Three tedious years have crawled by before this capricious
Danish quartette introduced a new album after their highly successful
debut chart-topper Aquarium. Right out of the recording
studios in Scandinavia, Aquarius is yet another Europop/Dance
collection Aqua has released to the worldwide market.
With the advent of this new album, Aqua
has the promise to dominate the dance floors all over the globe
and is unquestionably foreshadowed by the high success of the
first single Cartoon Heroes.
Somewhat comparable to the previous works, this album is mostly
comprised of the fun-loving, beat-driven tunes synthesized by
band members Søren Rasted and Claus Norreen. Combined
with the unforgettable vocals of Lene Grawford Nystrøm
and René Dif, several tracks are reminiscent of past melodies
Barbie Girl and Roses are Red. Although the liveliness
remains, the overall sound has grown over the past years for
it sounds more developed with the addition of new elements. Reggae
influences, Latin American sound and brush with Country themes
are a few new tricks used by Rasted and Noreen after their various
experiences worldwide. The band's period of repose also has affected
the Nystrøm, and in effect, she demonstrates an incredible
vocal power and dexterity.
This sophomore album of Aqua begins with their trademark timpani
solo as it develops into a full orchestral accompaniment in Track
1 Cartoon Heroes -- a probable counter reformation to
their Techno-forged Barbie Girl impression. The Symphonic-Pop
fusion continues intermittently onward with other songs such
as Track 5, An Apple A Day and Track 8, Back From Mars.
Integrated in the collection are epic ballads which showcase
Lene's new vocal talents such as Track 3 We Belong To The
Sea, Track 9 title track, Aquarius and the melancholy
Track 12 Goodbye To The Circus.
This auditory delight will send a rhythm straight to the listeners'
soul until they feel the need to dance. The melodies are so addictive
and entrancing that they captivate and embody the purest of high-spirited
emotions. Aquarius has showcased faultless musical talent
in the Pop and Dance
industry to an extent one hasn't seen since ABBA. Definitely
this is another incredible album not intended for a dance lover's
shelf, but within their boom box.
This article originally appeared
in The Voice,
student publication at Oakwood High in Toronto, Ontario.