The Lexicon of Love

The Lexicon of Love

by ABC

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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ABC's debut album combined the talents of the Sheffield, U.K.-based band, particularly lead singer Martin Fry, a fashion plate of a frontman with a Bryan Ferry fixation, and the inventive production style of former Buggles member Trevor Horn and his team of musicians, several of whom would go on to form the Art of Noise. Horn created dense tracks that merged synthesizer sounds, prominent beats, and swaths of strings and horns, their orchestrations courtesy of Anne Dudley, who would follow her work with the Art of Noise by becoming a prominent film composer, and who here underscored Fry's stylized romantic lyrics and dramatic, if affected, singing. The production style was dense and noisy, but frequently beautiful, and the group's emotional songs gave it a depth and coherence later Horn works, such as those of Yes ("Owner of a Lonely Heart") and Frankie Goes to Hollywood, would lack. (You can hear Horn trying out the latter band's style in "Date Stamp.") Fry and company used the sound to create moving dancefloor epics like "Many Happy Returns," which, like most of the album's tracks, deserved to be a hit single. (In the U.K., four were: "Tears Are Not Enough," "Poison Arrow," "The Look of Love," and "All of My Heart," the last three making the Top Ten; in the U.S., "The Look of Love" and "Poison Arrow" charted Top 40.) ABC, which began fragmenting almost immediately, never equaled its gold-selling first LP commercially or artistically, despite some worthy later songs.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/05/2002
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0731453825024
catalogNumber: 538250
Rank: 50351

Album Credits

Performance Credits

ABC   Primary Artist
Anne Dudley   Keyboards
Martin Fry   Vocals
Andy Gray   Trombone
J.J. Jeczalik   fairlight
Brad Lang   Bass Guitar
Mark Lickley   Bass
David Palmer   Percussion,Drums
Gaynor Sadler   Harp
Kim Wear   Trumpet
Tessa Webb   Vocals
Mark White   Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Anne Dudley   Orchestration
Martin Fry   Composer,Liner Notes
Trevor Horn   Producer
Gary Langan   Engineer
David Palmer   Composer
Steve Singleton   Composer
Mark White   Composer
Giles Smith   Liner Notes

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The Lexicon of Love 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the obligatory groups/tracks in a Night out at the disco/DJ'ing. The ABC'S just fit the ticket
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is fantastic.Every song is great.It sounds as good now as it did back when it first came out back in the 80's.Give it a listen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the best examples of New Romantic Music. ABC was an act of it's time, the 80s. I love the nostaglia of it...recalls the buzz I got from the Carlsberg Elephant before I went to see them at the Hollywood Paladium in 1982.