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The Lexicon Of Love [Remastered] Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 5 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mercury - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B00000I2PG
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #254 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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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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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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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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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