Release Date: Jul 27, 2009
Record label: Universal
Genre(s): Rock, Pop
The kind of album that sounds like it should be No 1 in Germany, which, of course, it was recently..
On their ninth album, a-ha have rediscovered the synthesiser, but it's a bit desperate to claim, as their press release does, that their current sound sits "comfortably alongside the likes of Little Boots and La Roux". If they're to be likened to another band, Take That would be more accurate - despite lashings of keyboard, Foot of the Mountain's core consists of the same grown-up wistfulness that's powered Barlow and company's comeback. This sort of thing comes naturally to a-ha, whose 1980s hits were shot through with melancholy; as they reach middle age, they're simply growing into themselves.