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

ABC Audio CD
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definition of Style Sept. 25 2003
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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 A true 5 star review! May 7 2003
Format:Audio CD
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 manner possible. The recently remastered vesion replaced my original cassette of too many years ago and through it I've discovered that, if possible, I find this release even more entertaining now than when it first came out in the 1980's.
Many releases from the 1980's sound so dated as the synth sound was very time-specific, but ABC manages to transcend that with the amazing production of Trevor Horn (who has worked extensively with Seal) and vocals that are very soulful yet cool at the same time. I won't go into the particular songs because I love them all and together they combine to make this one of the essential releases of the 1980's. If you are bored with a lot of the tripe that passes for popular music today (calling all contestants from "American Idol"), give this release a try and you may find yourself not thinking that this is cheesy 1980's nostalgia, but rather a killer set of songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lexicon of Love March 8 2003
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This is something everyone should have in their collection. Without a doubt. Whether you like jazz, or metal, or funk. Whatever your tastes, they should include great music, and at least one album that Trevor Horn has produced :)
This album from start to finish is classic. With a capital C for the class part. Musically smart, lyrically clever (sometimes brilliant), and performed with alot of style, ABC's first full length album can sit on your stereo from start to finish.
To begin with, the songwriting is excellent. With or without Horn, Martin Fry and Mark White did know how to write good songs, melodically catchy and hook laden, with just enough smarts to separate it from the rest of the 80's pack of new Romantic / European disco bands. ABC's album survives trends and fashions just because the album is timeless. Its not mired in a dated 80's sound really. Keyboards and synths are in the background adding texture, String arrangements add the flourishes, and the bass guitar dominates the whole album.
I think my favourite song has always been DATE STAMP on this album. The obvious hits The Look of Love / Poison Arrow will always be what they are, great dance pop, and Many Happy Returns is always a joy to behold.
Just a great album to own, not in nostalgia, just because it is a great piece of work.
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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"? This is, simply put, *the* best album ABC ever released. For me, it sums up 1982 perfectly -- I was in college, I had just bought an unbelievably clever new product by Sony called a "Walkman", and I listened to this album everywhere I went. But memories aside, every track is a winner: the music is lively, the vocals are expressive and passionate, the lyrics are cleverly crafted, and the production is excellent. Some of my favorites are "Look Of Love" (of course), "Poison Arrow", and "Date Stamp". ABC would never again achieve this level of brilliance. Their next album, the truly awful "Beauty Stab", proved this without a doubt. There were a few moments of greatness in later releases such as the songs "Be Near Me", "How To Be A Millionaire", "The Night You Murdered Love", and a good portion of the "Up" and "Abracadabra" albums. But too many of the other tracks seemed like filler material and detracted from these particular gems as a whole. Rumors that ABC's been back in the studio have been floating around for a couple of years now. If it's true, let's hope they give us something that matches the excellence of "The Lexicon Of Love".
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5.0 out of 5 stars timeless
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