The Lexicon Of Love [Remastered] Original recording remastered
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|1. Show Me|
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|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'|
The Lexicon Of Love
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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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."
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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... Read morePublished on March 8 2004 by Bill Appel
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. Read morePublished on March 5 2004 by Martini Houdini
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... Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2004 by D. Knouse
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 morePublished on Dec 4 2003
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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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 morePublished on July 3 2003
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