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72 Ratings

72 Ratings

Shane_6 ,

The boys have done it again!

For old fans of A-ha who followed them from the beginning and stuck through their renaissance periods – to the original fans who thought they only released a couple of albums and were the quintessential "one-hit-wonders", Cast In Steel has something for everyone. The sound of A-ha has mellowed over the years (not that it was ever "edgy"), but the voice will bring you back. Morten can still hit the high notes, although the songs are not dominated by his perfect falsetto anymore. Paul's pop songwriting is still on point, but I think by this time the music and lyrics are a collaborative effort.

The songs of Cast In Steel have a driving tempo, keeping you engaged and focused on the journey. Each song has a unique soul, with standouts being the title track, Cast In Steel (reminds me of songs from Foot of the Mountain), Objects in the Mirror (Lifelines?) and Living at the End of the World (I can hear Memorial Beach). They still bring out some strings here and there, and most of the songs have a background synth pulsating in and out with a bass line and some contemporary electro 'bling.'

The sound of Cast in Steel on the whole is still as full and rich as you remember from A-ha. Play this album at your next dinner party and bet your guests they can't guess who is flowing from the speakers. And if you are one of those fans who never knew A-ha was still making music, find their discography and start where you left off. Each album is a gem on the A-ha crown.

bflo11 ,

Worth the wait

Yes, I’ve been a fan since the 80s, but I’ll try to be objective here. “Cast in Steel” is, for me, that rare album where I don’t feel the need to skip any of the songs. Not one! I don’t love each track equally, but they’re ALL remarkably good. My favorite is the title track, “Cast in Steel,” and my least favorite is, ironically, the 12th and last entry, “Goodbye Thompson”… but I enjoy listening to them all. “Door Ajar” and “Mythomania” offer a nice counterpoint to the more typical A-ha-sounding songs like “Living at the end of the World” and “Objects in the Mirror.” “Forest Fire” would be a great single. I particularly love “Giving Up the Ghost.” We thought A-ha was gone forever, and I feel incredibly lucky that they decided to release this new album. Just wish I could buy “The End of the Affair” as a single digital download track… not yet possible in the USA as of this writing.

Yulsur ,

Absolution!

I can't stop listening! My heart is pounding. Thank you guys for this album. Amazing job you've done ! Would you be a darling and add USA to your tour please?

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