Hunting High and Low album cover
Hunting High and Low

a-ha

1985
Warner Bros. Records

To say that “Take On Me” has become not only a perfect representation of synthpop at its finest but a full-on multigenerational pop standard, period, understates, from the instantly addictive main melodic hook to Morten Harket’s breathtaking two and a half octave vocal range. But that was just the start, as Hunting High and Low showed to the full: one absolutely lovely song after another, from such singles as the awesomely melodramatic “The Sun Only Shines on TV” and the driving balladry of the title track to winning album cuts like “Here I Stand and Face the Rain.”

Ned Raggett

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