What You Need To Know - September 4, 2015

A-ha’s Cast In Steel - What You Need To Know
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A-ha’s Cast In Steel - What You Need To Know

The Norwegian pop stalwarts return with their brand new album Cast In Steel today (you can preview and purchase it on the right-hand side of the page). Here’s everything you need to know about the band’s 10th studio LP…



A Little Background…

At the end of their world tour in support of 2009’s Foot Of The Mountain, it looked like the journey that started back in 1982 in Oslo for trio Magne Furuholmen, Morten Harket and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy was at an end, to the extent that they’d even called the tour ‘Ending on a High Note’. But, as it turned out, it wasn’t the end for the band.

It looked like it would be for a while though, lead singer Morten Harket released two solo albums, Furuholmen served as a mentor on the Norwegian version of The Voice and Waaktaar-Savoy worked on solo material of his own. However, come the start of this year, the band announced that they were reuniting to perform at this summer’s Rock In Rio Festival in Brazil and rumours started spreading that the band were back in the studio, rumours, that it turned out, were true, with Cast In Steel being the result...

 

Who’s Producing It?

For the first time since 1988 the band have reunited with producer Alan Tarney, the man who helped the band sculpt ‘Take On Me’ and many of their other pop classics.

 

Any special guests?

Not this time, just Furuholmen, Harket and Waaktaar-Savoy.

 

What does it sound like?

They might have had some time apart, but this is still classic A-ha. Sweeping electronics, ornate production with real grandeur and depth and big, big choruses designed to be sang loudly and often.

 

Does it deliver?

Full of the band’s classic grand, sweeping synth pop, whether this is their final bow or now, it’s a worthy record, fans would adore every second of it.

 

A-ha’s Cast In Steel is out now

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