ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Review: Best-Selling Pop Music Album "the Sign" by Swedish Pop Music Band Ace of Base

Updated on March 29, 2020
CELEBSFAN78 profile image

Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is looking to always explore his writing opportunities.

The Sign: front album cover

On the front cover are the two female vocalists that sang for Ace of Base. Jenny is on the lower left and Linn is on the upper right.
On the front cover are the two female vocalists that sang for Ace of Base. Jenny is on the lower left and Linn is on the upper right.

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

Source

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?

See results

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"

Rate the Debut Album of Ace of Base The Sign

Cast your vote for Ace of Base The Sign

© 2016 Ara Vahanian

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)