ABC - The Lexicon Of Love II - Review (under-g Best New Album)

“YOU GOT LIGHT, YOU GOT SHADE, YOU GOT BEAUTY AND BEAST/ ALL COME TOGETHER TO MAKE A MASTERPIECE”. OVER THREE DECADES ON, ABC TELL IT LIKE IT IS…


 For some, 1982’s The Lexicon Of Love represents a pinnacle of pop perfection, its literate romance lusciously produced by Trevor Horn, its nostalgic aesthetics a counterpoise to its state of the art sound. Doubters, however, struggle with Martin Fry’s showy vocal mannerisms, the brass fl ourishes, the guitar harmonics, the busy bass lines – Alan Partridge surely mimes along to Poison Arrow – and, in essence, the very extravagance that make its fans so passionate. For ABC to return to their debut, therefore, is a bold move, one whose potential failure risks tarnishing the original’s reputation as well as providing ammunition for those inclined against it.