ALBUM TITLE : CAST OF STEEL
ARTIST : AHA
GENRE : POP
DATE RELEASED : 2015
This reunion album was probably intended to whet the appetite of loyal AHA fans who were probably sullen when they announced that they were disbanding years before. Over the years, this Norwegian band have composed and produced several outstanding tracks. Unfortunately, most of the tracks were popular only in Europe and Asia. Thus, many people thought that this pop band is a one hit wonder and telling so would probably incite trouble as the band has been composing beautiful music for over thirty years now. Definitely, this latest effort from AHA deserves a serious scrutiny. Here is a track by track review of the album.
Cast of Steel – is not your typical AHA song where the melody is drown into heavy synths. In fact, you can say that this is probably the most acoustic thing that the band has done.
Under The Make Up – is a dramatic song. You can feel your pulse also soaring as the song rises to its crescendo.
The Wake – is probably a nod to their roots. This song reminds you of the songs they performed during the eighties and early nineties.
Objects In The Mirror – has a song intro that is quite similar to “Bop Bop Baby” from Westlife. This track will remind everyone just how good AHA is at creating pop music.
Forest Fire – if you are looking for good old AHA track similar to “Take On Me,” you will not be disappointed with this track.
Door Ajar – is a track that will impress listeners and tell them that their music is also evolving just like his contemporaries who survived the onslaught of one hit wonder syndrome; bands like Duran Duran.
Living At The End Of The World – be transported into the realms of new wave music with this track.
MYthomania – is a proof that they are still very adept at creating movie soundtrack. Yes, you definitely imagine widescope and cinematic images from the first line up to the last line of this track.
She’s Humming A Tune – by the time you reach this track, you will surely be impressed that the lead vocalist is still able to maintain his smooth vocals. You would probably think that current albums of AHA are dated when in fact, unlike with other bands, the vocal element of this band remains the same thus, the familiarity.
Shadow Endeavors – current generations of listeners would probably conclude once they listen to this track that AHA seems too late on riding the electronica bandwagon. However, older fans would say otherwise and they would claim that this track is just as AHA as the others and definitely better.
Giving Up The Ghost – is like riding a train or catching up the last train. It suits perfectly with the whole vibe of the album which is reflective and salutary; paying homage to their music and giving fans what they want.
Goodbye Thompson – is the most somber song and it feels like listening to a lullaby.
This album will not make you aspire for newer glories for the band. But, it will make you thankful that they still exist and continue to make music that you like from them and the music keeps on getting better and better. I rate this record 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it ,you
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it