vocals give the right amount of emtion to his smart lyrics. This is one of those albums that I would take with me to a deserted island - yes, it's that good. Highly recommended. Brilliant
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Wave Excellence!!! Jan. 14 2004
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I first saw these guys on MTV many moons ago and thought to myself, "Dorks." The music was pretty good but they all looked too nerdy, and being a young teenager at the time I wasn't about to be stigmatized as somebody who listens to ABC. What a mistake that was. It wasn't until I was 32-years-old that I started to feel a nostalgia for the glory days of New Wave. So I started exploring the possibilities. I picked up "Dare" by The Human League (finally), and then I convinced myself to get this album. The music is both catchy and intricate, while never coming off goofy. The real star of this album is producer Trevor Horn. His contribution to the album cannot be measured. All the instruments are crisp and vital, memorable genius. This is a must-have for anyone with even the slightest interest in 80s New Wave. This is a sparkling gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of New Wave's Best!
What can I say that hasn't already been said about this great album! Stunning production work! better sounding than 98 percent of all pop music ever recorded! Read more
Published on Dec 5 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars An 80's Pop Classic
I have owned this album on vinyl, cassette, and CD and will continue to make it my first purchase in whatever new mediums rise in the future.
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Published on Sept. 4 2003 by Kevin Doyle
5.0 out of 5 stars timeless
This is a timeless recording. Although it has lots of the elements of a typical new wave album ABC did such a superb job that this album sounds modern enough for 2003 ( the year I... Read more
Published on July 3 2003 by "joropi"
5.0 out of 5 stars A true 5 star review!
This is one of the few releases that contains a cohesive set of songs that stand out individually and collectively, and most importantly manages to do so in the most entertaining... Read more
Published on May 7 2003 by guillermoj
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lexicon of Love
This is something everyone should have in their collection. Without a doubt. Whether you like jazz, or metal, or funk. Read more
Published on March 8 2003 by Mr. S. St Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING! You'll love it!
Call it what you will, but this is one of the best dance albums ever recorded. From beginning to end, it is fun! Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2003 by mtevcm
5.0 out of 5 stars NEW WAVE, DISCO, DANCE, WHATEVER...IT'S JUST GOOD MUSIC!
Who else but Martin Fry & Co. could produce "Disco" music with just the right amount of twists so that it survives for over 20 years as "New Wave"? Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2002 by Claude Bouchard
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