A-HA
Scoundrel Days

  1 x LP   180grs   33⅓rpm   

2015 EU repressed on 180g LP-Great music for teens on their way to the age of consent. Highlighht songs like "I've been losing You","The Weight of the Wind", “Cry Wolf” and “Manhattan Skyline.”

Label:  Rhino-Warner 
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Release date: 21-05-2015(Orginally released in 1986)
 
2015 EU repressed on 180g Vinyl-Even stronger and much more exciting than the debut album. Great music for teens on their way to the age of consent. A departure from the pure pop of Hunting High and Low, this album contains several mainstays of the A-ha catalog including “I’ve Been Losing You,” “Cry Wolf” and “Manhattan Skyline.”
 
A-ha’s sophomore effort Scoundrel Days sold over five million copies worldwide and is a prominent favorite of their fans. The album is also a favorite of Harket’s: “Scoundrel Days is the record that most closely resembles our demos. It’s simply an extension of the demos. It didn’t sell anywhere near as much as Hunting High and Low. It demands more from the listener. That’s why it became a darling for many.”
 
Even stronger and much more exciting than the debut album. Great music for teens on their way to the age of consent. You can add Tears for Fears in the playlist with this
 
Tracks:
A1 Scoundrel Days
A2 The Swing of Things
A3 I've Been Losing You
A4 October
A5 Manhattan Skyline
 
B1 Cry Wolf
B2 We're Looking for the Whales
B3 The Weight of the Wind
B4 Maybe, Maybe
B5 Soft Rains of April
 
While not quite as strong as the band's debut, Scoundrel Days is still a-ha succeeding as a marketed "pretty boy" band which can connect musically and lyrically as much as any musical sacred cow. The opening two songs alone make for one of the best one-two opening punches around: the tense edge of the title track, featuring one of Morten Harket's soaring vocals during the chorus and a crisp, pristine punch in the music, and "The Swing of Things," a moody, elegant number with a beautiful synth/guitar arrangement (plus some fine drumming courtesy of studio pro Michael Sturgis) and utterly lovelorn lyrical sentiments that balance on the edge of being overheated without quite going over. Although the rest of the disc never quite hits as high as the opening, it comes close more often than not. A definite downturn is the band's occasional attempts to try and prove themselves as a "real" band by rocking out, as on "I've Been Losing You" -- there's really no need for it, and as a result they sound much more "fake," ironically enough. Other songs can perhaps only be explained by the need to translate lyrics -- "We're Looking for the Whales" isn't an environmental anthem, and neither is "Cry Wolf," but both also don't really succeed in using nature as romantic metaphor. When a-ha are on, though, they're on -- "October" snakes along on a cool bass/keyboard arrangement and a whispery vocal from Harket; "Maybe Maybe" is a quirky little pop number that's engagingly goofy; while "Soft Rains of April" captures the band at its most dramatic, with the string synths giving Harket a perfect bed to launch into a lovely vocal, concluding with a sudden, hushed whisper. The '80s may be long gone, but Scoundrel Days makes clear that not everything was bad back then.allmusicguide
Discs: 1
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): 180grs
Speed(33,45): 33
Label: Rhino-Warner
Originally released: 1986
This release: 2015
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