Review: Best-Selling Pop Music Album "the Sign" by Swedish Pop Music Band Ace of Base
The Sign: front album cover
The album The Sign and the members that perform on it
There are albums in a band’s history that stand the test of time and are classics even to this day. "The Sign" by the popular Swedish pop music band Ace of Base is one such example. The album features the lineup of sisters Jenny and Malin “Linn” Berggren, their brother Jonas Berggren, and Ulf “Buddha” Ekberg. This album was the band’s very first release and contains many hit songs. The album was released in 1993 and is called Happy Nation in Europe. The album is a quick 45 minutes in length and contains, pop, techno, and electronic elements. Here is a review of this famous and best-selling album.
The Sign: the Songs All That She Wants and Don't Turn Around
The first track called “All That She Wants” was an absolute hit once it hit the airwaves on the radio. This one is extremely popular and has gotten lots of plays on radio stations over the years. This one is average at best. “Don’t Turn Around” is a cover song originally written by Albert Hammond and Diane Warren. This one is a classic and features a small rap vocal section by Ulf Ekberg which adds a different yet awesome feel to the song. The song is about the difficulty of letting someone go because the relationship isn’t working out. Breakups are always painful, sometimes for both people involved. There are longer versions of this song on different CD’s. The Sign is one of those high energy pop music albums that I listened to for the first time in late 1993 and early 1994. The memories always last! The most memorable songs for me from this album are Don’t Turn Around and The Sign!
A photo of Malin "Linn" Berggren in Munich Germany
The Songs Young and Proud and The Sign
“Young and Proud” is an okay song. There is not really much to say about this one. “The Sign” is the title track and extremely upbeat. This is one song that you can listen to and dance along with it and it is great if you want to feel better fast.
Living in Danger and Dancer in a Daydream
By the time the album gets to songs 5 and 6 it pretty much hits its peak. “Living in Danger” is about a person living his or her life and making their own decisions in a world where there is so much deceit and lies. The song’s other message is to not trust a stranger. Does that sound familiar? “Dancer in a Daydream” has a techno and pop music feel with great sound. This was always one of my favorites when I was a teenager.
The official music video for the song Don't Turn Around
The Sign: A Brief Look At Songs 7-12
The second half of this album begins with “Wheel of Fortune” followed by a fast, upbeat song called “Waiting For Magic.” That song contains vocals by Jenny as well as some other interesting vocals. The whole song is fast, exciting, and upbeat. Happy Nation” starts off with some Latin lyrics before the band switches to English. The song talks about wanting peace in the world and making sure that we have a world where everyone is interested in the good of others. “Voulez Vous Danser” is a French song title but most of the lyrics are in English. This one features a good vocal set by Linn and Jenny. It also contains some weird sounds but it is a great song. To conclude this album we have “My Mind” and “All That She Wants”. This second version of the song is a little different from the first one and it is not one that I usually listen to.
The Sign Official Music Video
Favorite Song on The Sign
What is your favorite song on The Sign?
Final Thoughts About "The Sign" & Strongest Songs
The Sign has a few tracks that are not very good, but overall it contains several great songs that will increase your mood, make you feel better and you will want to dance to some of these tunes. The album after this called “The Bridge” contains a few more songs and is a better album overall. More than 20 years later, The Sign is an album that all pop music fans should not forget. This album put Ace of Base on the road to stardom and major success for the band. So the strongest songs in The Sign are:
- Don't Turn Around
- The Sign
- Living in Danger
- Dancer in a Daydream
- Voulez Vous Danser
- Waiting for Magic
Is "The Sign" Ace of Base's Best Album?
Looking back at “The Sign” in 2019 is it Ace of Base’s best album? This is a tough call because “The Bridge” was a very solid album as well. The Sign was such a massive commercial success that the album ranked #1 on the US Billboard 200 music charts. It also ranked #1 in the Argentinian, Canadian, and Japanese musical charts which is one of the most impressive finishes for any pop music album ever.
"Dancer in a Daydream"
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