NOTHING IS HIDDEN IN THIS SUPPOSED TO BE A GEM OF A RECORD

ALBUM REVIEW               :           HIDDEN GEMS

ARTIST                                  :           ACE OF BASE

GENRE                                  :           POP

DATE RELEASED               :           2015

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It has been a quite a long time since the world has heard about Ace of Base.  This is one of the most successful Swedish act ever to appear in the music scene and they have made some dents in Billboard’s Hot 100 and 200 Album Chart way back in the 90’s.  They hit big time with songs like “The Sign, Cruel Summer, and Don’t Turn Around.”    This year, they are back with a new album and interestingly named “Hidden Gem.”  With that kind of album title, many will be expecting some musical treasures.

The first in this album “Would You Believe” disappoints as it sound like one of their early recordings thus, no hidden gem in here. The second song started with an invitation to a DJ which is quite similar to what Madonna said in “Music”; one of her last song to hit number one in Billboard singles charts. In “Into The Night of Blue,” you have something which is quite familiar with Kylie Minogue euro-beat music; for sure this song will hit Ibiza collection.

“Don’t Stop” has a familiar refrain similar to that of A-Ha’s “Take On Me.” It feels like La Bouche again with “Make My Day” has similar instrumentation with that of her dance club stuff “Another Night.” “Mercy Mercy” has similar musical arrangement with that of their famous cover version of Bananarama’s “Cruel Summer.”  If you are looking for origins of their early hits such as “Don’t Turn Around,” you might probably have heard it here with “No Good Lover.”

“Summer Day” is aptly titled because the song is basically dance, reggae, and euro-beat combo which is a potent combination if you want perfect beach songs during summer and together with “Prime Time” and “Come To Me,” you now have three reasons to down Cuba Libre on the beach. “Pole Position” is not your typical Ace of Bass sound, in fact this is more like a song taken out from any girl group band like The Pussycat Dolls and Fifth Harmony. You feel like watching “Sunset in California” which is quite a nice musical interlude in this album full of beach music.  The album ended well with a magical song “Magic Moment” which is the only hidden gem in this album.

If you want typical Ace of Bass music, this album does not disappoints. But, if you are looking for hidden gems as the title suggested, then you will surely be disappointed.  Thus, the album deserved a 2.5 stars rating out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it

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