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.